Here you’ll find news, press releases and articles about NorthLink’s activities throughout the year! Check back often as it’ll be updated regularly!
A NorthLink Ferries advertising campaign, launched this week, sees the iconic Magnus Viking logo featured for the first time on buses and in train stations in Scotland’s largest cities. The adverts aim to encourage residents and visitors in both Glasgow and Edinburgh to experience the Northern Isles by travelling with the lifeline ferry service.
The ARCHIE Foundation has been chosen by NorthLink Ferries to receive the proceeds of fundraising efforts taking place on the company’s three boats, MV Hamnavoe, MV Hrossey and MV Hjaltland. Jamie Smith, Regional Fundraising Manager at The ARCHIE Foundation, visited the NorthLink Ferries Lerwick terminal this weekend to take part in a sponsored walk to Scalloway with a team of ferry company staff and crew.
NorthLink Ferries has gifted funds to nature organisation RSPB Scotland, helping to support the charity’s ongoing education programme in Orkney. The donation of over £2,200, which was was raised from last year’s nature cruise on board passenger vessel MV Hamnavoe, will help fund RSPB Scotland’s community outreach programme, which delivers outdoor education to young people across the islands.
NorthLink Ferries has today (Thursday 21 December) published timetables confirming arrangements for the regular planned maintenance of its passenger vessels, with one vessel at a time due to be out of service between 22 January and 20 February.
All of Netball Orkney’s age group teams are now stepping out onto the court in style thanks to sponsorship from NorthLink Ferries. The ferry operator provided 70 new strips for the players of Netball Orkney which will be worn for both home and away competitions. The new kit follows NorthLink Ferries’ continued sponsorship of the association, with the operator also providing travel support for all their teams.
NorthLink Ferries is once again set to appear in the BBC’s successful Shetland TV series later this year. Passenger ferry MV Hrossey will appear in the fourth series of the award-winning crime television programme, which stars Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez.
We had a brilliant time during Shetland Boat Week, visiting the Up Helly Aa Galley Shed, enjoying lectures, watching demonstrations of boat-building from Jack Duncan and Robbie Fraser and cookery from Marian Armitage. NorthLink offered behind the scenes tours of MV Hrossey and I loved sailing on the Swan sail training boat! Read on to find out more...
NorthLink Ferries teamed up with Original 106fm to offer an incredible competition with a fantastic prize; a cruise of the northern isles. Not only were we giving away a cruise but entry into historic sites in both Orkney and Shetland, personal tour guide visits and bed and breakfast accommodation on the islands too. Find out what happened on the day!
NorthLink Ferries were delighted to sponsor the main harbourside marquee at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival for the second consecutive year. Heavy roars of Vikings filled the air at the festival, as the Lerwick Viking Jarl Squad posed for photographs, signed autographs and even sang their Up Helly Aa song!
Crew members of Serco NorthLink Ferries’ MV Hjaltland vessel have successfully raised more than £3,000 for Crohn's & Colitis UK following a sponsored walk across Shetland. Kathryn Fullerton, who is the Shop Supervisor on board the passenger vessel, led 13 of her fellow crewmates as well as seven of her friends along the six mile route from Lerwick to Scalloway on Sunday 4th June 2017.
The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival which takes place in Portsoy, Banffshire, is one of the most well-regarded events in the North East of Scotland. The festival celebrates the maritime and cultural heritage of the North East and with NorthLink’s help, the Orkney and Shetland Islands too. We’ve compiled a list of tips to ensure that you make the most of your time at the festival.
Sun shining, glorious food, delicious drinks, arts, crafts, music and celebrity chefs, what more could anyone want? Taste of Grampian took place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 and is the annual one day festival of food and drink to celebrate Scotland’s unique produce.
With Taste of Grampian only coming around once a year it’s pivotal that you make the most of the day! Over 100 exhibitors travel from near and far to the Thainstone Centre, in Inverurie, to attend this event and showcase how truly unique Scotland is when it comes to food and drink. Taste of Grampian is Scotland’s largest one day food festival and we’ve compiled some tips to help you make the most of it!
The Orkney Nature Festival / Per Mare Cruise took place on Sunday 21st May 2017, and this year MV Hamnavoe set sail from Stromness and made her way up the west coast of Orkney. With 400 passengers on board, we were lucky to have had such a beautiful day with blue skies, calm seas, spectacular views and even some Risso's dolphins - see the pictures here!
