Friday 19 April 2024
 2.9°C   NNW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Transport / Dry dock delays cause further NorthLink cancellations

THERE are further cancellations on the NorthLink ferry service due to the Hrossey being delayed in returning from dry dock.

She was due to return to service on Sunday (24 March) but an issue with the rudder during scheduled dry dock maintenance has pushed this back.

Operator Serco NorthLink says it is hoped the Hrossey is back in service early next week.

This has caused knock-on cancellations to the northbound Saturday sailing and the southbound Sunday sailing.

This is on top of weather related cancellations to the Lerwick calls of sailings tonight (Thursday) and Friday.

Due to the dry dock schedule plus the cancellations, it means the next passenger sailing to or from Lerwick will be Sunday’s northbound trip.

It also comes after the sister vessel Hjaltland was delayed in returning from dry dock in February, causing cancellations.

Stuart Garrett, managing director of Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: “The MV Hrossey is currently in dry dock for annual maintenance and was due to resume normal operations on Sunday 24 March.

“However, during planned maintenance on the rudder an essential component has seized. Because of this, and the knock-on remedial work, the ferry’s return to service is unfortunately delayed.

“As the provider of the lifeline ferry service for the Northern Isles we understand the knock-on effect for both our customers and the communities we serve. The dry dock team is working to safely complete the additional work as quickly as possible.

“We cannot put an exact timeframe on when we expect the Hrossey back in service, however what we can say is we hope it will be early next week.”

To maintain passenger sailings to both Orkney and Shetland, the Hjaltland will be held in Aberdeen on Saturday and will sail at 5pm on Sunday to Lerwick via Kirkwall.

The customer service team will continue to keep passengers updated.

Freight sailings on Thursday and Friday have been cancelled due to the weather but are expected to resume on Saturday.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.