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Transport / Bluemull Sound ferry service to now operate to ‘almost normal shift’ on Sunday, SIC says

The Fivla at Gutcher ferry terminal in Yell. Photo: Shetland News

SHETLAND Islands Council says the Bluemull Sound ferry service will no longer be suspended for most of Sunday due to lack of crew availability after a member of ferries staff made themselves available.

The council said on Monday afternoon that the service will operate to an “almost normal shift” on Sunday 7 July.

Meanwhile there were slight delays on the service this afternoon (Monday) following a mechanical issue with the Geira.

It was previously announced that there would be no services on Bluemull Sound between 6.10am and 5.40pm this coming Sunday due to crew sickness and annual leave.

However, after a member of staff made themselves available the first sailing on Sunday will now be the 9.30am departure from Gutcher, with sailings between Yell, Unst and Fetlar operating to normal timetable thereafter.

Staff in the ferries booking office are contacting anyone who had their booking cancelled, to reinstate bookings where possible.

Bookings which have not yet been cancelled remain valid, but passengers are advised to contact the booking office on 01595 745804 to check the status of their booking.

There still stands to be some cancelled sailings tomorrow (Tuesday), while there will also be a single vessel service on Monday 8 July – with the suite of disruption causing great frustration in the community, particularly given there was similar in May.

Shetland Islands Council said would it like to assure all passengers that every effort was made to avoid this disruption, and apologises for any inconvenience.

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