Insight given in Tynwald answers
Tenders are now in, to build the road that would take passengers to and from the new vessel berth, at Princes Half Tide Dock in Liverpool.
And the Infrastructure Department is considering specifying the use of liquified natural gas and/or low sulphur diesel, in any replacement Steam Packet vessels.
These details are given in a series of Tynwald written answers.
There is the indication in these answers of the Government's arms length approach to running the ferry company which means there are some areas where the Infrastructure Department doesnt know specific details.
For example the detailed contractual agreement between the Packet and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company.
We are told that Liverpool Council has now been given planning permission for the road link to and from the proposed berth and that tenders for that work were due in earlier this week. Construction work aparently will start in October and will take a year.
The purchase of the Princes Half Tide Dock has not yet been completed.
The new dock, it's proposed, will be opened in March 2020 and the current landing stage will still be in use on January 1st 2020. But before planning is sought there will be a public consultation.
The Tynwald questions, in the main, are from Lib Van leader Kate Beecroft.
One imagines they won't be the last.