NorthLink Ferries: Protecting the Environment

We are committed to protecting the environment of our ports, the seas, and the beautiful islands of Shetland and Orkney. To this end, we have taken action to help cut our environmental footprint across waste management, procurement and resourcing, energy efficiency, and passenger self-help initiatives:

Serco NorthLink Ferries are committed to protecting the environment of our ports, the seas, and the beautiful islands of Shetland and Orkney.

Waste Management:

  • Single use plastics will not be offered on ships.
  • Ships are cleaned after use and any waste is recycled or recovered, with zero per cent going to landfill. Since Febraury 2021 245,000 plastic bottles have been recycled.
  • All animal waste from the lairage is saved and delivered to farms for use as fertiliser.
  • All rainwater from the lairage is harvested and used to wash the building.

Procurement, Resourcing and Partnership working:

  • Over 90% of hotel operation services (spanning food, produce, and laundry) are sourced from within a 50-mile radius of the operating port.
  • More than 70% of NorthLink personnel are based within the company’s areas of operation.
  • 83% of projects undertaken by staff are focused on environmentally friendly behaviour.
  • NorthLink Ferries donate to, and support Environmental charities, including the RSPB and the Sea Watch Foundation.
  • NorthLink Ferries are currently working towards getting a Green Tourism Award.
Green Tourism Award Pending

Energy Efficiency:

  • The MV Hamnavoe uses clean electrical power as it gets ‘plugged in’ overnight to The Hamnavoe Shore Power Project, the first large commercial ship shore connection in the UK.
  • Eco lighting has been introduced to all offices and the flood lighting.
  • Captains are sailing more efficiently to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
  • In line with demand, the MV Hamnavoe timetable is reduced in winter months to cut fuel consumption and emissions.

Passenger Self-Help Initiatives:

  • Recycling bins are provided in all ships and terminals.
  • Water dispensers are available on board all ships.
  • Vehicle drivers are encouraged to turn their engines off whilst waiting to board.
  • Bicycles travel for free and bike racks are available in most ports.
  • Electric car chargers are available in most ports.
Header image: MV Hamnavoe at sea, sailing to Orkney photo © Copyright Nick McCaffrey