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Northern Isles pupils call for passengers' attention
Northern Isles school pupils are calling for passengers' attention with the introduction of refreshed safety briefing announcements on board NorthLink Ferries passenger vessels.   As part of the Scottish Government's Year of Young People 2018, the lifeline ferry service chose four students from Anderson High School in Lerwick for the announcement on MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey and a further four pupils from Stromness Primary School in Orkney for the MV Hamnavoe recording.  
NorthLink Ferries backs young people's journey to the future
In support of the Year of Young People 2018, and in partnership with Caber Coffee's Ethyco range, NorthLink Ferries is looking for two outstanding young people to apply for a travel bursary.   The bursary is intended to be used towards the cost of attending a significant cultural or leadership event.  
Sailing To Success With Serco Northlink FerriesThumbnail for article : Sailing To Success With Serco Northlink Ferries
Serco NorthLink Ferries is proud to support local producers from the Northern Isles as they prepare for this year's Highland Show.   In partnership with producers from Orkney, the Serco NorthLink lifeline ferry transported cheese, baked items, oatcakes, ice creams and of course rum and gin, that will be proudly showcased at the show.  
Serco Northlink Ferries: Investors in People Silver AccreditationThumbnail for article : Serco Northlink Ferries: Investors in People Silver Accreditation
Serco NorthLink Ferries celebrates being the first ferry company in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Investors in People Silver Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK.   Stuart Garrett, Serco's Managing Director of NorthLink Ferries, joined the team at NorthLink Ferries' Stromness call centre to celebrate the achievement.  
11/6/2018
Protest Mounting Over Certain Gills Bay/John O'Groats Bus Services To Be Cancelled
Since the news came out in the John O'Groat Journal that Stage coach are to change bus services for Gills and John O'Groats protests have been getting louder.   the proposed bus timetable changes from 20th August which effectively abolish the direct route from Wick to John o'Groats and Gills.  
8/4/2018
New Office-bearer For Gills Harbour Ltd
Gills Harbour Ltd, the community body that owns and runs Gills Harbour on Caithness's North Coast, has a new office-bearer.   At its recent Annual General Meeting, Mr Mark Gibson of Northern View, John O'Groats KW1 4YS, was unanimously appointed as the body's Vice-Chairman.  
Northlink Ferries To Operate Revised Timetable During Dry Dock PeriodThumbnail for article : Northlink Ferries To Operate Revised Timetable During Dry Dock Period
-- Rolling dry dock period to commence late January with final vessel complete by 20 February--.   -- MV Arrow secured on short term charter -- -- Alternative travel arrangements in place for MV Hamnavoe -- NorthLink Ferries has today (Thursday 21 December) published timetables confirming arrangements for the regular planned maintenance of its passenger vessels, with one vessel at a time due to be out of service between 22 January and 20 February.  
15/12/2017
Gills Bay Crossing Busiest Sea Route In CaithnessThumbnail for article : Gills Bay Crossing Busiest Sea Route In Caithness
OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW MORE PEOPLE AND CARS SAILED ACROSS THE PENTLAND FIRTH FROM CAITHNESS TO ORKNEY IN 2016 FROM GILLS BAY THAN ON ANY OTHER ROUTE.   Official figures recently published by Scottish Government 'spending watchdog' body Audit Scotland show that the so-called 'short sea-route' from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope was the busiest seaway to Orkney across the Pentland Firth in 2016.  
31/3/2017
Take-over Of One Inner Sound Meygen Contactor By A Venerable Larger One
One of the contractors that has been operating in the Inner Sound for Atlantis RL's MeyGen site has been taken over by another, a much-larger one.   See note on Insight Marine Services Ltd of Cornwall.  
Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland Ferries
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced a new project to design an 85m steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited.  The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, working closely with Strategic Marine.  
17/3/2017
Gills Harbour AGM - Tuesday 21st March 2017Thumbnail for article : Gills Harbour AGM - Tuesday 21st March 2017
Notice of Annual General Meeting: On Tuesday 21.03.2017 @ 19.30.   Gills Harbour Ltd: A Community- owned trading Company limited by guarantee.  
New Year Bookings to Open with NorthLink FerriesThumbnail for article : New Year Bookings to Open with NorthLink Ferries
NorthLink Ferries is set to open bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year from Saturday (1 October).   Peter Hutchinson, customer service director at NorthLink Ferries, said: "NorthLink Ferries is happy to announce that bookings for 2017 are to be accepted from Saturday.  
22/9/2016
Huge Jackup Barge Arrives in Pentland Firth For Turbine Installation WorkThumbnail for article : Huge Jackup Barge Arrives in Pentland Firth For Turbine Installation Work
Jack-up barge Neptune arrives in the PF's Inner Sound early this afternoon 22.09.16.  German tug Elbe, which will be working closely with the self-propelled JU, is already on site.  
18/9/2016
Installation of underwater turbine and foundation structures at Pentland Firth: Notice to MarinersThumbnail for article : Installation of underwater turbine and foundation structures at Pentland Firth: Notice to Mariners
Update From Bill Mowatt.   'Notice to mariners': Installation of first tidal-stream turbine in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound at Atlantis RL's MeyGen site c.  
Record year for regional airport operatorThumbnail for article : Record year for regional airport operator
Regional airport operator HIAL has handled more passengers than ever, according to latest figures for the last financial year.  The airport group, which operates 11 airports across Scotland, handled 1,437,625 passengers in 2015/16, up by more than 6000 on the previous year.  
NorthLink Ferries honoured at national travel awardsThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries honoured at national travel awards
NorthLink Ferries, managed and operated by Serco on behalf of Transport Scotland, has scooped a national award at this year's Guardian and Observer Travel Awards.   Held in Scotland's capital on Friday 3 March, the ferry operator was awarded the title of ‘Best Ferry' at the annual ceremony, which celebrates the best in travel and tourism services across the world.  
NorthLink Ferries Set to Appear in Successful Shetland SeriesThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries Set to Appear in Successful Shetland Series
-- Location Fee Donated to Local Charity NorthLink Ferries is set to make its debut in the BBCs successful Shetland series this month.   Passenger ferry MV Hrossey will appear in the third series of the crime television programme, which stars Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, due to air from Friday 15 January 2016.  
Tasting Events to Continue On Board NorthLink FerriesThumbnail for article : Tasting Events to Continue On Board NorthLink Ferries
NorthLink Ferries is set to bring a series of events on board its services in 2016 following a successful Year of Food and Drink in 2015.   The events will continue the Scottish Governments celebration of food and drink from 2015 by showcasing local Orkney and Shetland producers throughout next year at a series of on board tastings.  
NorthLink Ferries Records Marine Sightings
NorthLink Ferries support of a new conservation initiative has proved successful, with five harbour porpoises, a striped dolphin and a pilot whale spotted in the first four months of the project by the ferry firms crew members.   The sightings, identified while NorthLink Ferries crew members travelled between the mainland and the northern isles, feed into a wider survey conducted by the marine mammal conservation charity ORCA.  
NorthLink Ferries Scoops National Fair Trade AwardThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries Scoops National Fair Trade Award
NorthLink Ferries has been named as the joint winner of a national award in recognition of the company's commitment to Fair Trade.  The award was presented at the Scottish Fair Trade Awards to the Northern Isles ferry service for its partnership with Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group and Orkney Fair Trade Group.