Wind farm presents problems for ferries

Proposals for an Irish Sea windfarm extension have failed to reflect the potential impact on the Isle of Man, according the the government’s Director of Harbours.
Captain Michael Brew was commenting on a public consultation on Wednesday at the Villa Marina where energy company DONG Energy put forward its proposals for enlarging the existing Walney wind farm off the coast of Cumbria.
Captain Brew echoed widely-expressed fears that the proposals could hit ferry travel. Pressure group Travelwatch has already alerted the public to the potential for increased journey times and higher fares if the ferries have to detour.
‘There is a big risk of greater diversions and in the worst case a greater risk of sailings being cancelled because bad weather routes are restricted by the position of a wind farm,’ Captain Brew said.