The company which this year took over the running of the ferry service between Lerwick and Aberdeen has announced plans to shed up to 36 jobs from its Northern Isles service.
Serco NorthLink says management talks with workers and unions have already begun. The company says its aim is to adopt a flexible approach to crewing its vessels, and insists safety will not be compromised. It is hoped the cuts can be achieved without the need to call for compulsory redundancies.
This week Serco NorthLink opened bookings for next year, which will see freight and passenger fares rise by 2.8 per cent, as agreed with the Scottish government.