In line with the Scottish Government’s latest announcement, and with effect from tomorrow (Wednesday 25th March) Pentland Ferries will operate a service for essential freight operators and key responders only. Lunch time sailings will be suspended.
This plan will be in force for the next three weeks, but will be reviewed on a weekly basis (in response to any Government changes).
The online booking system has now been closed until the end of April. Any passengers booked to sail over the next three weeks (up to Tuesday 14 April) are being contacted directly.
Director of Pentland Ferries, Kathryn Scollie said: “We very much hope that the country will adhere to the lockdown and that we will be able to resume normal service as soon as possible.”
Travel by Pentland Ferries is currently restricted to the following:
Freight – food, fuel or animal feed suppliers only
Key Responders from the following list, however we will consider other organisations on a case-by-case basis:
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Scottish Ambulance Service
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Scottish and Southern Energy
TA Representative, 10 Troop, 71 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)
PENTLAND FERRIES DELAYS MV ALFRED SAILING TO BRING IN ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
Manager of Tesco’s Kirkwall store, Andy Tenent, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Pentland Ferries for delaying the last sailing of the day to accommodate our trailer. It contains a variety of essential supplies.
“With our shelves now empty, we are desperate to get these goods to Orkney and on the shelves before the weekend. Without the support of Pentland Ferries, we would be looking at empty shelves for, at the very least, a further 24 hours.”
General manager of Pentland Ferries, David Cameron, said: “We face unprecedented times and must, where possible, work together to meet the needs of our community. It is thanks to the ship’s crew, who have gone above and beyond their duty to accommodate the late arrival, that Tesco will have this delivery tonight.”
Andy Tenent continued: “The demand for supplies across the country has impacted on the normal supply chain, which resulted in these supplies arriving late at the depot and, in turn, being transported north. As soon as the supplies arrive, we have a night team on standby to stock the shelves for opening tomorrow.”
MV ALFRED WINS SHIP OF THE YEAR IN FERRIES CATEGORY
The ships nominated surpassed readers’ expectations in terms of innovative construction and design, onboard amenities and experiences, and environmental stewardship.
MV Alfred was one of five ships to make the shortlist in the ferries category. Readers were then inviting to vote for their favourite. Thanks to all Pentland Ferries’ loyal supporters, MV Alfred was the runaway winner.
Director of Pentland Ferries, Kathryn Scollie, said: “It was a lovely surprise to learn that we had been nominated and reached the final five in our category, so we were absolutely delighted to be announced the winner.
“We are so grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for us. We truly appreciate all our loyal customers for their outstanding support.
“We are all very proud of our new environmentally friendly ship and the team that ensures we deliver a winning service.”