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Statement From Northlink Ferries
Stuart Garrett, Serco's Managing Director of NorthLink Ferries, said: "The wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always our top priority and since the outset of COVID-19 we have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure their health and safety.  We have followed relevant guidelines and advice from the Government and health officials and continue to do so.  
Loganair To Stop Flying Wick To Edinburgh
Wick John O'Groats Airport has been hit hard with the news that Loganair is to axe the flights between Wick and Edimburgh Bookings had already dropped in the last year and the Cornavirus has made things worse.   The service will cease at the end of March.  
Pentland Venture Returning To Wick After 3 Week MaintenanceThumbnail for article : Pentland Venture Returning To Wick After 3 Week Maintenance
The John O'Groats Ferry Pentland Venture entering Wick Harbour this afternoon 5 March 2020.   She has just returned from a 3 week Maintenance Period in Fraserburgh which included a fresh coat of paint..  
Flybe Deal Keeps Flights Going To Wick For Now
Flybe's franchise partner Eastern Airways has flights to Wick from Aberdeen and would have been in danger if the company had gone bust.   Flybe has agreed £110m rescue deal.  
Safe Loading In Rough Seas At Gills Harbour Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Safe Loading In Rough Seas At Gills Harbour Pentland Ferries
With expert guidance from the crew of Pentland Ferries "Alfred" this lorry safely loads onto the ferry at Gills Harbour, Caithness, today (9 January 2019), for her crossing to St Margarets Hope.   Sea swells were evident, making the job even harder & causing the ferry to be delayed.  
MV Helliar Replacing MV Hamnavoe 13th - 26th JanuaryThumbnail for article : MV Helliar Replacing MV Hamnavoe 13th  - 26th January
The MV Hamnavoe is due to be in dry dock from 13th to 26th January 2020 (inclusive), and there will be additional north and southbound calls into Kirkwall by the MV Hrossey and MV Hjaltland.  During this time the MV Helliar will provide a replacement service on the Pentland Firth route.  
New Ferry Mv Alfred Set For First Crossing Of Pentland FirthThumbnail for article : New Ferry Mv Alfred Set For First Crossing Of Pentland Firth
Pentland Ferries' new £14-million vessel, mv Alfred is almost ready to make its first trip from St Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay on Friday, 1st November 2019.   The new ferry arrived on 9th October 2019 after completing its journey from the shipbuilders in Vietnam for the final fittings to be carried at Kirkwall after quick call at St Margarets Hope where local children had a chance to get a glimpse of it.  
New Ferry For Pentland Ferries Arrives SafelyThumbnail for article : New Ferry For Pentland Ferries Arrives Safely
Scotland's most modern + environmentally-friendly, fuel-efficient ROPAX ferry ship rge MV Alfred, arrived AM today (Wed 09.10.19 at St Margarets Hope.   The boat went round to Kirkwall immediately at the end of 9,000+ miles voyage from the Strategic Marine yard near Ho Chi Minh city (ex.  
Serco Awarded £450m Contract For Northern Isles Ferry ServicesThumbnail for article : Serco Awarded £450m Contract For Northern Isles Ferry Services
Serco, the international service company, has been selected as preferred bidder to continue managing and operating the lifeline Northern Isles Ferry Services for passengers and freight between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, providing essential access and supplies for the islanders.   The outcome of the tender was announced by the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands to The Scottish Parliament this morning.  
New Ferry For Pentland Ferries On Its Way From VietnamThumbnail for article : New Ferry For Pentland Ferries On Its Way From Vietnam
Pentland Ferries has announced that the company's new ship, Alfred, left the yard in Vietnam, yesterday morning, Thursday, to start the long voyage home to Orkney.   Director of Pentland Ferries, Kathryn Scollie, said: "We are delighted that the MV Alfred is now on her way.  
Warm ‘Welcome' on NorthLink Ferries with accessibility appThumbnail for article : Warm ‘Welcome' on NorthLink Ferries with accessibility app
Company is first Scottish transport operator to introduce pioneering support service.   Serco NorthLink Ferries has partnered with one of Scotland's digital start-ups to improve journeys for customers who require additional support.  
NorthLink Ferries Cultivates Agricultural Show Presence
Visitors to some of Scotland's main agricultural shows this summer could win free travel to the Northern Isles on board Serco NorthLink Ferries.   Anyone stopping by the company's stand at the Royal Highland Show, Caithness Show, Turriff Show or Isles Shows will be able to enter a prize draw for a trip on board its vessels.  
Northlink Ferries Set For Sell-out Summer As TV Series Boost Visitor Numbers To Record Highs
Northern Isles ferry operator Serco NorthLink Ferries is predicting its busiest ever holiday season.  The company has just completed training for its 31 seasonal Passenger Service Assistants who have joined the team ahead of the summer surge.  
NorthLink Ferries celebrates mothers with a chance to win Shetland jewelleryThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries celebrates mothers with a chance to win Shetland jewellery
Whether it's a day of pampering and relaxation or one of adventure and activities, Mother's Day is always the perfect opportunity to remind mums how special they are.   As sons and daughters travel this weekend to see their mums, NorthLink Ferries is helping those still searching for that perfect gift by offering the chance to win a beautiful handmade pendant from Shetland Jewellery.  
20/3/2019
Gills Harbour Ltd Awards Contract To Local FirmThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Ltd Awards Contract To Local Firm
Gills Harbour Ltd, the community-owned body that owns & operates the busy little port on Caithness's North Coast, has awarded a remedial contract to a Wick-based company.   The deal, won in a competitive tender, has gone to builders/civil engineers Messrs GMR Henderson Ltd, of Martha Terrace in Wick.  
13/3/2019
Latest Update From Gills Harbour To Caithness Transport ForumThumbnail for article : Latest Update From Gills Harbour To Caithness Transport Forum
REPORT FROM GILLS HARBOUR Ltd., GILLS BAY, KW1 4YB, FOR CAITHNESS TRANSPORT FORUM OF 06.03.2019.   1) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONE.  
Air Discount Scheme Renewed And Extended To SutherlandThumbnail for article : Air Discount Scheme Renewed And Extended To Sutherland
The Air Discount Scheme (ADS) which provides cheaper air travel for islands and north Highland residents has been extended.   The scheme month has been renewed until 31 December 2020.  
NorthLink Ferries to Star in STV DocumentaryThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries to Star in STV Documentary
NorthLink Ferries is set to star in a new STV documentary on Friday (08 March 2019), providing viewers across the country with a unique insight into life on board the company's passenger services.   Titled All Aboard and broadcast at 8pm, the 30 minute programme follows MV Hrossey as she travels between Aberdeen and Lerwick, offering a behind the scenes chance to see the many roles of crewmembers as well as a glimpse into island life and the stories of those making their way to and from the mainland.  
Wick John O'Groats Airport Will Be Involved In Strike ActionThumbnail for article : Wick John O'Groats Airport Will Be Involved In Strike Action
Prospect air traffic controllers in the Highlands and Islands to strike on 26th April 2019 over pay.   Prospect air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airport Limited will be taking strike action on the 26th of April in relation to their 2018-19 pay offer.  
NorthLink Ferries celebrates apprentices with ministerial visitThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries celebrates apprentices with ministerial visit
Serco NorthLink Ferries has been commended by the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, for developing young people from Shetland and Orkney and becoming the first and only ferry operator in Scotland to receive the highest Investors in People accreditation.   As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, 11 apprentices with NorthLink Ferries met the Minister at NorthLink's Stromness office where they discussed the benefits of modern apprenticeships and the opportunities being presented to them by Serco, the operator of the lifeline ferry service.