Scottish Government Decided To Buy Northern Isles ferries

By | 2019 Newsletter week 13 | No Comments

The two ro-ro ferries that serve the Northern Isles network have been purchased by the Scottish Government.

Sister vessels HELLIAR and HILDASAY operate on the lifeline routes from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, Orkney and Lerwick.

They had previously been chartered from Fortress, but a formal deal has been completed and they will now join the Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) fleet.

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “Our ferry services are iconic transport links that play a vital role for our island economies, so it’s important that we secure the two freight ferries for the future. Purchasing the vessels outright will also bring financial benefits by delivering savings to the public purse over the longer term.”

In April 2018, ro-pax ferries HAMNAVOE, HROSSEY and HJALTLAND had already been taken into CMAL ownership. This means that now the entire fleet of NorthLink ferries is under the CMAL ownership.