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Tank repair delays Hjaltland

The Hjaltland heading north (not taken today): Photo Ronnie Robertson

TUESDAY’s NorthLink sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick was delayed for 13 hours after staff found a crack on one of the Hjaltland’s internal tanks.

The northbound sailing of the passenger vessel on Tuesday only departed Aberdeen at 5.30am on Wednesday.

The vessel is expected to reach Lerwick at 7pm on Wednesday after stopping at Kirkwall earlier in the day.

NorthLink has confirmed that the late departure was due to a crack in an internal tank, in addition to poor weather.

In a statement the company said: “NorthLink Ferries can confirm that a routine maintenance inspection carried out on the MV Hjaltland found a small crack in an internal tank.

“While the crack is a minor maintenance issue the repair will have to be carried out prior to sailing.

“As always, our prime concern is the safety and welfare of our passengers and workforce.”

As a result of the late arrival, the Hjaltland’s departure from Lerwick to Aberdeen via Kirkwall on Wednesday at 5.30pm has been delayed until 10pm.