(13 March 2020) The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company‘s flagship carrier has proved its reliability once again over the past year. Figures from the past 14 months show conventional ferry Ben-my-Chree had a punctuality record of more than 94 per cent. The vessel completed 1,491 sailings during 2019 and throughout January and February 2020, with her main engines accumulating more than 12,000 running hours.
She also travelled approximately 83,044 miles in 2019 with a technical reliability record of 98.94 per cent, and only two cancellations due to technical issues.
Ben-my-Chree operates services throughout the year, including twice daily sailings to Heysham. Between 20th April and 6th May, she will undergo her annual scheduled overhaul, which will include the testing of equipment and safety checks.
When Ben-my-Chree goes into dry dock, fast craft Manannan, which will resume her usual seasonal services on Friday 27th March, will operate return morning sailings to Heysham to minimise disruption for passengers.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The Ben-my-Chree continues to be a reliable vessel which serves our Island well and these figures highlight her value.’