Ferry grounded for repairs

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THE Isle of Man to Heysham ferry spent three days docked to have a damaged bow refitted.

Ben-my-Chree has now resumed normal service following the repairs. The bow thrust unit was damaged in May this year by ingested debris.

The unit was removed in dry-dock in June, and Ben-my-Chree continued to operate on one bow thrust unit while the second was repaired by specialist Scandinavian manufacturer, Wartsila.

On two separate occasions, Wartsila failed to meet the promised repair timeframe, which meant planned dry dock slots, freighter charter, crewing and other planned arrangements had to be cancelled.

See The Visitor (27-12-11) for full story.