Hooper Demands Steam Packet Answers

Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper has called on the Tynwald Public Accounts Committee to look into the Steam Packet crew restrictions debacle as a matter of urgency.

A row recently erupted where the gov and Steam Packet realised they had different opinions as to what was required of the company’s Manx based crewmembers. The gov thought they were isolating after each shift, while the Steam Packet said this was not the case.

A party statement said: ‘We are not seeking scapegoats or conducting a witch-hunt, but people have been imprisoned for breaches of Covid regulations. Lessons must be learned from any failures by Government and/or our Steam Packet Company. Open and transparent government at this critical time is paramount.

‘Liberal Vannin are calling on the Chief Minister to fulfil his promise and share the results of the recent investigation into the “misunderstanding” between Government and the Steam Packet.  With the Island now entering its second circuit breaker lockdown this year, the “Great Manx Public” deserve answers: 

  • What was the extent of this misunderstanding?

  • Why did the misunderstanding last for months before the inevitable Covid

  • infection arose?

  • What scrutiny of the isolation regime for Steam Packet employees was in

  • place and why did it fail?’

During Tuesday’s Keys sitting, the Chief Minister said the gov’s Chief Secretary was looking into the matter and that he was keen to ‘avoid a witch hunt’.