Christmas travel chaos as thick fog significantly disrupts Isle of Man ferries


Heavy fog over the Irish Sea resulted in ferry cancellations between the Isle of man and Lancashire, causing serious disturbances Christmas travelers.

Weather prevented the Ben-my-Chree from docking safely in Heysham on Saturday and Sunday noon, forcing the boat to return to Douglas on both days.

Meanwhile, the ferry sailing to Douglas in the early hours of Sunday morning was canceled due to persistent fog.

Most ferry trips this week as Christmas approaches are sold out or have limited space to travel with vehicles.

the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company offered support to affected passengers and said they are doing what they can to try to minimize the further inconvenience.

General Manager Brian Thomson said: “The weather was really against us this weekend, but our team worked incredibly hard to support affected passengers and organize additional vehicle space for some of those who were unable to travel. during the weekend.

“Obviously we attempted to carry passengers to Heysham with the caveat that we may not be able to dock and that is what happened until the Sunday night navigation when the fog s ‘is finally dimmed.

“We apologize to all passengers whose travel plans have been affected and can assure you that we are doing everything possible to minimize the impact over the coming week.”

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