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The Hjaltland goes into dry dock on Monday, while the Hrossey's sailings are expected to be subject to weather disruption this week.

THE FORECAST of storm force winds and wintry weather has again caused NorthLink and Loganair to issue a warning to passengers that ferry and plane services are likely to be disrupted this week.

The MV Hrossey’s southbound sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen on Monday should depart as scheduled at 7pm, but its arrival on Tuesday morning “may be delayed by up to two hours”.

The same vessel’s northbound sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick on Tuesday is expected to run on schedule, but Wednesday’s return south is “likely to be subject to significant delays”.

NorthLink’s current estimate is that the Hrossey will depart Lerwick at 10pm on Wednesday, arriving in Kirkwall at 6am and Aberdeen at 1pm on Thursday.

MV Hjaltland is entering dry dock at Rosyth on Monday and will be out of service, as scheduled, until the week beginning 23 January.

Freight boat sailings are also expected to be affected, with more details available on NorthLink’s website.

Meanwhile, Loganair – as it did prior to Christmas – is offering customers booked on flights between Wednesday (11 January) and Friday (13 January) the option of re-booking on an alternative flight at any time within the next seven days from today (Monday).

It said storm-force winds and rain could disrupt services on Wednesday, while high winds, low temperatures and snowfall may present problems on Friday.

In a statement the airline advised passengers to check availability on alternative flights on Flybe’s website. If there is availability then they can call the airline on 0344 800 2855 with a booking reference. 

The airline’s disruption policy only covers travel on Flybe services operated by Loganair, and it is unable to make any changes to onward travel arrangements customers may have in place.

Loganair continues to plan to operate all scheduled services, and has standby aircraft and crews in place to help recover following any disruption “as soon as reasonably possible once weather conditions permit”.