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Storm Gerrit puts sailings over festive period at risk

Tue, 19 Dec 2023

With the weather becoming unsettled from this evening (December 19) and Storm Gerrit moving in, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have issued multiple warnings for ferry cancellations/disruptions over the coming days.

The current forecast predicts severe gale force winds reaching highs of 60 mph hitting the Irish Sea from this evening and the Company is warning that all sailings up until Christmas Eve (December 24) are subject to potential disruption.

Conditions are currently looking more favourable during the day on tomorrow (December 20) and the Company is “hopeful” that the Douglas to Heysham 8:15am sailing and its return from Heysham to Douglas at 1:45pm, will go ahead.

The Company is continuing to monitor weather forecasts closely and will advise affected passengers on any changes to the schedule as soon as possible.

So far, the sailings that are at risk are:

  • Tonight’s (December 19) 8:45pm Manxman sailing from Douglas to Heysham
  • Overnight sailing (December 20) 2:45am from Heysham to Douglas

The Master of the ship will make a final decision on these sailings at 5:30pm this afternoon.

  • Tomorrow (December 20) nights sailing scheduled for 7:15pm from Douglas to Heysham
  • The return trip from Heysham to Douglas scheduled for 2:15am on December 21.

The Master of the ship will make a final decision on these sailings at 5:30pm tomorrow (December 20) afternoon.






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