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Ferry company cuts down its on-board offering


By Alan Hendry


The MV Hamnavoe making its way from Scrabster to Stromness. Picture: Northlink Ferries
The MV Hamnavoe making its way from Scrabster to Stromness. Picture: Northlink Ferries

SHOPS and bar facilities on services run by NorthLink Ferries have been shut down due to the coronavirus crisis.

The company – whose routes include the Scrabster to Stromness link – says only necessary travel should be made between the Scottish mainland and Northern Isles.

Stuart Garrett, Serco’s managing director of NorthLink Ferries, said: “The wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always our top priority and since the outset of Covid-19 we have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure their health and safety.

"We have followed relevant guidelines and advice from the Government and health officials and continue to do so. It is for this reason that restrictions have been implemented to allow only necessary travel between the Scottish mainland and Northern Isles and a reduced on-board offering.

"While we do continue to provide a lifeline service, we would like to remind all passengers to adhere to Government guidelines when travelling with us for the safety of themselves, their families and our staff.”

In line with Government, Transport Scotland, Health Protection Scotland and Maritime and Coastguard Agency advice, NorthLink continues to operate but with a number of changes to the on-board offering.

These include:

  • Suspension of cinema
  • Suspension of car valet
  • Closure of on-board shops
  • Closure of on-board bar area
  • Suspension of MV Hamnavoe bed and breakfast

Due to the duration of crossings between Aberdeen, Kirkwall and Lerwick, food and drink will continue to be available on board but with an amended menu. Stricter enforcing of social distancing is also in place.



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