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Steam Packet Warns Of Disruption To Sailings


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On 7/4/2022 at 9:43 PM, Omobono said:

and just wait until the  Argentinians  see what it costs to run , the fuel costs will be astronomical ,and I bet the deal was done  long before the massive  hike in worldwide  oil and energy prices , if I am not mistaken our   local sea cat  consumes 54 litres of fuel per nautical mile , so the running costs  are significant when she is not  operating fully laden ,  one has to question in the current climate are sea cats and fast craft still viable ?

the argys wont have the same levels of tax on fuel though , the yanks are crying at 4 bucks a gallon , if   it was only 4 quid a gallon here we'd all be doing back flips.

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2 hours ago, John Wright said:

Hope the Ben is OK. She left Heysham early, before 2am. Hadn’t reached her berth in Douglas at 7am when the SeaCat headed out to Dublin.  ( she was approaching )

There might have been a problem with the SeaCat linkspan, John. So the Cat was using the Ben's usual berth, and the Ben had to wait until the Cat left for Dublin, before being able to get into her berth.   (just an idea)

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2 hours ago, KERED said:

There might have been a problem with the SeaCat linkspan, John. So the Cat was using the Ben's usual berth, and the Ben had to wait until the Cat left for Dublin, before being able to get into her berth.   (just an idea)

Good spot, yes.

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2 minutes ago, Omobono said:

you  would think that with something as important as this  the DOI would keep a spare pump somewhere ! good job it didn't happen TT week  ,mind you when did the DOI ever do any maintenance  ,its wait until its fallen over and we might fix it 

It’s why we have a second link span, as spare or back up.

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There were warnings about late arrivals/ departures from the SP yesterday link span woes.    The landing stage and building at Liverpool is  very much needed and it is no tin shed, it went over budget but in the long run there was no option if we want increase tourism our ports and airport must be the first consideration.

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58 minutes ago, Omobono said:

you  would think that with something as important as this  the DOI would keep a spare pump somewhere ! good job it didn't happen TT week  ,mind you when did the DOI ever do any maintenance  ,its wait until its fallen over and we might fix it 

I read an article about their £19.5m overspend and they say they've saved money by reducing maintenance... same old DOI.

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3 minutes ago, 0bserver said:

I read an article about their £19.5m overspend and they say they've saved money by reducing maintenance... same old DOI.

Sounds like when my wife goes shopping for unnecessary stuff. 

"Why did you buy that?"

"It was 25% off"

"So you spent £1000 in order to to save £250; makes total sense". 

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1 hour ago, hissingsid said:

There were warnings about late arrivals/ departures from the SP yesterday link span woes.    The landing stage and building at Liverpool is  very much needed and it is no tin shed, it went over budget but in the long run there was no option if we want increase tourism our ports and airport must be the first consideration.

There’s only one overlapping sailing/berthing, and that’s the arrival of the Ben at 6am and the departure of Mannanan at 7am.

So they’ve brought forward the departure of the Ben from Heysham by 30 minutes to 01.45 with 05.30 arrival. That allows it to disembark, move, and Mannanan to go back on the link span in time to depart by 7am. It’s not exactly a huge disruption.

Ben is at sea or in Heysham 19.5 hours a day. Only in Douglas 06.00 to 08.45 and 18.00 to 19.45.

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36 minutes ago, John Wright said:

There’s only one overlapping sailing/berthing, and that’s the arrival of the Ben at 6am and the departure of Mannanan at 7am.

So they’ve brought forward the departure of the Ben from Heysham by 30 minutes to 01.45 with 05.30 arrival. That allows it to disembark, move, and Mannanan to go back on the link span in time to depart by 7am. It’s not exactly a huge disruption.

Ben is at sea or in Heysham 19.5 hours a day. Only in Douglas 06.00 to 08.45 and 18.00 to 19.45.

Dependant on disruption. Marine Traffic, ( Mannanan leaving Belfast yesterday was slowed by marine traffic in Belfast) Weather and the odd Medical Emergency. 

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3 minutes ago, 2112 said:

Dependant on disruption. Marine Traffic, ( Mannanan leaving Belfast yesterday was slowed by marine traffic in Belfast) Weather and the odd Medical Emergency. 

Except that won’t impact the Ben. Mannanan arrives 10pm and overnights in Douglas. The only sailings/berthings that cross are the morning ones. Even with weather or emergencies

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  • 3 weeks later...

Wonder whether the steam packet will consider this innovative zero emission design when they think about replacing the Manannan.

600 passengers, 120 cars, some freight. Designed for 3.5 hour crossings above the arctic circle exposed to the Atlantic. They’re double ended no need to turn in harbour.

 

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