Scillonian III will soon move into Penzance dry dock for scheduled maintenance after returning from her 208th round trip to the Isles of Scilly this year.
The vessel will now undergo a full service, including an overhaul of both engines, deep cleaning and inspecting safety equipment. The process normally takes around four and a half months to complete.
Her crew will continue to work throughout the winter in order to keep the ferry in good condition for next season, while the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's freight service will also continue.
Steamship Group Managing Director Mark Howarth said: “Scillonian III saw another successful season this year, making 208 return trips between March and November 2017. During these trips, over 121,000 passengers were transported to and from the Isles of Scilly.”
The distance sailed by Scillonian III in her 40th anniversary season was 16,224 nautical miles, the equivalent to travelling three quarters of the way around the world.
The ship will return to operation in March 2018 and bookings are open. Find out more at www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk.