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Transport / Weather forces NorthLink to amend timetable

Rolling, rolling, rolling. Passengers feared the NorthLink ferry was going to capsize on Wednesday night before the captain regained control of the vessel with 500 passengers on board.

THE unsettled winter weather continues to cause havoc to NorthLink’s ferry timetable.

Due to the near gale westerly airflow, gusting to force nine at times, Hrossey’s southbound journey to Kirkwall and Aberdeen will now depart Lerwick two hours ahead of schedule at 2.30pm. Arrival in Orkney and at Aberdeen is expected to be as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the Hjaltland will depart Aberdeen as scheduled at 5pm, but will wait at Kirkwall until the weathers eases before heading north. She is expected to arrive in Lerwick at 12 noon on Sunday.

Sunday’s northbound sailing is also expected to experience some delays.

Meanwhile, SEPA has issued a local flood alert for Saturday and Sunday when a combination of strong winds and high tides could lead to some flooding on coastal areas. High tide in Lerwick is around 2pm on Saturday.

A detailed weather forecast can be found on our weather pages here.