Today's sailing of the Scillonian had to be cancelled due to an electrical fault.
The problem was discovered yesterday and the vessel's return to Penzance was delayed while engineers travelled to the islands to make repairs. However, the fault subsequently reoccured.
Passengers waiting on the quay while the Scillonian was delayed yesterday. Refreshments were handed out. Photo by Robin Mawer
A spokesman for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group said today: “Following a routine test of the emergency systems on the Scillonian III passenger ferry, an electrical fault in the back-up batteries was identified on Monday 30th July, which meant the ship was delayed sailing back from the Isles of Scilly to Penzance. Electrical engineers were able to repair the systems so the ship could sail later that day, arriving into Penzance at 10.30pm.
“However the same technical fault has continued today (Tuesday 31st July) and as a result, regrettably today’s sailing to the islands had to be cancelled. Our team of electricians are doing everything they can to resolve the problem and ensure the vessel can return to service as quickly as possible.
“The majority of passengers due to travel on Scillonian III today have been transferred to Skybus fixed wing flight services or Island Helicopter services from Land’s End Airport. Our Travel Centre representatives are making contact with passengers to help organise their travel arrangements.
“We apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience caused by this technical issue, and extend our thanks to the businesses and individuals who are helping us at this time. We will share further updates when we have them.”