THERE is more disruption to the NorthLink ferry service, with the Hrossey set to make a rare trip to Scrabster instead of Aberdeen due to weather conditions down south.
After yesterday’s (Thursday) sailings were cancelled due to the weather, the northbound sailing tonight (Friday) has also been called off.
With harbour conditions at Aberdeen impacted by the conditions, the southbound sailing has been rerouted to Scrabster at the tip of the Scottish mainland, leaving Lerwick at 10pm and arriving at 6am on Saturday.
The Hrossey will then depart Scrabster at 10am before arriving in Lerwick the same day at 5.30pm.
Scrabster is usually used by NorthLink for 90-minute sailings between the Scottish mainland and Stromness in Orkney.
Friday’s freight sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen has also been cancelled.
Saturday’s scheduled passenger and freight services will continue to be monitored.
Serco’s operations director at NorthLink Ferries Captain John Strathearn said: “Due to adverse weather conditions we will be operating a revised timetable and alternate routes to ensure that lifeline passenger and freight services can continue when and where possible.
“The safety of our passengers, staff and crew is always of the upmost importance and we will continue to monitor the weather situation in the coming days along with key stakeholders.”
Travel to and from Shetland continues to remain for essential purposes only due to coronavirus restrictions.
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