NorthLink Ferries has teamed up with RSPB Scotland to give families a chance to tap into their wild side. From April until September, a set of ‘pop-up’ binoculars and wildlife calendar providing helpful nature-watching tips will be offered to families travelling on the ferry service, helping them spot unique wildlife as they make their way to and from the Northern Isles.
Tuesday 14th March saw NorthLink Ferries venture south to London for the Travel Marketing Awards. The event is the largest and most prestigious award ceremony in the travel and tourism marketing calendar. NorthLink Ferries were shortlisted for the ‘Radio Advertising’ of the year award.
On Thursday 9th February, NorthLink Ferries welcomed members of the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotel Association (ACSHA) along with others onto MV Hrossey for a trip to the Orkney Islands. Read on to find out the places they visited!
NorthLink Ferries’ is pleased to confirm the return of passenger vessel MV Hjaltland to service in time for Up Helly Aa following a scheduled dry dock period. The vessel will return to its timetabled service on Friday 27 January after receiving routine maintenance and various upgrades to the on board passenger areas.
NorthLink Ferries will be celebrating the day of Robert Burns' birth, the 25th January, with a delicious Burns Supper on board. You can also enjoy a complimentary nip of Glansa Whisky by Scapa to make your toast to the poet! We've compiled six fascinating facts you may not know about Robert Burns.
NorthLink Ferries will operate an amended service on its Aberdeen to Kirkwall and Lerwick route during January 2017 due to passenger vessel MV Hjaltland entering a scheduled dry dock period.
The Aberdeen Christmas Classic event is a two day showcase of the best livestock in the country held at the ANM Thainstone Mart. This year it was held on Monday the 28th and Tuesday 29th of November and was sponsored by NorthLink Ferries.
NorthLink Ferries carry approximately 300,000 passengers a year and, as you can imagine, this generates a lot of waste! Read on to find out how NorthLink Ferries are working with One Stop Waste Solutions to divert 92% of all their waste from landfill!
On Wednesday 28th September 2016, NorthLink Ferries and Clyde Marine were invited to Harlaw Academy, a school based in the city centre of Aberdeen, to promote job opportunities with pupils.
RSPB Scotland has received a fundraising boost thanks to local ferry operator NorthLink Ferries. The company hosted a wildlife cruise as the grand finale of this year’s Orkney Nature Festival in May on board its vessel, MV Hamnavoe. The cruise was attended by more than 400 people and raised almost £2,700 for the wildlife charity’s work in Orkney.
NorthLink Ferries is set to open bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year from Saturday (1 October).
On Friday 2 September, Shipping Minister John Hayes announced the first recipients of a Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. This new state award was being awarded for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others. We here at NorthLink Ferries are pleased to advise that included in the list of recipients for the 2016 award is Captain Stuart McCallum.
Merchant Navy Day has provided an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of the seafarers of the past, to show appreciation for British shipping and to look ahead to our future as a maritime nation. NorthLink Ferries' ship MV Hamnavoe was proud to display the Red Ensign Flag in honour of Merchant Navy Day on Saturday.
The team at NorthLink Ferries has honoured Capt. Dave Wheeler with retirement ceremonies on board MV Hjaltland in Aberdeen and Lerwick, Shetland in recognition for his commitment to the Northern Isles routes over many years.
On Friday 19th August 2016, crew members and shore staff, along with George Adam, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, joined in a farewell ceremony on board MV Hjaltland to show NorthLink’s appreciation for Captain Dave Wheeler, who is due to start his retirement on Wednesday 31st August 2016.
On Tuesday 23rd August, Stuart Garrett, Managing Director of NorthLink Ferries presented a cheque for the amount of £2,210 to Stewart Taylor, Stromness Lifeboat Operations Manager from NorthLink Ferries.
From Monday 8th to Sunday 14th August 2016, Shetland Amenity Trust hosted the first ever Shetland Boat Week. Shona Lawrance of NorthLink Ferries reports back from a successful festival that included boat trips, behind the scenes tours, lectures, demonstrations, sailing races and much more!
