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A comprehensive round-up of the latest business news covering all sectors within
                            the Isle of Man’s diverse and dynamic business environment.


          CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON ISLE OF MAN STEAM

          PACKET COMPANY FLAGSHIP VESSEL

          Construction has commenced on Manxman, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s new fl agship ferry,
          at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.
              he 133m-long vessel, which is due to   Plasma fi les are produced from the approved   community up-to-date with the progress of
              replace the Ben-my-Chree when she   construction drawings to allow the shipyard’s   Manxman ahead of her coming into service,
         Tcomes into service in 2023, will be able   plate cutting machines to automatically and   scheduled for spring 2023.’
          to carry 949 passengers and have 495m2   accurately cut each piece of the vessel. There
          additional space for freight and vehicles.   will be up to two months of plate cutting, panel
                                            production, plate bending and pipe production
          O  cials from the Steam Packet Company,
                                            before block construction, and then keel laying,
          Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Sea Quest Marine
                                            can commence.
          Project Management (specialist shipbuilding
          consultants), Houlder Naval Architects and Lloyds   Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Managing
          Register (Class Surveyor) were all in attendance   Director Brian Thomson said: ‘The steel cutting
          at the milestone event - known as the steel   ceremony is a milestone occasion and cause
          cutting ceremony - on site in Ulsan today, where   for celebration which signifi es that after years
          a formal pushing of the button took place to mark   of planning, the construction of Manxman is   IOMSPC and HMD Steel Cutting Ceremony -
                                                                                      Manxman - 20th August 2021
          the fi rst piece of steel being cut.   under way. The Project Team has been working
                                            incredibly hard to ensure the project stays
          This signifi es that the detail design of the vessel   on track and it’s fantastic to see everything   For the latest updates on Manxman, keep an
          – comprising a total of around 300 detailed plans   progressing as scheduled.   eye on the Steam Packet Company blog: www.
          – has been fi nalised and agreed by the Steam                        steam-packet.com/blog/isle-of-man-steam-
          Packet Company Project Team and construction   ‘This is a very exciting time for the Company   packet-company-new-vessel-progress
          can commence.                     and we’re looking forward to keeping the Island
           VIEWS SOUGHT ON KING SCALLOP


           PLANS


           A public consultation is seeking views on major changes to the future management of the Island’s £
           multi-million king scallop industry to ensure its long-term sustainability.
               he industry is of signifi cant commercial   •   Long Term Objectives  Dr David Beard, IoM SMB industry
               importance for the Island, generating up   •   Co-management   representative, said: ‘In response to industry
           Tto several million pounds from landings   •   E ort management and regulating fl eet   calls we worked with DEFA and Bangor
           in Manx territorial waters each year, depending   capacity         University to develop these proposals, which
           on stock status and market demand.  •   Technical measures         are grounded in the aim for long-term bio
                                             •   Industry-led research funding      economic security for both the stock
           Initiated by the Isle of Man Scallop
           Management Board (SMB) and jointly   Geo rey Boot MHK, Minister           and people that depend on it.’
           developed with the Department of   for Environment, Food and                 The 12 week consultation
           Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) the   Agriculture, said: ‘We have    can be found on the
           consultation follows industry calls for a longer-  listened to the industry and   Government’s consultation
           term and more strategic management plan.  we now want their views              hub and will run until 29
                                            to help us make the right                     October. Paper copies are
           If backed the changes would mean a signifi cant
                                            decisions.                                    also available from DEFA
           departure from the existing management
                                                                                         o  ces in St John’s.
           framework to one that takes account of   ‘The proposals would see
           ‘bioeconomics’, ensuring sustainability and   a signifi cant change in the   People will also be able to ask
           conservation of the king scallop stock and   management of the fi shery, so   questions at a series of drop-in
           economic sustainability for businesses.  that opportunities are allocated in a way   sessions at the Peel Hub, on the Isle of
                                            that allows for profi table levels of catch whilst   Man Food Park, which will be held during the
           People who work in the industry or have an
                                            also incorporating the fundamental biological   consultation period. Details of the date and
           interest in it are encouraged to share their
                                            limits of the resource – to help deliver a truly   times of these session will be promoted in the
           views on proposals which include:
                                            sustainable King Scallop industry for the future.’  coming weeks.
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