Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Pacemaker Press Posted: 21 Jun 2015
Steam Packet have announced there will be fewer ferry sailings to the Isle of Man during the TT next year.
One of the boats the Manx firm charter from P&O has been removed from service and therefore will not be available, and with no replacement offered this will mean a reduction in sailings during the busiest period of the year.
14,055 bikers travelled to the Island by ferry in the two-week period this year, but with fewer ferries from Ireland, Heysham and Liverpool there could be a reduction in spectators for 2016.
A Steam Packet spokesperson commented: “Given the current situation, we expect to see a reduction in the total number of bikes we will carry.”
“The Ben-my-Chree and Manannan [Steam Packet’s ships] have already been scheduled to operate additional Belfast sailings to accommodate Irish fans heading to the races.
“Adding these extra Irish services means the number of sailings from Heysham and Liverpool is slightly reduced.
“We will keep looking for a replacement charter and have already approached several companies – none at present has indicated a willingness to release vessels.”
This comes after Steam Packet took over 3,300 bookings for TT 2016 in just ten hours when sailings became available earlier this month, with total online bookings so far 80% up on when ticket sales went live in 2014.
It is thought there are still limited ferry crossings available for TT 2016, but with the latest news it is probably best to act fast if you want to secure yours!