In return for the almost exclusive use of the left panels on the island, the company must invest in new ships and offer regular services throughout the year. They are also invited to support the Community, provide apprenticeships and take measures to reduce carbon emissions. “Reaching this agreement has been a great undertaking and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the conclusion of this historic agreement. This government was committed to protecting the island`s strategic maritime services and took clear and decisive action to do so. This agreement reinforces the role we expect Steam Packet to play in our community and gives the company the certainty of making investments to improve services in the future. We look forward to working with the company to protect our strategic marine services for the next 25 years.” A key element of isle of Man`s maritime services is the Linkspan Use Agreement, which has played an important role in securing modern vessels, growing the market, competitive rates and improved services. The current user agreement has been extended until 2026, although the department is in the process of identifying and negotiating the terms of a new agreement with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited, which will replace the current user agreement. In the meantime, Manannan will renovate some of its passenger facilities by March 2021, while the deal also includes a new ship that will replace the fast-moving vehicle by December 2026. Here you will find a full summary of the facilities and services that travelers would like to see on the Heysham Road. He said: “As a company that plays a vital role in the Manx community, our interests are entirely geared towards what is best for our island and I firmly believe that the new Maritime Services Agreement will bring considerable added value in the coming years and stabilise the long-term future of maritime services for the island and its people. To understand what is important to our customers and measure public opinion as we prepare to invest more in our fleet, we launched a survey in November 2019. Island Global Research was commissioned to conduct the investigation to determine which onboard facilities and services were deemed most important to our passengers.
“As a company that plays a vital role in the Manx community, our interests are fully focused on what is best for the Isle of Man, and I firmly believe that this agreement will show confidence in the future and allow us to continue to implement the investment plans. Not only will it stabilise the future of maritime services for the island and its people, but it will also significantly improve ships and infrastructure in the years to come. In April, as a result of our analysis, we published a detailed summary of the survey results. . . .