Date lodged: 23 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19840 by Paul Wheelhouse on 21 November 2018, whether the freight vessel that will be used on the Stromness-Scrabster route will be removed from the Lerwick-Aberdeen service for this period and, if so, what the implications of this will be for freight exports between Lerwick and Aberdeen for the seafood and other sectors.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 6 December 2018
The freight vessel, the MV helliar, will provide relief cover for the MV Hamnavoe for around one week.
The operator, Serco NorthLink Ferries, has confirmed that no southbound sailings from Lerwick will be affected, thus minimising the impact on the seafood sector. The northbound sailing from Aberdeen on Wednesday 16 January has however been cancelled.
Serco NorthLink Ferries has been and will continue to work collaboratively with customers and hauliers to ensure all freight volumes from the Northern Isles are shipped timeously.