9th December 2019
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Ferry service disruption at Bressay and Whalsay

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The Bressay ferry Leirna will be out of service today due to problems with her main engine which were identified early this morning.

The Whalsay ferry Hendra is currently on her way to provide cover between Lerwick and Bressay, from mid-morning.

The Linga will be the only vessel operating on the Whalsay route today, to the Linga‘s usual timetable. There will be an extra run at 1.15pm. Bookings are suspended and all vehicles are to use the booked lane.

The council will provide updates later in the day when more information is available on the engine problems with the Leirna and an apology was issued to passengers for the interruption to the service.


  1. Iris anderson

    I’ve never been aware of any apology from SIC to the Whalsay folk and we already run a cut service on wednesdays! Where’s the spare ferry? Does the SIC realise that 5.45 (Hendra) and 6.30 (Linga) are our 2 busiest runs. Is the Hendra going to be back in time for that?

  2. Duncan Simpson

    No Iris, no apology. Da standby ferry is out of service for her annual refit I believe. With an ever decreasing budget expect more of these disruptions. The Scottish Government have given the Road Equivalent Tariff to all West Coast routes, a reward for voting SNP I bet. While we have to put up with increasing costs for a poorer service. Aging terminals and ferries with no replacements or alternatives on the horizon. The SIC seem oblivious to the fact that the North Isles are vital to the economy and culture of Shetland. It is time for change. Support Wir Shetland and stop the decimation of country services and schools!


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