Isle of Man ferry returns to service after 'overhaul'

Ferry in dry dock The Ben-my-Chree has been in Manx service for 16 years

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The Isle of Man's ferry will return to service on 21 May after a biennial technical overhaul, said operators.

The 12,500 tonne Ben-my-Chree has been in dry dock at Cammell Laird shipyard since the end of last month.

During this time freight and passenger services were covered by two other vessels; the MV Arrow and the Manannan.

The Steam Packet company said the refurbishment of the passenger and crew areas on the Ben-my Chree were made in response to customer feedback.

Chief executive Mark Woodward said the biennial service work cost £1.6m and included improvements to the main lounge area.

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