Ferry overhaul costs a packet

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The Heysham to Douglas ferry is returning to service following a £1.6 million overhaul and refurbishment.

The 12,500 tonne Ben-my-Chree which has been in operation for 16 years, went into dry dock at the end of April for her regular biennial ‘service’.

Work to the public areas includes a new layout in the café bar, including extra banquette seating, tables, tub chairs and walkway layout, new carpets and Amtico planks.

In the main lounge, new carpets and flooring have been installed, seats have been re-upholstered, artwork and signage updated, table tops replaced and new LED lighting has been installed.

All work is on schedule, allowing Ben-my-Chree to return to service in plenty of time before the TT.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: “Ben-my-Chree undergoes a technical overhaul every two years and this year we have taken the opportunity to also enhance facilities for both passengers and crew.”