Manxman construction begins in South Korea for the Isle of Man Steam Packet

Construction of the Manxman has started at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea, with the ship set to become the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company‘s new flagship ferry.

The first steel cut for the 133m-long Manxman took place yesterday at the Asian shipyard responsible for building the ferry that is to replace Ben-my-Chree when the ro-pax enters service in 2023.

The new ferry will be able to carry 949 passengers and 495 m2 of additional space for freight and vehicles.

Representatives from Steam Packet Co, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Sea Quest Marine Project Management (specialist shipbuilding consultants), Houlder Naval Architects and Lloyds Register (Class Surveyor) attended the steel cutting ceremony at Ulsan.

During the steel cutting event, the button had to be formally pressed to mark the first piece of steel to be cut. The event meant the detailed design of the ship comprising a total of around 300 detailed plans. This was finalized and accepted by the Steam Packet project team for the start of construction.

Plasma files are produced from approved construction drawings to enable the shipyard’s plate cutting machines to automatically and precisely cut every part of the ship. There will be up to two months of plate cutting, panel production, plate bending and pipe production before construction of the blocks and then keel laying can begin.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Managing Director Brian Thomson said: “The Steel Cutting Ceremony is a momentous occasion and a cause for celebration, which means that after years of planning, the Manxman construction is underway. The project team worked incredibly hard to make sure the project stays on track and it’s fantastic to see everything progressing as planned.

“This is a very exciting time for the company and we look forward to keeping the island community updated on Manxman’s progress ahead of its commissioning, scheduled for spring 2023.”

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