NorthLink Ferries to Orkney and Shetland

Freight service to operate between Scrabster and Stromness

MV Helliar to begin freight operations in Pentland Firth

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.

Work is currently underway, in partnership with the Scrabster Harbour Trust, to make alterations to the Queen Elizabeth berth that will allow the freight vessel to dock.  The work is expected to be complete tomorrow morning (2 May) to allow a trial berth of the MV Helliar later that day.

Serco NorthLink Ferries has consulted with local hauliers and produced a freight timetable to meet their requirements.   This will see two return freight journeys per day between Scrabster and Stromness from Friday 3 May.

The MV Hildasay will continue to cover freight between Aberdeen and Lerwick.

Stuart Garrett, managing director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said:  “Now that work is underway to make alterations to the berth at Scrabster Harbour we can confirm a freight service will operate between Scrabster and Stromness while the MV Hamnavoe is withdrawn from service.

“This service ensures that businesses can continue to move goods between Orkney and the north of mainland Scotland.  Serco NorthLink Ferries has consulted with local hauliers over the last few days and they are satisfied that the service will meet their requirements.

“Serco NorthLink Ferries again apologises for the inconvenience that has been caused, however we are now satisfied that both freight and passengers can be fully accommodated on the alternative services that have been put in place by us and with the help of other operators.  We will continue to work with customers to help them access these alternative routes.”

MV Helliar timetable:

Depart Arrive
Stromness 0600 0830
Scrabster 0900 1130
Stromness 1600 1830
Scrabster 1900 2130

Ends

Share this page
Print this Page
View more articles about Northlink

More like this:

Invitation to Tender (ITT) announcement

Invitation to Tender (ITT) announcement

Responding to the release of the ITT for Scotland’s Northern Isles Ferry Services, Serco’s Managing Director of NorthLink Ferries Stuart Garrett, commented: “Serco welcomes the release of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) and we are looking forward to submitting a compelling bid for the service, building on the improvements which we’ve already introduced over the past six years."

NorthLink Ferries puts the “fun” into £7,000 fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation

NorthLink Ferries puts the “fun” into £7,000 fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation

From sponsored walks, to abseiling down buildings, the NorthLink Ferries team has done it all in an effort to raise as much money as possible for the organisation. With £7,072.35 now handed over to the charity, The ARCHIE Foundation will be able to continue to provide specialist equipment and staff, create a welcoming hospital environment for families and provide accommodation for parents that need it.

Improving ferry access

Improving ferry access

Further accessibility improvements will be made on Scotland’s ferries following the fourth round of awards from the Ferries Accessibility Fund. Almost £80,000 is being awarded to Serco NorthLink Ferries and the National Autistic Society for plans that include the provision of Changing Places facilities on board vessels, as well as specialist equipment and staff training to help autistic passengers.