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!
Serco NorthLink Ferries is continuing to provide key worker travel as well as essential islander and freight connectivity between the Northern Isles and mainland Scotland. Between 22 March, when a revised service was introduced, and the end of April, passenger volumes have significantly reduced as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect the effectiveness of the application of the Scottish Government’s lockdown criteria.
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Serco, the international service company, has signed the contract with the Scottish Government to continue managing and operating the lifeline Northern Isles Ferry Services for passengers and freight between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, providing essential access and supplies for the islanders.
Serco NorthLink Ferries continues to request that travellers stay at home and help to save lives as the company was forced to refuse travel to 23 passengers since 22 March 2020.
Find out all about Serco NorthLink Ferries, who operate three passenger vessels on the Orkney and Shetland routes and have offices in Aberdeen, Hatston, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Scrabster and Stromness.
Serco NorthLink Ferries requests, as part of the national effort to deal with the current public health crisis, that travellers stay home and save lives.
A new temporary timetable has been introduced by Serco NorthLink Ferries, designed to continue to provide a lifeline service between mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles whilst reflecting travel demand during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has made clear the need to avoid all but essential travel by ferry to Scotland’s remote and island communities. Until further notice, ferries will be for those who live on our islands, who have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland and for essential supplies or business.
A group of 65 pupils from across Orkney joined Serco NorthLink Ferries to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight on Wednesday (04 March) by attending an event onboard passenger vessel MV Hamnavoe. The group of pupils from Burray Primary, Papdale Primary, Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar boarded the vessel whilst it was docked in Stromness and enjoyed the event titled ‘Sailing to Sustainability’
Serco NorthLink Ferries has partnered with UK charity Fishermen’s Mission to create a new series of on board safety announcements in celebration of Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. Northern Isles members of the charity, which provides emergency support alongside practical, financial and emotional care for all fishermen including those who are retired, are the narrators of the refreshed announcements which call for passengers’ attention to aid a safe and pleasant journey.
People from around the world were able to watch Shetland’s world-renowned fire festival, Up Helly Aa, yesterday (Tuesday 28 January 2020) thanks to the event webcam sponsored by Serco NorthLink Ferries. Working in partnership with Promote Shetland for eight consecutive years, the local ferry operator each year offers those from near and far the chance to see the events unfold via the NorthLink Ferries’ Facebook page and website.