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Weather / Ferry services disrupted by strong winds

NorthLink has confirmed more cancellations.
Photo: John Bremner

AS YET another winter storm is sweeping across the isles internal and external ferry links will be disrupted throughout the day.

There is a yellow Met Office weather warning in place with northwesterly gusts of up to 70mph forecast for the afternoon.

Inter-island ferry services across Yell Sound and to Whalsay have already been suspended, and Shetland Islands Council has warned that disruptions on Bluemull and Bressay sounds are likely later in the day.

Updates on the ferry status can be found at the Transport Notifications portal on the Shetland News homepage or on the SIC website at https://www.shetland.gov.uk/homepage/73/ferry-status 

Both NorthLink sailings are scheduled to go ahead overnight but with heavily amended timetables.

The southbound Hjaltland will now depart from Lerwick at 2am on Sunday morning, arriving in Aberdeen 12 hours later.

The northbound sailing is due to depart Aberdeen as scheduled at 5pm, but is not expected to arrive in Kirkwall before 6am the following morning. The ferry will head to Shetland arriving in Lerwick Harbour at around 12.30pm on Sunday.

More information including check-in times can be found on the NorthLink website at https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk

Both cargo ships have been cancelled, as have all Pentland Firth sailings.

A detailed up to date weather forecast can be found on our weather pages at https://www.shetnews.co.uk/weather/