Five-hour sailing delay as Manannan repairs continue

This afternoon's sailing to Liverpool has been delayed while the Steam Packet Company completes repairs on the Manannan.

The vessel sustained structural damage after striking the linkspan while docking in Douglas last night, resulting in this morning's crossings being cancelled.

The ferry operators now expects the work to be completed early this evening, forcing the company to push to 3pm sailing back to 8pm.

The return crossing from Liverpool, which had originally been scheduled for 7.15pm, will now go at 12.30am.

Ben-my-Chree services are operating to schedule, and the Steam Packet is bringing in a freighter to operate an additional freight sailing.