On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016, for the first time ever, NorthLink Ferries attended the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy and sponsored the main harbourside marquee there. However, visitors to the boat festival didn't just meet NorthLink staff! The Viking Jarl's Squad came all the way from Shetland and nearly broke an ancient law banning vikings from the North East! Read on to find out more...
NorthLink Ferries attended the Ultimate Business Show on Thursday 16th June 2016. The event was hosted by the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and took place in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. We had a great day; take a look at photos and read about our highlights of the day!
NorthLink Ferries were delighted to participate in the Taste of Grampian for the first time on Saturday 4th June 2016, as both a sponsor and an exhibitor. As well as showcasing the delicious local produce we serve on board our ferries, we met some celebrity chefs, gave out Northlink goodies and ran a popular competition. Click here to see photos from the day!
We always look forward to transporting vehicles to the Shetland Classic Motor Show, which takes place from Thursday 2nd to Tuesday 7th June 2016 at the Clickimin Centre, Lerwick. Click here to see some of the brilliant vehicles in Aberdeen before they travel with NorthLink to Shetland!
A NorthLink Ferries crewmember has successfully raised more than £2,500 for award-winning charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland by organising a sponsored walk from Lerwick to Scalloway with support from her colleagues and the generosity of local islanders.
The Orkney Nature Festival Cruise was held on Sunday 22nd May 2016, and featured a clockwise trip around the island of Hoy. A great trip was had by 421 passengers, who enjoyed a hearty buffet, free Corncrake Ale and Scapa whisky, traditional music and cliff scenery, birds, seals and porpoises that were out of this world!
NorthLink Ferries' ship MV Hrossey, docked in Aberdeen, was the host to the Original 106 fm quiz 'Don't Forget Your Suitcase' on Friday 20th May 2016. It was the culmination of a week of competitions with a chance to win all-expenses-paid trip to Shetland, courtesy of NorthLink Ferries. Read on to find out what happened!
Northern Isles nature lovers are set to experience a trip of a lifetime this Sunday (22 May) in celebration of Orkney Nature Festival. NorthLink Ferries is offering islanders and mainland visitors the chance to board MV Hamnavoe from Stromness for a wildlife cruise around the coastline of the scenic island of Hoy.
NorthLink Ferries and local radio station Original 106 FM will launch their ‘Don’t Forget Your Suitcase’ competition on Friday (20 May). This will see four finalists make their way to the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal where one family will win a trip to Shetland that night.
The Shetland Folk Festival attracts musicians and visitors from all around the world and this year takes place from Thursday 28th April until Monday 2nd May 2016. The ferry trip from Aberdeen to Lerwick the day before is a lively one as the artists meet and start to play together. See some pictures of the journey here!
The programme for the county’s fourth annual Nature Festival has been released today (Thursday 14 April), featuring events ranging from snorkelling and a poetry workshop to a wildlife cruise on NorthLink’s Hamnavoe.
NorthLink Ferries is helping take one of Shetland’s best traditions across the pond in celebration of Scotland Week. The ferry operator provided travel for 24 members of the Viking Jarl Squad as they travelled to Aberdeen before flying out to New York to take part in the Tartan Day Parade which takes place on Saturday 9 April.
The Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild’s annual coffee morning attracted 400 people on Saturday (19 RNLI coffee morningMarch) and raised £3000 for the RNLI.
NorthLink Ferries, managed and operated by Serco on behalf of Transport Scotland, has scooped a national 'Best Ferry' award at this year’s Guardian and Observer Travel Awards.
NorthLink Ferries crewmembers have launched a fundraising campaign for award-winning charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, with the aim of supporting stroke nurses in the north east of Scotland.
NorthLink Ferries is proud to be supporting Shetland’s world-renowned fire festival, Up Helly Aa, once again this year. The ferry operator is continuing its sponsorship of the Junior Jarl Squad who are set to march on board MV Hjaltland before enjoying a lunch with family and friends.
With the third series of the popular BBC series Shetland due to air on Friday 15th January, NorthLink Ferries has selected its top five Shetland locations and attractions featured in the programme for visitors inspired to travel to the most northern part of the British isles.
NorthLink Ferries is offering passengers a truly Scottish drinks deal this month. Until 18th January, all passengers who purchase either the popular Rock Rose Gin or Shetland Reel Gin from the on board bars will receive a free 200ml bottle of Walter Gregor’s Tonic Water.
