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Ministers poised to decline SPC offer

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer

Govt to continue talks with operator

An offer by the Steam Packet which would extend the user agreement beyond 2026 with a promise of investment in new vessels is likely to be declined by government – for now at least.

The Council of Ministers believes the proposal does not provide the Island with an effective long-term solution to secure a satisfactory and sustainable provision for sea services.


However, it is recommending infrastructure chiefs continue negotiations with the Steam Packet, as well as exploring other options that offer greater benefit to the Island.


The recommendation will be debated in Tynwald next week.


Minister Ray Harmer says all options are on the table but it’s too early to speculate.

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