PENTLAND FERRIES BECOMES FIRST UK FERRY OPERATOR TO ACHIEVE GREEN TOURISM AWARD
Orkney-based Pentland Ferries, which operates from St Margaret’s Hope in Orkney to Gills Bay in the north-east of Scotland, has become the first ferry operator in the UK to have achieved a Green Tourism Award.
The awards programme recognises the commitment of tourism businesses to sustainability and is seen as a prestigious hallmark of environmentally sensitive practices and operation. The award for the family-run company follows the introduction in November 2019 of a new purpose-built vessel, MV Alfred, which brought highly superior environmental credentials to the service.
MV Alfred’s efficient design, LED lighting, and fuel efficiency all contributed to the bronze-level award, as did the use of local food suppliers, wind turbine, and waste reducing and recycling initiatives that the company encourages passengers to embrace onboard ship. The Green Tourism report stated: “This is just the beginning of the journey and I am sure Pentland Ferries will continue to increase their score and have the potential to achieve the silver award.”
Managing director of Pentland Ferries, Andrew Banks, said: “Our environmental credentials are very important to us, so we are very proud to be the first ferry operator in the UK to achieve a Green Tourism Award.
“The MV Alfred is more than 60 per cent more efficient in terms of fuel consumption and emission levels than other comparable ferries operating in Scotland. These efficiencies sit at the centre of a much wider energy-efficient drive by Pentland Ferries, which includes reducing waste, using low energy lighting, recycling, and using wind power to power the vessel overnight.
“As the Green Award assessment recognises, this is just the start of the Pentland Ferries journey: we will continue to develop greater environmental awareness and efficiencies within our operation.”
Andrew Banks was delighted to be presented with Pentland Ferries’ first Green Tourism award on Friday (7 February 2020) by Nusrat Ghani MP onboard MV Alfred.
MV ALFRED NOMINATED FOR SHIP OF THE YEAR
Pentland Ferries is delighted that the MV Alfred has been nominated, in the ferries category, for the new International Cruise and Ferry Review (ICFR) Ship of the Year awards.
This first-ever awards will, according to ICFR, celebrate the game-changing cruise ships and passenger ferries that entered service in 2019: “Over the past couple of months, we’ve received numerous nominations for the new cruise ships, river cruise vessels, ferries and high-speed ferries that have surpassed our readers’ expectations in terms of innovative construction and design, onboard amenities and experiences, and environmental stewardship.”
MV Alfred is one of five ships to make the shortlist in the ferries category, and ICFR is now inviting its readers to vote for the winning vessel via its website.
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. Our team has worked extremely hard to bring the new ship into service, so it is particularly rewarding to be recognised by ICFR for what we have achieved.”
Votes can be submitted between 24 January and 24 February. All submissions will then be reviewed and the winners revealed in each category in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of ICFR, to be published in March 2020.
MV ALFRED MAKES INAUGURAL VOYAGE
The most environmentally-friendly ferry in Scotland, MV Alfred, will enter service on the St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney, to Gills Bay, north east Scotland, route today (Friday 1 November 2019). The ship will leave St Margaret’s Hope on its inaugural trip at 1.00 pm.
Pentland Ferries’ managing director, Andrew Banks, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming passengers on board the ship today. We’re confident that they will love the high quality of the new facilities and the improved capacity onboard.
“From first inception to the start of service has been a particularly long journey, and one that we could not have done without the support of many people along the way, particularly our own dedicated team and family members.
“Our green credentials are very important to us, so we are proud to be introducing a vessel that is particularly low in terms of fuel consumption and emission levels. These efficiencies sit at the centre of a much wider energy-efficient drive by Pentland Ferries, which includes reducing waste, using low energy lighting, recycling, and switching to wind power, wherever possible.
“We know that visitors coming to our islands look for service and facilities of the very highest standard. Increasingly, they are also looking for a service which has the strongest possible environmental credentials. We are very pleased, therefore, to see the MV Alfred delivering all of these qualities and to be, literally, the flagship of a service that is truly breaking new ground on all counts.”
Anyone wishing to travel on the MV Alfred can book their place on the ferry as usual on the Pentland Ferries website, www.pentlandferries.co.uk, or by calling the booking line on +44 (0)800 688 8998.