Orkney Ferries News

Operational News

UPDATE - Disruption to this afternoons ONI sailings

2/4/2020 13:20

Master of Earl Sigurd has just confirmed this afternoon’s East Side sailing will go ahead and sail at the scheduled time of 15:00

Disruption to afternoons ONI sailings 2nd April 2020

2/4/2020 10:00

Due to adverse forecast weather for this afternoon, there are disruptions to ONI sailings as follows:

• 13:00 sailing Kirkwall/Westray/Kirkwall has been cancelled.

• 15:00 East Side is under review, a decision will be made at 13:00.

Possible disruptions Thursday 2nd April

1/4/2020 11:50

Due to the forecasted weather and sea conditions for Thursday 2nd April, sailings on all routes will be under review for the day. If any cancellations/amendments to sailings are made, updates will be made and publicised as appropriate to the sailing(s) affected.

Disruptions to Outer North Isles sailings 2nd April 2020

1/4/2020 11:20

Due to the weather conditions on Thursday 2nd April there are disruptions to the following Outer North Isles sailings.

• 07:20 Westray sailing cancelled.

• 07:40 East side sailing cancelled.

• 13:00 Westray sailing under review.

• 15:00 East Side sailing under review.

COVID 19 - PrePaid Travel

27/3/2020 07:00

From Friday 27 /03/2020 All non account customers wishing to travel must contact the office and make payment before travel to reduce contact between customers and stewards on board vessels.

Payment can be made by Credit/Debit Card. Vessels will be advised of the details of Passengers who have paid to travel. We will continue to accept Travel cards, Multi Journey tickets and there will be no change to processes for Account holders.

Customers are reminded that following on from the government’s guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential and remain in their primary residence.

Our Offices in Kirkwall, Houton and Tingwall will be available for telephone calls 9am – 1pm and 2pm - 5pm Monday to Friday, there will be no access to the Public. All offices will be closed at the weekend.

Outer North Isle - Reduced Service Timetable from 27h March 2020

26/3/2020 11:55

From Friday 27th March 2020 the Outer North Isles service will now be running on a reduced service timetable. Full details can be found HERE

REW - Reduced Service Timetable

26/3/2020 11:20

From Friday 27th March 2020 the Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre service will now be running on a reduced service timetable. Full details can be found HERE

Houton - Reduced Service Timetable 27th March 2020

25/3/2020 15:45

From Friday 27th March 2020 the Houton service will now be running on a reduced service timetable. Full details can be found HERE

Graemsay reduced service timetable 26th March 2020

25/3/2020 11:56

From the 26th March 2020 the Graemsay service will now be running on a reduced service timetable. Full details can be found HERE

Restricted travel to only non essential travel.

23/3/2020 09:00

Following Sundays Ministerial announcement with regards to Orkney residents and essential travel only and now, today, the Prime Ministers, instruction to ‘stay at home’, it is crucial that the policy for the carriage of passengers on our internal ferry and air service matches the national need to minimise the amount of movement of people. To this end, Travel and Transport will be entirely focused on the need to protect and support the NHS and on the need to provide the logistics and emergency and repair activities to enable people to remain safe, sheltered, fed, healthy and, where required, supported and cared for. Restrictions on travel and transport and the associated timetable changes and those required to be at their normal place of work will be imposed shortly.

To this end, the policy for the carriage of people on our ferries and air services are to very firmly restrict it to:

Isles residents travelling to and from their isles place of residence.

• Daily travel should be discouraged unless the individual is a Key Worker (ferries; emergency services or ferry/pier staff).

• Travelling to stay or be with or to visit relatives is discouraged unless it is to provide care for them.

• Travel for shopping is discouraged as the on isles shop should be used – supplying such shops will be a priority.

Health and care workers travelling to the isles to provide urgent medical and care duties.

Essential repair workers for repair tasks crucial to the wellbeing, safety and shelter of residents.

• Examples are heating repairs, electrical safety and making IN USE dwellings weathertight

Essential repairs for public services including water, electricity, phone and internet provision and critical repairs to roads and essential/emergency vehicles.

Those involved in the production of food for immediate consumption.

Those involved in essential logistics for stocks about to run out (fuel; food; animal feed) and essential waste collection.

Vets on emergency call outs

Those travelling are to provide, when asked, for evidence of place of residence if an isles resident. For all others, letters of proof of tasks from their employers/company or evidence of the defect repair to be undertaken must be provided at the time of booking.

Travel will be refused for all other reasons including routine maintenance, construction, inspections, surveys, training, non critical repairs etc

Where Orkney Ferries rejects travel, customers should be assured that the decision has not been taken lightly and been taken with these guidelines firmly in mind. Orkney Ferries will not be held responsible for the consequences of any decision to refuse travel.

Revised ONI timetable

21/3/2020 10:40

Due to the current constraints in society, ONI vessels will not overnight in Stronsay on a Tuesday and Thursday for the foreseeable future. As such, a new temporary timetable has been published on Here

Any inconvenience to traveller is regretted.

Shapinsay - Reduced service timetable

17/3/2020 08:25

From the 26th March 2020 service will now be running on a reduced service timetable. Full details can be found HERE


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