“£9m to time charter a vessel for 9 months that cost £14m five years ago is an appalling deal for the taxpayer, let alone the long-term threat this creates to jobs, terms and conditions, pension rights and the stability of lifeline ferry services in the west of Scotland.” Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary
The MV Pentalina will be back serving the route from St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney, to Gills Bay on the Scottish mainland from the 18th of April
The additional late evening sailings have currently been extended to the 26th July 2022.
As a consequence of the current cancellation of the Pentland Ferries’ service, NorthLink have introduced additional evening sailings between Scrabster and Stromness until 19th July 2022.
Pentland Ferries have suspended all sailings of MV Alfred up to and including Sunday 10 July.
The 2021 awards celebrate the actions and achievements of businesses working towards reaching net-zero carbon emissions.
Why is Scotland so lacking in ambition that nearly a quarter of the way into the 21stC, ferry is still the only way for most islanders, mainlanders and freight to get to and from our islands ?
“The greater the burden placed on the Council to keep the ferries running, the greater the risk of severe cuts to other vital services our community depends upon.”
The awarding of the Northern Isles Ferry contract has been delayed again due to a legal challenge by CalMac Ferries Ltd.
“It’s important to stress that will have no impact on the Scottish Government’s commitments around reduced cabin fares and the three year freeze on islander fares.”