The announcement came in a brief statement from the Department for Transport (DfT) following fears raised about the tug’s future by northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael this week.
POLICE are urging householders in the town to lock their doors after a sneak-in thief stole “a two figure sum of cash” from a house in the town.
There is no way to do justice to something as unusual and enjoyable as Hirda in so short a space; the amount that could be written dwarfs the amount allowed, so consider this very much a glowing review-in-brief.
On Thursday northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael warned the 37 per cent budget cut facing the Department of Transport by 2020 could threaten the future of the £10 million tug contract, which runs out next March.
A YOUNG mother of three from Merseyside who said she was “coerced” by her boyfriend into smuggling almost 200 ecstasy tablets into Shetland on the ferry has been sent to prison for 18 months.
Last week 24 year old Catherine Mary Trevor, whose address was given as Grampian Prison but originally comes from Birkenhead, pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of the class A drug.
Police, acting on a tip off, arrested Trevor as she disembarked the NorthLink ferry at Lerwick’s Holmsgarth terminal on 9 September.
OPERA isn't something that Shetland gets a lot of. Opera premieres even less so. So, when NOISE (New Opera In Scotland Events) decided to produce a brand-new opera, set in Shetland and sung in Shetland dialect, with the world premiere in Mareel, it's definitely something to sit up and take notice of, writes Alex Garrick-Wright.
The council's harbour board heard on Wednesday that due to the slump in the oil and gas sector as well as the extended shutdown of the Clair field platform the Sella Ness port was to make losses of £3 million on its Sullom Voe account in the current financial year.
Forty four year old Oliver Tait, of Lingaro, previously admitted turning up at the Lerwick home uninvited before loitering outside on 15 October.
The full-colour A4 book is a comprehensive guide of the industry past and present and gives a confident outlook despite radical changes to fish landing regimes coming in next year.
It discusses in some detail the whitefish, pelagic and shellfish sectors before listing all 180 commercial fishing boats operating in Shetland waters ranging from the larges pelagic trawler to the smallest inshore boat.
A LOCAL businessman is drumming up support to open a new Italian restaurant half way between Voe and Brae after receiving a less than enthusiastic response from Shetland Islands Council's planning department.
Henry Francesco MacColl, whose mother hails from near Naples, hopes to build a 24-seat restaurant opposite his home at Parkgate overlooking Olna Firth.
FRIDAY'S northbound sailings of NorthLink's two freight boats are under review due to strong winds and high seas off Scotland.
SHETLAND police say there were no injuries after a 4X4 vehicle left the road at the Veensgarth junction of the main A970 at Tingwall around 8pm on Thursday.
A LERWICK woman who fraudulently obtained almost £20,000 in benefits must wait until January to hear her fate.
LERWICK man Ian Hannah has been told to work unpaid for 200 hours after he admitted supplying cocaine to friends at the town’s sheriff court on Wednesday.
A LERWICK man who turned up at a house with a kitchen knife and a metal pole has been placed under curfew for nearly a year.
NINETEEN year old Lerwick man Kyle Swannie has been placed under a night time curfew after admitting being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
A LERWICK man who violently assaulted his former partner has been placed under supervision and ordered to carry out unpaid work.