21st Century Ferry For Pentland Firth Arriving In 2008
11th August 2007
Spring 2008 will bring the arrival of the fastest ferry over the Pentland Firth. A new catamaran state of the art high speed ferry will whisk passengers from Gills terminal in Caithnes over to Orkney.
The new ferry using the latest technology and meeting the highest safety standards demanded by regulators and passengers will have the capability of moving at high speeds to take cars and passengers quickly back and forth across the Pentland Firth bringing Caithness and Orkney closer together.
With a journey time of less than an hour in prospect even people who do not normally like sea crossings will find the level of comfort and the short trip not much of a problem. For those who enjoy sea travel the hi-speed trip will be both exciting and exhilarating.
With views of the coast making for one of the most spectacular ferry trips in Scotland. Day trips from Caithness and long weekends not taken up with hours of travel at either end - at least for locals will be welcome.
Seating will be available in a comfortable lounge or for those want to look out for whales and dolphins on the deck. Even on short journeys the Pentland Firth offers the chance to see many seabirds that are making their way to fedding places or between the islands and the mainland.
Lights snacks and drinks willbe available in the lounge making so that even less than an hour might seem like a few minutes.
Passengers will require to be at the terminal as before about 30 minutes before departure and it willbe advsiable to book ahead as demand is expected to be heavy. Booking can be done by Freefone 0800 688 8998 or on the web site www.pentlandferries.co.uk
2008 looks like being an interesting year for sea related activities in the north as Wick Harbour will have its new marina installed following the successful installation of pontoons this year. The Pentland Firth looks like it is set to become much busier in coming years. Not only is their likely to be much more economic development with possible energy projects beginning to look seriously at the possibilities of extracting energy for UK supply from the tremendous power of the firth. Oil extraction west of Shetland, wind mills in the Moray Firth off the East Caithness coast and still the possibility of a cargo terminal in Scapa Flow. 2008 looks to be an exciting year for sea related activities in the north of Scotland.
The new Pentland Firth ferry looks as if it moght just be the start. We recommend you book your place early as soon as bookings are opened.
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.
A Alfred Banks, born Kirkwall, Orkney 13 May 1931 died St. Margaret's Hope, Orkney, 26 January 2019.
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.
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.
Community-owned Gills Harbour is the most Northerly seaport on the British mainland, lying on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, just off the A 836 road, only four miles West of John O'Groats. The spring of 2015 has seen some significant developments locally, both in sea-transport and marine electricity, that bode well for the future of the little port on the inland 'apex' of Gills Bay; it belongs to the 600 people living along the North coast.
Two vessels made their debut visits to Gills Harbour on the morning of Sunday, May 10th, 2015. The mini-ships Uskmoor and Lodesman sailed across the Pentland Firth from Orkney to conduct operations in the Inner Sound of the narrow, tide-swept, channel separating Caithness from the isles.
Pentland Ferries is all set to buy the former Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Saturn. The move has been confirmed by the owners of the ship, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)..
Independent questionnaire conducted for Pentland Ferries Ltd by 'Survey Monkey' about the desirability of a 'real' short-sea-crossing of Pentland Firth Gills Harbour, Caithness to a 'new' RO:RO terminal at Burwick, just eight miles across the water. Give Your Views In the survey HERE Folk in Caithness who travel by ferry to Orkney have only a few more days to vote if they would like to see a new route developed from Gills Harbour that would cut the Pentland Firth sea-crossing time to just half-an-hour.
Pentland Ferries recently added a cafe at their terminal for the comfort of passengers travelling with them. No doubt others in the area may appreciate a snack or cup of tea or coffee if they are in the area.
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