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MV Helliar Replacing MV Hamnavoe 13th - 26th January

9th January 2020

Photograph of 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.

NorthLink Ferries MV Hamnavoe which operates between Scrabster and Stromness will have "Changing Places" installed during the upcoming dry dock period. These fully accessible facilities have an adult-sized, height adjustable changing bench, a hoist and a centrally placed toilet. NorthLink have worked closely with the Scottish charity PAMIS to ensure these are to specification and are delighted to be the first ferry operator to have these toilets on all passenger vessels.

The availability of an external power supply, a shore supply, will be utilised to complete the final vessel commissioning of the onboard modifications to the vessels electrical switchboard to accept shore power.

Various mechanical works will be undertaken including major services on the Port Main Engine, Starboard Main Engine and the Port Gearbox. All works are planned maintenance tasks complying with the manufacturers recommended service schedules and overseen by the manufacturers approved service engineers.

Dry dock maintenance will also be completed on propellers, shaft lines and stabilisers along with statutory out of water surveys and inspections by the Classification Society and Flag Administration.

The scheduled dry dock period has been designed to minimise disruption to customers and takes place during the quietest time of year for both passenger and freight shipments.

In January 2019 The Serco NorthLink freight ship Helliar ran on the Stromness to Scrabster ferry route while the Hamnavoe had its refit.

 

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