Proposals to build a marina at Port St Mary on the Isle of Man have been approved by the island's Government after years of debate.

Proposals to build a marina at Port St Mary on the Isle of Man have been approved by the island’s Government after years of debate.

The town has long been mooted as an ideal marina site, as it forms a useful stop-off point at the south of the island for those crossing the Irish Sea. At present boaters have to travel along the Manx coast to Douglas or Peel to find a berth.

Construction will involve building two new breakwaters to enclose a sheltered harbour with a protected, north westerly facing entrance.

A time scale for the project has yet to be finalised although dredging will be required before work on the marina can begin.