NorthLink Ferries Scoops National Fair Trade Award
2nd December 2015
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.
The Campaign of the Year certificate was awarded to Peter Hutchinson, Customer Service Director at NorthLink Ferries for the integrated campaign, which saw Aberdeen's Fair Trade banana mascot travel to Orkney on MV Hamnavoe.
NorthLink Ferries' commitments to Fair Trade include the provision of Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar sourced from Aberdeen-based Caber Coffee, Fairtrade bananas supplied by JW Gray in Kirkwall and Strachans in Aberdeen and the introduction of new staff polo shirts manufactured from Fairtrade cotton.
Speaking of the award win, Peter said: We are extremely pleased to be recognised for our commitment to using Fair Trade on board.
Working collaboratively with Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group and Orkney Fair Trade Group, the partnership is a great achievement for all involved and I would like to thank both groups for their support and hard work in helping us become a Fair Trade organisation.
As a tribute to the company’s well-developed ethical business policy, NorthLink Ferries was named as Aberdeen’s flagship business that supports Fair Trade for 2015 earlier this year.
Gill Smee, Chair of Orkney Fair Trade Group, added: "It is great to work with fellow Fair Trade enthusiasts and to see NorthLink Ferries rewarded. The company has put a lot of effort into buying fair and local, sourcing many of their hotel goods from both Orkney and Fairtrade suppliers.
Sue Good, Chair of Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group, said: We were very happy to name NorthLink Ferries as Aberdeen’s flagship business for 2015 and are now delighted that the exploits of our mascot, FT Banana, have been recognised as raising awareness of Fair Trade activity in Scotland.
For more information about NorthLink Ferries please visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk
-- 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.
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.
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.
-- 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.
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 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 is now accepting bookings for travel to and from Orkney and Shetland for next year. The ferry operator will continue with its current timetable and fares as well as cater for popular events by providing a temporary revised schedule when required.
More than 12 NorthLink Ferries crew members have undertaken training to help them spot whales, dolphins and porpoise whilst sailing between the mainland and northern isles. The training marks the start of a new partnership between NorthLink Ferries and ORCA as they launch OceanWatch - a new conservation initiative that begins on 25 July aiming to monitor and collect data on marine life around the UK coastline and adjoining waters Speaking of the recent training and partnership, Captain Stuart McCallum, Marine Manager at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: "Marine life is extremely vast and varied in the North Sea and through ORCA's OceanWatch training we hope to be able to obtain a snapshot of whale, dolphin and porpoise presence in these waters.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has announced two new special offers to launch early in 2015. From January 2, the ‘Kids Go Free' promotion will see children travel for free on direct Lerwick to Aberdeen and Aberdeen to Lerwick routes.
Serco NorthLink Ferries is accepting bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year. Stuart Garrett, Managing Director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: "As ever, the year ahead is set to include a number of exciting events for both Orkney and Shetland, from live traditional music festivals to midsummer celebrations.
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