New operator hunted for ferry route

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featured newsApril four, 2021 at 10:45 amThe Nordic Sea in Kirkwall.
(The Orcadian/Craig Taylor)

Orkney Islands Council is tendering for a brand new operator to run certainly one of Orkney’s shortest common ferry companies, on behalf of Orkney Ferries.

The service, from Pierowall in Westray to Papa Westray, is often operated by a North Isles crew on behalf of Orkney Ferries — however OIC has confirmed the service supplier, Malcolm Brown from Westray is because of retire, leading to a market take a look at for a brand new operator.

The mv Nordic Sea is predicted to turn into the vessel for this service later this yr — however has been present process a close to £500,000 refit in Buckie since January, to arrange her for UK certification as a passenger ferry. The vessel was bought for near £1million to interchange the mv Golden Mariana.

Nonetheless, the procurement course of for the brand new operator is open to the mv Nordic Sea not getting used in any respect.

Jim Buck, OIC harbour grasp and head of marine companies and transportation, stated: “We count on that almost all potential operators would decide to make use of the Nordic Sea on the Westray to Papa Westray service.

“However, to maintain the procurement course of as open as potential, and ensure we’re getting greatest worth, we’re additionally pleased to listen to from potential operators with an curiosity in utilizing an acceptable vessel of their very own on the route.

“We expect that is unlikely, however have been that to occur, the Nordic Sea is a really succesful vessel, and can be used to assist companies elsewhere within the community as a core a part of the general Orkney Ferries’ fleet.”

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Full story on this week’s The Orcadian.

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