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Hamnavoe Returns With Replacement Stabilizer

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

The NorthLink ro-ro ferry MV Hamnavoe is returning to service earlier than expected after completion of a stabilizer repair in dry-dock.

Hamnavoe left for repair in Birkenhead at the end of last month and was expected to be away for nearly two weeks. The port stabilizer has been replaced much more quickly than scheduled and the vessel is now on her way back to Stromness to begin operations with the 0630 sailing on Wednesday 11th March.

Problems affecting Hamnavoe's port stabilizer emerged last autumn and plans were put in place to have the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi manufacture a replacement and have it delivered to the repair yard in Birkenhead.

During Hamnavoe's absence from the Pentland Firth route, the service was taken up by MV Hjaltland which will now redeploy to her normal run on the Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick route. She will re-enter service on that route on Wednesday 11th march with the scheduled 1730 departure from Lerwick sailing to Kirkwall and Aberdeen.

NorthLink chief executive Bill Davidson said: "We're delighted to welcome Hamnavoe back into service and I'm sure those who use our Pentland Firth service on a regular basis will be glad to see an old friend return as well.

"There has been significant disruption during her enforced absence - not just to Pentland Firth users but also, because of Hjaltland's redeployment from the longer run, to our passengers on the Aberdeen to Shetland route. I'd like to thank customers for the patience and understanding while Hamnavoe was away for repair."

With Hamnavoe's earlier than expected return to service the normal daily service between Aberdeen and Lerwick will be restored as of Thursday 12th March.