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High Winds disrupt Irish Sea sailings

8th February, 2011

Gale force winds caused disruption to sailings in the Irish Sea this weekend. On Friday 4th February the Liverpool - Douglas container service operated by Mezeron was 10 hours late arriving in Douglas meaning that days shop sales were a write off and the following day, Saturday, sailings of the service were abandoned completely, this meant all freight had to be shipped on the considerably more reliable Steam Packet Ro-Ro service from Heysham.

The Steam Packet Company were not without their own weather related problems either. The Ben-my-Chree left Heysham 45 minutes late this morning (Tuesday), following delays to Monday evening's sailings.

The delays were due to the vessel having to be checked over after being pushed against the dock at the Lancashire port by a freak gust of wind which resulted in a small amount of damage to the vessels bow.

No sailings were missed however and the delays were quickly recovered and the vessel will be back on schedule by lunchtime Tuesday.

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