NorthLink Ferries is set to bring a series of events on board its services in 2016 following a successful Year of Food and Drink in 2015. The events will continue the Scottish Government’s celebration of food and drink from 2015 by showcasing local Orkney and Shetland producers throughout next year at a series of on board tastings.
Orkney Youth Development Group teams have stepped out in new football strips thanks to a three-year sponsorship deal from NorthLink Ferries. The new red Adidas kit will see the Group’s four junior teams, including under 11s, under 12s under 13s and under 15s, with distinctive strips for competitions both on and off the Islands until May 2018.
NorthLink Ferries’ support of a new conservation initiative has proved successful, with five harbour porpoises, a striped dolphin and a pilot whale spotted in the first four months of the project by the ferry firm’s crewmembers.
NorthLink Ferries has been named as the joint winner of a national award in recognition of the company’s commitment to Fair Trade. The award was presented at the Scottish Fair Trade Awards to the Northern Isles ferry service for its partnership with Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group and Orkney Fair Trade Group.
NorthLink Ferries has honoured one of the company’s longest serving crew members at a retirement ceremony on board MV Hamnavoe. The ceremony, which was attended by more than 60 past and present members of staff, thanked Captain William Mackay (62) from Stromness for his 23 years of service on the Northern Isles passenger vessels.
Netball Orkney’s primary schools league kicked off a three-year sponsorship deal from NorthLink Ferries last weekend. Now known as the NorthLink Ferries Primary Netball League the competition launched on Saturday 7 November.
NorthLink Ferries is now accepting bookings for travel to and from Orkney and Shetland for next year. The ferry operator will continue with its current timetable and fares as well as cater for popular events by providing a temporary revised schedule when required.
Shetland Food Fair, Shetland’s annual event dedicated to all that’s great about locally-produced food and drink, is announcing its first sponsorship partnership with NorthLink Ferries.
More than 12 NorthLink Ferries crew members have undertaken training to help them spot whales, dolphins and porpoise whilst sailing between the mainland and northern isles.
Shetland Nature Festival is coming soon (from Saturday 4th to Friday 10th July 2015) for the seventh year running and promises to be an exciting and varied programme of events for all the family! We caught up a representative of Shetland Amenity Trust, the organisation which co-ordinates the festival this week. She let us know some highlights of this year's celebration of Shetland's amazing natural landscape!
Over 100,000 archaeological artefacts have been returned to Shetland for inclusion in the Recognised Archaeology Collection of Shetland Museum and Archives, thanks to the assistance of Serco NorthLink Ferries.
NorthLink Ferries were delighted to support the Junior InterCounty sporting competition between youngsters from Orkney and Shetland. We helped transport Orcadian competitors to the annual Junior InterCounty competition in Shetland, by putting on extra stops at Hatston on Friday 16th June 2015 and Sunday 21st June 2015. The weekend was a great success and Cheryl from NorthLink Ferries was there to take some super shots of the weekend!
This weekend, the annual Simmer Dim Motorcycle Rally took place in Shetland. The motorcyclists arrived in Aberdeen and sailed Northwards to Shetland on Wednesday night. After a grand weekend of socialising, sightseeing and hi-jinks, they returned on Sunday night. Here are some pictures of our vehicle decks and the motorcyclists as they boarded the ferry!
The annual RNLI Lifeboat Open Day was held on Saturday, 13th June 2015 in Shetland. As well as the many attractions on Lerwick's Victoria Pier, there was a NorthLink cruise to enjoy! MV Hrossey sailed round Bressay and there was an impressive air and sea rescue demonstation! The cruise was well-attended, and it was a great fund raiser. We hope you'll enjoy pictures of the day here!
Since October 2014, NorthLink Ferries have been offering a prize draw for Islanders who book online. Simply make a booking at www.northlinkferries.co.uk using your Islander ID and you'll be automatically entered into the draw (drawn monthly) to win £100 worth of NorthLink Ferries Gift Vouchers! Here are some of our lucky winners so far!
NorthLink Ferries has received a special award from VisitScotland in recognition of its locally-sourced food and drink. Each ship in the NorthLink fleet has recently been visited by VisitScotland to gauge the extent of the use of local food and drink on its menus. The company was then successfully awarded the Taste Our Best award.
