Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Ben-my-Chree: Manx ferry's three-week overhaul begins

Image caption Work will include an overhaul of the ferry's passenger lounges

The Ben-my-Chree ferry will be out of action for the next three weeks, operators the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have confirmed.

The ship will be given a technical service while it is in dry dock on Merseyside, while the passenger lounges will receive a makeover.

During this time, the Manannan will cover all passenger and car services whilst the MV Arrow will carry freight.

The 12,500 tonne Ben-my-Chree has served the island for 18 years.

A company spokesman said the planned work would include an overhaul of the Executive, Niarbyl and Premium passenger lounges.

Until the Ben-my-Chree's return on 4 May, sailings will depart Douglas for Heysham, Lancashire, at 08:00 BST and for Liverpool at 15:00, with return sailings departing Heysham at 12:00 and Liverpool at 19:15.

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