Stromness Captain Honoured at Retirement Ceremony

Friday 20th November 2015

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.

Speaking of his well-deserved retirement, Capt. Mackay said: “Having served on all three of NorthLink Ferries’ passenger vessels and on the previous freight and livestock vessel ‘Hascosay’ I am sad to be leaving so many people afloat and ashore whom I have enjoyed working with.

“I plan to spend my free time with my family and close friends and also look forward to having more time to spend on hobbies such as photography and fishing.

“Working on the ‘North boats’ has been a privilege and I hope to keep in touch with many current crew and staff members.”

Stuart Garrett, managing director of Serco NorthLink Ferries, added: “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Capt Mackay and from everyone at NorthLink Ferries I would like to thank him for his commitment to the business and the Northern Isles routes over many years. We would all like to wish him a happy retirement.”

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