Since September 2014 three schools: Mid Yell Junior High School, Collège Le Dimitile in La Réunion, and IES El Yelmo in Andalusia have been involved in the Erasmus + Project “Treasure”. The aim is to work together to share their Eco School work and also to gain a better understanding of each other's culture.
Orkney Islands Council are pleased to confirm the successful completion of work to improve the access road to the Hatston Pier which has involved the temporary diversion of traffic through the Hatston Enterprise Area for those people using facilities on the Hatston Pier access road and the Pier itself.
Saturday, 30th and Sunday 31st May was the 125th anniversary weekend for the Stromness Golf Club! NorthLink Ferries were proud to sponsor the NorthLink Open on Saturday, on a course that is close to many staff members hearts! Check out some of the pictures of the day here!
NorthLink Ferries are delighted to welcome the RSPB on board MV Hamnavoe on Saturdays during the summer season! As the ferry travels between Scrabster and Stromness, you can talk to one of the friendly representatives and they’ll be happy to point out birds which can be seen from the ferry.
NorthLink Ferries has scheduled additional Kirkwall calls to accommodate this year’s Junior Inter-county competition set to take place in Shetland on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.
Orkney’s third Nature Festival attracted more than 600 wildlife-lovers from near and far. Coordinated by RSPB Scotland, the spectacular variety of events on offer was a collaborative effort from individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses around Orkney, all keen to share the county’s inspirational natural heritage with locals and visitors alike.
Stuart Garrett and James Linklater of NorthLink Ferries were pleased to meet Antonella Papa, a restoration specialist from Italy, in Orkney's Italian Chapel. Antonella specialises in restoration work in cathedrals and churches and she has been carefully restoring paintwork originally created by Italian prisoners of war during World War Two.
We're very excited that the Orkney Nature Festival is back for its third year and will be running from Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th May. We were very pleased when Alison Nimmo, Community Engagement Officer for RSPB Orkney and organiser of the Orkney Nature Festival took some time out of her very busy schedule to answer some questions about this year's event!
The Shetland Folk Festival officially runs from Thursday 30th April 2015 to Saturday 3rd May 2014. However it starts unofficially on the ferry journey the day before! NorthLink Ferries were delighted to meet the visiting artists in Aberdeen and hope they have a great time in the beautiful Shetland Islands! See the pictures here!
The Northern Isles’ heritage was showcased by over 38 special guests dressed in full Viking attire during the opening of Scotland’s premier travel trade event, VisitScotland expo today (Wednesday 22 April). Shetland’s famous Jarl Squad, which leads the annual Viking fire festival Up Helly Aa in January, travelled with NorthLink Ferries to the event in Aberdeen.
Children who travel with NorthLink Ferries during Spring / Summer 2015 have been asked to draw a new Vikling recruit - and they've done a fantastic job so far! Take a look to see for yourself, and check this page throughout the summer as we add more brilliant drawings!
The NorthLink Ferries Travel Trade team have returned from exhibiting at this year’s Best of Britain and Ireland show for the tourism and venue industry.
NorthLink’s MV Hrossey was the venue for the RNLI Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild’s annual coffee morning on Saturday (21 March). More than 360 people boarded the vessel for their morning coffee, raising £2,520 for the charity.
A group of P5 pupils at Stromness Primary School recently constructed a Lego model of our ferry the MV Hamnavoe especially for a forthcoming Lego exhibition in Kirkwall. We provided our logo in sticker form as a finishing touch and the children also had help from LEGO. When the exhibition is finished this wonderful model will be on display on board the Hamnavoe. Take a look at the construction of model here!
At NorthLink Ferries we're really proud of our ships and our friendly staff. The ships are built with the highest standards of comfort and safety in mind, there are some great sights to see as you travel, and our staff are pleased to go the extra mile to ensure you have a comfortable journey. If you're visiting Orkney or Shetland here are ten reasons to travel with NorthLink Ferries!
NorthLink Ferries had Valentine's Day celebrations on board MV Hrossey, MV Hjaltland and MV Hamnavoe on Saturday, 14th February. These included a free glass of Rose wine (or orange juice) for every passenger, a free heart-shaped chocolate made by Cocoa Ooze for all the ladies, and a prize draw to win a meal for two in Magnus’ lounge!
