Weather disrupts ferry sailings
The Hrossay’s southbound sailing to Kirkwall and Aberdeen has been pulled forward to 12am (Monday 28th December) and is sailing direct to Aberdeen owing to a bad weather forecast, Northlink has announced. Check-in will be between 11am and 11:30am and arrival is scheduled for 12am tomorrow, making it a 24hr trip for passengers.
Meanwhile Hjaltland’s northbound sailing to Lerwick is delayed till approximately 12pm. Check-in will remain between 17:00 and 18:30 and arrival is expected to be about 1pm tomorrow.
Both vessels’ scheduled sailings for tomorrow (Tuesday 29th December) are under review and might be cancelled owing to the weather. Hrossey is scheduled to depart Aberdeen sailing for Kirkwall (Hatston Pier) and Lerwick at 5pm. Hjaltland is scheduled to depart Lerwick sailing for Aberdeen at 7pm.
The Hamnavoe, operating between Scrabster and Stromness, is expected to operate to the scheduled timetable for today with weather related delays possible on all sailings.
Freight services are also affected with Hildasay, which arrived in Kirkwall from Lerwick at 0.10am this morning now due to sail from Kirkwall to Aberdeen at 12am, brought forward from the scheduled time of 8pm. There is a possibility departure may be earlier. The ship is expected to arrive in Aberdeen at 12am tomorrow.
Hildasay’s scheduled sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick at 6pm tomorrow is under review, with the possibility of cancellation.
Helliar is next scheduled to depart Lerwick sailing for Aberdeen at 6pm on Monday 4th January after arriving in Lerwick at 7pm yesterday.