Orkney ferry operator interested in running new Shetland service

An Orkney ferry operator has inquired about the possibility of running additional services to Shetland via Grutness Pier.

Development director Neil Grant confirmed he had been approached by the company during discussions at today’s full meeting of the SIC.

Shetland South Member had asked whether the proposed harbour improvements, which form part of the Fair Isle ferry replacement project, could accommodate additional services.

Dr Armitage suggested connections between Orkney as well as Caithness on the mainland, could be considered as a “potential extra link in the future”.

Mr Grant said the work proposed for Grutness was focussed on providing a good service for the new Fair Isle ferry.

However, he further uses could be considered – and confirmed the Orkney operator had already been in touch to ask the question.

Mr Grant said he told the operator the current work was a “very specific project” with funding for a “specific specification”.

However, he added: “There may be options in the future for use of the infrastructure for possibly other ferries and possible fishing vessels.

“I’ve spoken to some people in that respect as well.

“But the decision has absolutely been focussed on the Fair Isle ferry.”


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  • Bob Marsh

    • June 30th, 2023 11:01

    Another good option for the Fair Isle link and save the reported now £30 million astronomic cost or same, or perhaps redirect that money to new vessels for the SIC fleet. Incentivise the Orkney operator to run into Fair Isle down or up, as and when weather allows. Some expense only then needs to be directed at Grutness port.

    • Bob Marsh

      • July 2nd, 2023 19:48

      The new vessel component of the now £30 million spend was assumed to be circa £6 million. Base the boat at Grutness and avoid this large logistical and cost component related to slipping a not inconsequential size new boat in inclement weather at Fair Isle. Would free up more time also for other ferry work including improve schedule, and perhaps ease crew rotas from larger pool available on mainland. Also without the slip constraints perhaps the boat could be larger and more seaworthy/comfortable..


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