Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 28-01-2014

Cretney responds to ferry question

by Joanne Clague

Cretney responds to ferry question - picture

Infrastructure Minister David Cretney says his department made "sustained efforts" to accommodate what he described as the various changing plans of the Ellan Vannin Line.

EVL has reportedly abandoned plans for a rival ferry service, stating it has just received a rejection from the harbour authorities.

Responding to a House of Keys question from Onchan MHK David Quirk, Mr Cretney said his department had been approached by EVL in October last year to discuss using the government-owned linkspan, which is subject to a user agreement with the Steam Packet Company, during TT 2014.

In the Keys, Mr Quirk asked the Minister whether his department had been given an ultimatum by EVL. In a lengthy response, Mr Cretney said he'd been concerned about a comment on the company's website suggesting his department was causing a delay. He said the lack of availability of the linkspan "was again made clear".

He said there was no reason why EVL could not operate a ferry service from Douglas using a non-linkspan berth "as my department had expected for several months".

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