Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Manx Freight Ferry Under Fire

High charges impede trade
Shipping News Feature

ISLE OF MAN - The Isle of Man’s ferry operator, The Steam Packet Company, is under fire for excessive fuel charges. The Manx government has announced that it is to launch an inquiry into allegations that the company’s policy is damaging trade between the island and the UK mainland.

Haulage firm owner Steve Brown told the Liverpool Echo that: “It costs me around £200 to get to Dublin, and around £500 to get to the Isle of Man. I could understand the fuel surcharge when oil prices were high, but they’ve come down since then.”

Kirsty Hemsley of the Manx Office of Fair Trading added: “I would like to encourage members of the public and businesses to put forward views on this important subject that affects everyone, directly or indirectly.”

The Steam Packet Company has announced that it plans to review its prices in September.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the inquiry should email: iomfairtrading@gov.im