Thursday 17 August 2023

First Day in Service for Isle of Man Ferry Manxman

Manxman approaching Heysham on its inaugural passenger sailing from Douglas on 17th August
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's new ro-ro ferry Manxman made its first passenger sailing on Thursday 17th August. The Manxman was timetabled to leave Douglas at 08:45, but the departure was delayed for half an hour due to loading problems, the delay meant that the ferry arrived at Heysham somewhat later than advertised. The ship was scheduled to sail from Heysham on the return journey to Douglas at 14:15, but its departure was delayed until 15:00. The Manxman was constructed at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea, having been ordered in July 2020. The ship was launched in June 2022 and commenced sea trials in December of that year. The delivery voyage to the UK of approximately 12,000 miles started on 13th May, 2023.

Manxman passing the remains of the wooden South Jetty at Heysham Harbour
Manxman approaching the harbour entrance at Heysham
Manxman passing the South Pier Lighthouse at the entrance to Heysham Harbour
A rear view of Manxman entering Heysham Harbour with a truck on the upper car deck
Manxman turning around in Heysham Harbour
Manxman about to reverse into its berth
Manxman berthed at the loading ramp in Heysham Harbour
Manxman setting sail for the return voyage to Douglas in the Isle of Man
Manxman passing though the harbour entrance at Heysham on its way to Douglas

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