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Serco NorthLink Ferries publishes passenger volumes across first phases of lockdownThumbnail for article : Serco NorthLink Ferries publishes passenger volumes across first phases of lockdown
Serco NorthLink Ferries has been operating a revised service during Phase 1 and 2 of lockdown, which has provided travel for key workers as well as essential islander and freight connectivity between the Northern Isles and mainland Scotland.   During the period 22 March to 30 June, passenger numbers across all routes were 6,010 in comparison to 112,416 over the same period in 2019, representing a reduction of 95 per cent.  
Pentland Venture Ferry Cancels Summer SeasonThumbnail for article : Pentland Venture Ferry Cancels Summer Season
Trips to Orkney in the Pentland Venture ferry have been cancelled for this year.   With two months already lost operators have decided the losses would be too great.  
Serco NorthLink Ferries cracks down on non-essential travel
Serco NorthLink Ferries continues to request that travellers stay at home and help to save lives as the company was forced to refuse travel to 23 passengers since 22 March.   As part of the national effort to deal with the current public health crisis, NorthLink Ferries has been monitoring passengers' reasons for travelling, which are captured during the booking process, and denying travel to or from the Northern Isles to those who disclose non-essential reasons.  
Serco NorthLink Ferries maintains lifeline service to Northern IslesThumbnail for article : Serco NorthLink Ferries maintains lifeline service to Northern Isles
A new temporary timetable has been introduced by Serco NorthLink Ferries, designed to continue to provide a lifeline service between mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles whilst reflecting travel demand during the COVID-19 outbreak.   In line with advice from the Scottish Government and health officials, restrictions have been implemented in recent weeks to allow only necessary travel, resulting in a significant reduction in passenger numbers.  
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.