| Steam Packet to suffer if
TT is Cancelled
The Steam Packet will be hit hard if the TT is
cancelled as a result of the crisis.
Geoff Corkish, communications
manager, said: 'It would be a big loss to the company but an even bigger loss
to the Isle of Man as a whole.'
Mr Corkish didn't give an exact loss
figure but said: 'Suffice to say it is a lot of money.' He added: 'This is
illustrated by the fact we have six vessels on over the period.
in recent years have carried around 35,000 passengers, 15,000 motorcycles and
3,500 to 4,500 vehicles.
'We roster in excess of 200 sailings over the
fortnight. That shows the importance we place on the TT. We play a major part
but we don't stand alone in that.'
However, he stressed as far as he was
concerned the TT was still on. He said the Steam Packet was not lobbying the
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries or Forestry or the emergency planning
committee about a cut-off date.
'We are dictated by the Department of
Agriculture the same as the hotels and everyone else. The TT is on. We are
anticipating that it is going ahead. We must remain upbeat on this,' he
Mr Corkish said worried customers who are ringing the Steam Packet
are being told that in the event of the event's cancellation, refunds will be
'We have already said to people standard fares will be
refunded in the normal way as per normal conditions - the full fare less the
applicable cancellation fee.
'We will hold special offer fares in
credit until the end of the year - these are not normally refundable.' He said
everyone associated with the TT would suffer if it was cancelled but he was
confident this wouldn't be the case.
'We can only assume that everything
is going ahead and the Island is open for business,' Mr Corkish said.
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