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Manannan due back in service today

Fast craft repaired after pier crash

Steam Packet fast craft Manannan is due back in service today (3 April), more than a week after she was badly damaged in a crash.

The vessel has been in dry dock at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead since Tuesday, for extensive repairs to her central hull.

It was gashed open when the craft hit Victoria Pier on approach to Douglas harbour on the night of March 23.

The Steam Packet says the work was completed on Thursday, but Manannan has had to wait until Sunday to sail out on the first available 'undocking' tide. 

She's due to depart Douglas for Belfast at noon, returning from Northern Ireland at 4pm.

Sunday afternoon's sailing to Liverpool has been put back from 3pm to 8pm, with the return now scheduled for 11.30pm tonight.

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