NorthLink Ferries’ iconic Viking, Magnus, was brought to life today (Tuesday, 27 January) during celebrations at Shetland’s world-renowned fire festival Up Helly Aa. Acting as King Magnus the Good, 13-year-old Lewis Harkness led 15 members of the Junior Jarl Squad on board the MV Hjaltland followed by over 100 members of family and friends to enjoy a lunch hosted by NorthLink Ferries.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has announced two new special offers to launch early in 2015. The ‘Kids Go Free’ promotion starts on January 2 and the ‘Landbridge’ offer launches on January 3 2015.
During the summer of 2014, NorthLink Ferries ran a photographic competition in ‘Northern Lights’, our on-board magazine. The remit was to take a photo of a ferry in a scenic location or a photo from the ferry. We were delighted with the response – take a look at a selection of the great photos we received here!
Serco NorthLink Ferries is accepting bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year. Stuart Garrett, Managing Director, said: “As ever, the year ahead is set to include a number of exciting events for both Orkney and Shetland, from live traditional music festivals to midsummer celebrations.
NorthLink Ferries honoured one of the company’s longest serving crew members at a retirement ceremony in Aberdeen. The ceremony, which was attended by 50 members of staff as well as the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, was held to thank Captain Nigel Barnes for his 26 years of service.
Children who travel with NorthLink Ferries this summer have been doing a fantastic job of drawing the Vikling’s new pet! Each entry receives a chocolate prize, and we’ve been delighted at the amazing Vikling pets that we have received. Here are some of their brilliant drawings!
Original 106 FM (106.3 and 106.8FM) The breakfast show was presented LIVE from the MV Hjaltland on September 22nd 2014.
Serco NorthLink Ferries is set to welcome a best-selling crime author on board next week. Passengers will have the chance to meet Ann Cleeves, the writer best known for her murder mystery tales based in Shetland.
Serco NorthLink Ferries is looking to build on its sponsorship programme offering having recently awarded £80,000 worth of ferry travel to local residents, clubs and event organisers.
In Magnus' Lounge on every ship, on the last Thursday of every month there is a free whisky tasting session. the whisky in question is the limited edition Saint Magnus whisky by Highland Park!
Free tickets to veterans and their carers attending the World War One Commemoration Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle
Serco NorthLink Ferries are providing free tickets to veterans and their carers travelling from Orkney and Shetland to attend the World War One Commemoration Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has scheduled a later sailing to accommodate those visiting this weekend’s Orkney County Show (Saturday, 9 August). The 1645 hours M.V Hamnavoe sailing from Scrabster to Stromness will depart one hour later than timetabled.
A Serco NorthLink Ferries spokesperson said: “The scheduled departure of the M.V Helliar today has been cancelled due to technical difficulties with one of the vessel’s rudders. As a result, it will be placed in drydock so that the problem can be investigated immediately and any necessary repairs carried out.
NorthLink Ferries were delighted to sponsor the 2014 Orkney Motocross Club beach race on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July. This is a spectacular three hour endurance race on a three-mile-long track over sand dunes and fields. See some pictures from the day here!
NorthLink Ferries were honoured to transport the Queen’s Baton to Orkney. We asked the various Orkney clubs that we sponsor to help us take the baton north! This page has photos of the day when both Orcadians and visitors got the chance to hold the Queen’s baton on board MV Hamnavoe!
Serco NorthLink Ferries is pleased to launch its brand new online booking system, with added features and increased user-friendliness. Customers are now able to book a number of services which were previously unavailable online, including meals, cots and kennels.
The Wild Dolphin trail is an arts trail of 50 dolphin sculptures around the city of Aberdeen. NorthLink Ferries sponsored a dolphin, named Aegir, who was created in Orkney by artists Gina Ramsay and Sheila Fleet - visit this page to see photos of Aegir's journey!
Annette Robson, who sadly passed away last month, has been honoured at this year’s Scottish Transport Awards. A Service Manager for Serco NorthLink Ferries, Annette was a ‘go-to’ member of staff when it came to the Pentland Firth route. As a result, she was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Transport in Scotland.
The Simmer Dim Rally is the most northern motorcycle rally's in the UK and attracts around 300 bikers who camp in Shetland and enjoy a traditional cruise of the islands. The atmosphere is superb and celebrations usually begin on board our ferry.
