Tough run for Hrossey

The Hrossey battles against the swell as she leaves Lerwick Harbour in rough seas. Photo: David Paul
The Hrossey battles against the swell as she leaves Lerwick Harbour in rough seas. Photo: David Paul

Passengers on the Serco NorthLink ferry Hrossey had to endure a 26-hour journey to Aberdeen where she docked just before 2pm today after leaving Lerwick shortly after midday on Wednesday.

The sailing had been brought forward five-and-a-half hours from the scheduled 5.30pm departure because of the weather and rough seas.

The Hrossey arrived in Kirkwall at 7pm on Wednedsay before sailing again at 11.45pm, but she then had to drop anchor in Kirkwall Bay till 5am because of the excessive sea.

The ferry was scheduled to sail north to Kirkwall again at 5pm, although that sailing was dependent on her arrival time at Aberdeen.

As NorthLink Ferries is operating a temporary timetable to accom­modate the dry dock of each passen­ger vessel, there was no passenger vessel sailing from Aberdeen on Wed­nesday with the Hjaltland in dry dock.

The weather saw Wednesday’s scheduled freight vessel sailings cancelled. The Hildasay was scheduled to sail from Lerwick to Aberdeen at 6pm today and the Helliar was to sail north to Lerwick at the same time.

For details see The Shetland Times weather pages.


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  • John Fox

    • February 5th, 2014 17:22

    …. and there was me thinking that Monday’s sailing was terrible. I’m glad now that I didn’t delay further my departure from wonderful Shetland.

  • Robert Wakeham

    • February 6th, 2014 12:12

    Meanwhile, Hjaltland seems to have been sitting waiting outside the Mersey for several days now – surely not part of the annual maintenance plan?

  • Joe kay

    • February 8th, 2014 9:19

    Was passenger on this occasion, I think the master and crew made the best of what they have at their disposal.


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