Engine requires full rebuild
The Manannan is to run on three engines for the remainder of 2023.
It's after one of its engines was damaged.
Initial investigations suggest one engine will require a full rebuild at the end of this season.
Recent sailings have been taking longer to reach Liverpool than usual, and its schedule has been amended at various points this week.
Today's sailings have again been brought forward due to 'operational reasons'.
The Steam Packet has now confirmed that 'assessment of recent damage to one of the engines is ongoing, but initial investigations suggest it will require a full rebuild'.
As a result of the issue, passengers will see an increased crossing time of approximately 3.5 hours to get to the Merseyside dock.
In order to reduce subsequent delays on the evening sailing, the Company has decided to depart Douglas earlier in the day going forward.
Information about Manannan sailings will be communicated to customers via text and email.