The Shetland Classic Motor Show took place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June, and NorthLink Ferries were delighted to be the main sponsor of the event! Click here to see some photos of the tremendous variety of vehicles that visited the islands.
The finale to the Orkney Nature Festival was a wildlife watching boat tour on the MV Hamnavoe on the 18th May 2014. There were spectacular views up the west coast of Orkney and wonderful wildlife to watch out for!
On the 6th of May 2014 We welcomed on board the MV Hamnavoe P6 Stromness Primary school pupils, teachers, family, friends and others involved with the project for a viewing of a fantastic animated film created by the pupils.
Thirteen Orkney food, drink and crafts businesses will take part in a special meet the buyer event this week in a bid to have their products sold on Serco NorthLink Ferries’ services to the northern isles.
Today (Wednesday, 19 March) saw Serco NorthLink Ferries host the Stewart Building Transport Group’s quarterly meeting on board their rebranded MV Hjaltland.
Serco NorthLink Ferries is to welcome the MV Hjaltland back to service this week, complete with new livery. Stuart Garrett commented: “Following the extremely positive reception that the Hamnavoe came home to last month, we are looking forward to unveiling the remainder of the fleet.
On 18th February 2014, NorthLink Ferries welcomed Stromness Primary P2's and their teachers to the ferry terminal and onboard MV Hamnavoe. They had a super time on board and visited the bridge, even sitting in the Captain's seat! See the pictures here...
We were delighted to welcome MV Hamnavoe back to service on Friday, 24 January 2014, complete with new livery featuring Magnus the Viking. We've created a page of photos so that you can see her new look for yourself!
Serco NorthLink Ferries is set to welcome the MV Hamnavoe back to service on Friday, 24 January 2014, complete with new livery.
During the MV Hamnavoe 2014 scheduled maintenance period between 6th-23rd January, courtesy transport will be provided via the Stagecoach X1 service between Stromness and St. Margaret’s Hope. Departure times to coincide with Pentland Ferries Departures and arrival are as detailed below. Any passengers wishing to use this service will be able to do so free of charge.
Stuart Garrett, managing director of NorthLink Ferries said: "Due to the severe weather conditions which are forecast over the coming days we have taken the decision to amend our timetable on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has opened bookings for 2014 with the publication of timetables and fares for the year. The timetables confirm arrangements for the regular planned maintenance of the passenger vessels with one vessel at a time out of service from 6 January to 15 March 2014.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has cancelled its sailings on Thursday 5 December 2013 from Aberdeen and will sail on an altered schedule on Friday 6 December 2013 to maximise passenger travel opportunity North to Orkney and South from Lerwick.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has been announced as the proud sponsor of this year’s Sanday seal camera. Roderick Thorne, Sanday’s ranger, masterminded the ‘sealcam’ last year, attracting seal lovers from 18 different countries during the month of November - the traditional time for grey seals to come up to the shore to give birth.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has teamed up with bus operator, Stagecoach to provide a new service for ferry passengers. As of this week (Monday, 14 October 2013), those on the Lerwick-Kirkwall-Aberdeen ferry will be greeted by the 727 JET Bus at the NorthLink Aberdeen Terminal, which will travel onto Aberdeen International Airport.
In order to accommodate passengers sailing between Stromness and Scrabster this weekend NorthLink Ferries has created an additional sailing this Friday 27September.
Serco NorthLink Ferries would like to remind local residents, clubs and event organisers to apply for sponsorship through the NorthLink Ferries Sponsorship Programme.
County Show spectators might not have bargained for seeing a Viking invasion from Shetland. Stevie Grant’s Lerwick Jarl Squad had been invited to parade with the Kirkwall City Pipe Band following the pipe band’s trip to Shetland in January to play with the Jarl Squad during Up Helly Aa.
Everyone at NorthLink Ferries was deeply saddened to hear the shock news that Lise Sinclair died from a brain tumor, in early August 2013. Lise was still young and leaves behind a husband and family. Her talent was outstanding and we were proud to have collaborated with her for the launch of our marketing campaign earlier this year.
Though the Orkney and Shetland Islands are well known as being amongst the best places in Europe for watching wildlife, what is less well known is that you can start your wildlife adventure before you even leave sight of Aberdeen.
