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Multiple sailings disrupted

MV Hrossey leaving Lerwick in stormy weather last year.

THE WEATHER is continuing to play havoc with NorthLink’s last few passenger ferry sailings before Christmas.

Tonight’s northbound sailing of MV Hjaltland is not expected to depart Aberdeen until 6am on Wednesday – 13 hours behind schedule. It is now due to call in at Kirkwall at noon tomorrow before arriving in Lerwick at around 7pm.

MV Hrossey’s southbound sailing, which would normally depart at 7pm, will instead sail from Lerwick at 3pm and her arrival in Aberdeen “may be subject to minor weather related delays”.

Wind speed are set to fluctuate between 40mph and 60mph in the three days ahead of Christmas.

That means ferry disruption is set to continue into Wednesday, with the Hjaltland’s southbound sailing from Lerwick due to leave at 10pm instead of 5.30pm. She is expected in Kirkwall at 4am on Christmas Eve and will then arrive in Aberdeen at around 1pm.

Freight sailings are affected too, with MV Hildasay’s schedule northbound sailing from Aberdeen on Wednesday currently under review. 

MV Heliar, meanwhile, is cutting out a scheduled stop in Lerwick and will instead sail from Aberdeen to Kirkwall only tomorrow.

For a detailed weather forecast please go to www.shetnews.co.uk/weather