The Isle of Man Steam Packet has released details of its extra sailings for the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.
The ferry firm will be offering 43,600 extra seats on crossings during the TT and is gearing-up for round-the-clock operations by recruiting extra crew and shore staff to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The Steam Packet will have an extra third return sailing daily with the Manannan, and has chartered fastcraft P&O Express, which, as during previous years, will operate sailings to and from Larne.
The additional capacity has been available to book since last TT and forward bookings for TT 2012 are currently up 5% on the 2011 equivalent. This year is likely to see the fourth consecutive growth in motorcycle arrivals, according to the company.
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:
“The TT Taster for £99 return has assisted in growing numbers during Practice Week specifically, but the main reason for this 5% growth to date must no doubt be due to the improved TV coverage, the cinema blockbuster ‘TT Closer to the Edge’ and the popularity of the event.”
“We have to cater for as many vehicles during the TT as are carried in the previous five months of the year, which is always a logistical challenge. The extra sailings enable our company to maintain a 'round-the-clock' service as we transport TT fans from all over the world to the Island to share in this unique and exciting event.”
Isle of Man Department of Economic Development political Member with responsibility for tourism Geoff Corkish added:
“We are very pleased that the Isle of Man Steam Packet is providing extra capacity during the TT Festival which is our busiest time of the year.”
“Without the support and commitment of the company, and indeed all our industry partners, we would be unable to accommodate so many of the TT visitors who head to the Isle of Man each year to experience the most prestigious motorcycle festival in the world.”
“The Island is looking forward to welcoming fans from around the globe and looks forward to an exciting fortnight of great racing and world-class entertainment.”