Transport / Continued disruption to ferry service

Supermarket shelves have been sparse, but the Lerwick Co-op says a delivery is expected to arrive this evening

Capacity of both the NorthLink passenger and freight boats have come under scrutiny over recent years. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

THERE is continued disruption to the NorthLink ferry service due to the weather.

The Hjaltland‘s northbound sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick tonight (Saturday) has been pushed back to tomorrow morning, with an arrival time in Shetland of 7pm on Sunday. Its scheduled stop in Kirkwall has been called off.


It means that the last direct passenger ferry sailing from Aberdeen to Shetland was overnight on Wednesday into Thursday.

Shelves on the supermarkets have been more sparse as a result.

At the time of writing the Hrossey is on her way back to Lerwick from Scrabster, however, where she arrived this morning from Shetland after being rerouted.

The Lerwick Co-op said that it has a delivery on its way which is hoped to arrive at 7pm tonight.

NorthLink said the ferry headed to Scrabster at the tip of the Scottish mainland instead of Aberdeen to ensure that lifeline services could continue.

The Hrossey was scheduled to then leave Lerwick for Aberdeen at 7pm tonight following a quick turnaround, but her departure may be delayed by up to two hours.

Her expected time of arrival into Aberdeen on Sunday morning is approximately 10.15am.

The only scheduled freight sailing today, which is southbound between Lerwick and Aberdeen, has been cancelled.