Ferry smashes into port during storm on Isle of Man

Witnesses described the scene as 'carnage'

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This is the dramatic moment a huge vessel smashes into a pier due to high winds with shocked onlookers describing the scene as 'carnage'

The video shows the flagship vessel of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company smashing into the dock at Douglas Harbour after it sailing from Birkenhead, report the Liverpool Echo.

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The dramatic footage captured by passenger Jason Cheetham shows the vessel crashing into the structure as it came in to berth at the King Edward VIII pier last night.

It destroyed the barrier and causing water to gush onto the surface of a nearby vehicle area.

The Ben-my-Chree set off from Wirral's Twelve Quays terminal shortly before 2pm yesterday, and was due to arrive in Douglas at 6.10pm for its onward journey to Heysham.

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Shocked spectators described the scene as "carnage" but fortunately no injuries were reported to passengers or crew.

However Steam Packet employees can be seen gesturing frantically when they realise what is about to happen.

A statement put out by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company - which also operates regular ferry services between Liverpool and the Isle of Man - said the Ben-my-Chree encountered significantly stronger than forecast easterly winds when it arrived at Douglas Harbour this evening, which resulted in the vessel "making contact" with the pier.

Once the wind dropped, the Ben-my-Chree was able to safely berth alongside the King Edward Pier.

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The company added that engineers will work through the night to assess any damage and a diving inspection will be arranged during daylight hours.

In the meantime, all sailings of the Ben-my-Chree have been cancelled until further notice.

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Isle of Man Steam Packet Company chief executive Mark Woodward said: "We apologise to our passengers whose travel plans have been disrupted as a result of this unfortunate incident.

"We will do all we can to minimise the disruption and to get services back to normal as soon as possible."

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having began operations in 1830.

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