She was built in 1998 by Incat Tasmania PTY Ltd as Yard Number 50 and is 96m long with a 26m beam and 4m maximum draught.
Powered by 4 x resiliently mounted Caterpillar 3618 marine diesel engines (28,800 KW Total Power @ 1050 RPM) and Water Jets ( 4 x 150D Wartsila LIPS - steering and reversing) she has a top speed of 37.5 knots with a full load although this can increase to 50 Knots when running light.
In 1998 as Devil Cat she worked for a short time for the TT LIne and then for a couple of years crossing the Cook Straits for a local ferry company.
In 2001 she was commissioned into the US Navy on a five year charter as the USS Joint Venture (HSV-X1). Reconfigered with the addition of a helicopter flight deck and internal modifications she was able to carry 400t of cargo and 325 combat personnel up to 3000nm. In 2003 she operated with the US Navy as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in a variety of roles.
She was bought by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company in May 2008 and was fitted out in Portsmouth for her new role following a 11,868mile journey from Hobart which she did in 27 days. Arriving in Douglas on 11 May 2009 her maiden voyage for the Company was on 22 May 2009.
GRT = 5473 and NRT = 2057
She can carry 850 passengers and crew in addition to 200 vehicles and makes the crossing across the Irish Sea in 94 minutes.
Accommodation on board includes a variety of seating areas including two cinema lounges, a large bar area at the stern and a cafe. There are also a number of lounges on the upper deck for reserved, premium and executive club passengers.
Manannan is named after the Celtic God of the Irish Sea.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company began operations in 1830, they
currently carry approximately 600,000 passengers and 170,000 vehicles per year (cars and motorcycles) between Liverpool and the Isle of Man.
MMSI - 235070199
REG - UK
IMO - 9176072
Call Sign - 2BXK7
Passenger / Ro-Ro Cargo Ship
Built - Incat Tasmania , Hobart, AU
Yard No - 50
L 96m W 26m
GT - 5473
Year - 1998
Liverpool, 11 April 2014