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.
This means that between them the ferries will operate seven days a week with two crossings each day except Sunday and Tuesday where just one vessel operates a single crossing.
This uplift will free up deck space on the passenger vessels for the busy summer season and will allow new services such as bulk bag shipping.
Managing director of NorthLink Ferries, Stuart Garrett said: “We always take care to monitor the demands on our freight service and where there is the call for it we can increase our offering in order to accommodate this.
“Having consulted stakeholders it was clear to see that there was the need for extra capacity so we have brought forward our peak timetable by a fortnight in order satisfy demand.”
To find out more about NorthLink Ferries freight services please visit: http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/other/freight/freight-timetables/