NorthLink Ferries, which connects mainland Scotland with the Orkney and the Shetland Islands, has responded to additional freight traffic volumes by moving from a single freight service to the use of both the MV Hildasay and the MV Helliar two weeks earlier than planned.
It has been confirmed that the MV Hamnavoe will resume her timetabled service at 0630 on Thursday 23rd May.
Stuart Garrett, managing director of Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: “Our technical team worked overnight to fit the Starboard Main Engine vibration damper on the MV Hamnavoe. We will shortly be carrying out sea trials from Scrabster, with the intention of resuming full service tomorrow as originally planned."
Stuart Garrett, Managing Director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: “The MV Hamnavoe returned to Stromness late this morning following completion of the repairs to the starboard engine in Rosyth.
Unfortunately, final mechanical checks prior to MV Hamnavoe resuming her timetabled service on Tuesday 21st May have indicated that further remedial work is required. This work will take 48 hrs to complete, therefore the vessel will now pick up her timetabled schedule on Thursday 23rd May.
Serco NorthLink Ferries' managing director Stuart Garrett confirmed today that, allowing for successful sea trials off Rosyth on Sunday, the MV Hamnavoe will return to Orkney on Monday and resume her timetabled service on Tuesday 21 May, three days earlier than expected.
With farmers to fishermen, bakers to brewers, Shetland has an extraordinary selection of first class producers. Serco NorthLink Ferries is interested in providing a wider selection of local products for sale on their ships and, with that in mind, Shetland Islands Council's Economic Development Service is helping to organise a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Lerwick on 23rd May.
Following alterations carried out over the last couple of days to the Queen Elizabeth berth at Scrabster Harbour, and the subsequent successful testing of the facility, Serco NorthLink Ferries can confirm that freight services will operate from today.
Following the withdrawal of MV Hamnavoe from passenger and freight operations between Scrabster and Stromness, Serco NorthLink Ferries has moved to introduce its freight vessel MV Helliar to provide continued regular freight travel between Orkney and Caithness.
The MV Hamnavoe will depart Stromness this afternoon and sail south to move to Rosyth. The vessel will move under its own power, using its remaining engine. We expect a replacement crankshaft will be dispatched to Rosyth from Germany tomorrow (2 May) in order for the engine repair to be effected.
Following yesterday’s announcement that the Hamnavoe has suffered major engine damage, NorthLink Ferries has been working with passengers and other operators to arrange alternative options for travel.
Stuart Garrett, managing director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: "Initial internal and independent assessments of the Hamnavoe ferry, which is currently docked at Stromness, is that the crankshaft on the Starboard engine is irreparable. It will be up to four weeks before the Hamnavoe is back in service on the Pentland Firth crossing."
A spokesperson for Serco NorthLink Ferries said: “We can confirm that the Hamnavoe has experienced a crank shaft failure to its main starboard engine. The vessel will undergo a full inspection this weekend, after which we will know the full extent of the damage.
Just two months after launching its new logo and Far Isn’t Far marketing campaign, Serco NorthLink Ferries has been recognised by the tourism industry, winning the accolade for Best Purpose Built Stand at last week’s Visit Scotland Expo at the SECC in Glasgow.
NorthLink Ferries which connects mainland Scotland with the Orkney and the Shetland Islands has responded to customer demand by creating extra vehicle space on its passenger ferries over Easter weekend.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has a sponsorship scheme available, on application, to schools, sports and community groups – including those involved in the Commonwealth Games - with an annual value of £100,000.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has today unveiled its new on board offering as well as a refreshed branding and marketing campaign for its services linking mainland Scotland with the Northern Isles.
At the beginning of 2013 we revealed a new look for NorthLink Ferries. The new face of NorthLink Ferries is Magnus. Our Viking friend represents strength, dynamism, power and pride - a seafarer of old who people can trust to navigate the north sea crossing and take our passengers to explore the northern isles.
Passengers on the Northern Isles Ferry services can look forward to the introduction of a new menu featuring an extensive range of local produce from Monday 21 January 2013.
Visitors to Orkney and Shetland will no longer need photo identification to board Serco NorthLink Ferries, Managing Director Stuart Garrett announced yesterday (Thursday 22 November 2012).