Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Council / Skerries ferry service to be affected by linkspan work

The Skerries linkspan before the work was carried out. Photo: SIC

PLANNED maintenance work has now begun on the ferry linkspan in Skerries – with ferry services set to be affected later in August. 

Contractors working on behalf of Shetland Islands Council will refurbish the concrete structure of the linkspan, with this phase of the work expected to begin on 24 August, lasting around five weeks.

Works are weather dependent and this may affect the schedule.

During this time there will be no ro-ro ferry service for vehicles, and only a foot passenger and a limited lift on/lift off freight service will operate.

Shetland Islands Council said it would like to apologise to passengers for the disruption to ferry services caused by this essential maintenance work.

Anyone affected by the changes to ferry operations can contact ferry services to discuss alternative arrangements on 01595 744200.

The council is set to refurbish every ferry linkspan – the piece of machinery which ultimately acts as a ramp to allow vehicles on and off ferries – in Shetland.

The work is expected to take place in phases through to 2022/23.