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Transport / Gales bring further disruptions to ferry services

January's Storm Gertrude, shown here hitting Ulsta, was used as an example of Scotland's violent weather. Photo: Robert OdieYell Sound ferry services have been suspended.

FERRY operator NorthLink has confirmed that its northbound service to Lerwick will depart Aberdeen at 7pm today (Friday) but due to gale force west to northwesterly winds arrival in Shetland could be up to four hours late on Saturday morning.

There will be no southbound service though with the Hjaltland berthed at Kirkwall after Thursday night’s service to Lerwick was cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

The Hjaltland will depart Kirkwall for Aberdeen at 11.45pm tonight.

Meanwhile, the westerly gales have had an impact on inter island ferry services. The Yell Sound and Bluemull Sound services were suspended from late morning until early afternoon. The Bluemull Sound service was back to normal for a while during the afternoon but is now (6.45pm) suspended again. A single vessel service is in operation on Yell Sound.

The Whalsay service is down to a single vessel service to Linga’s timetabledue to the Fivla covering Bressay Sound. All bookings suspended.

A detailed weather forecast including wind and swell charts can be found at our weather pages at www.shetnews.co.uk/weather