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Transport / Extra pet-friendly cabins in the offing

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MORE pet-friendly cabins could be coming to NorthLink’s ferries as a result of their popularity since being introduced in the summer.

Serco NorthLink managing director Stuart Garrett told a meeting of the Shetland external transport forum on Wednesday that three more cabins on the Hjaltland and Hrossey could be turned into pet-friendly spaces.

Two cabins each were introduced on the vessels, as well as the Pentland Firth ferry Hamnavoe, in July.

They offer vinyl floor coverings instead of carpet, while dog bins and a bowl are provided.

Customers can walk their dogs on the outer deck and they are advised to bring their own bedding for their pets.

The cabins were warmly greeted by customers who are not keen on putting their pets in the on-board kennels.

Garrett said there have been 490 pet cabin sales since July, and there have also been waiting lists.

Their success has encouraged the possible introduction of more on the Hjaltland and Hrossey.

He said there are plans to convert two four-berth cabins and one two-berth.