WESTERLY winds gusting up to 70mph across Shetland have disrupted the islands ferry service to the isle of Bressay.
The service across Lerwick harbour operated by the small ferry Leirna was suspended shortly before noon as the combination of high tide and high wind was making it impossible to berth on the island’s ferry terminal.
Shetland Islands Council said they hoped normal service to resume at tea time when the wind is expected to die down.
The disruption comes at a bad time as Bressay celebrates its 50th Up Helly Aa fire festival on Friday, with a steady procession of visitors wanting to reach the isle.
The ferry from Bressay arrives at Lerwick at 0703, and leaves again at 0715. The Northlink ferry from Aberdeen passes by, 19th August 2010
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THE BRESSAY ferry Leirna is to be given a new lease of life with new engines and propulsion system.
The 21 year old Leirna is already approaching her use-by date, so Shetland Islands Council are taking her out of service for two and a half months to have her re-engined.
VISIT FOR SHETLAND GENEALOGY
Ferry arriving in Shetland. First the Bressay lighthouse, then the Knab cemetery; Anderson High School, then the small boat harbour followed by a ship in the main harbour. Also visible is one of the accommodation barges to help house the huge increase in "Oil industry" related work.
Bressay ferry timetable shetland
When the car ferry first came to Bressay some 40 years ago I seem to remember that, for a time, there were free fares for pedestrians. The logic behind this was that, unlike some other populous islands in Shetland, Bressay did not have a resident doctor or a health centre, secondary school a leisure centre – or a toll-free bridge. To use any of these facilities Bressay people had to travel to Lerwick. As they still do – plus the fact that we no longer have a primary school or a pub.
While it seems unlikely that free fares will ever return, Bressay’s problems could be greatly eased, and more people attracted to live in the island, if we had a tunnel, even a toll tunnel. But tunnels are very expensive and it will be a while, I suspect, before council finances have recovered sufficiently to consider it.
Much more affordable than a tunnel would be a chain ferry operating 20 hours a day. I have repeatedly suggested this over the past 14 years but for some reason councillors refuse to consider it seriously and now treat the suggestion with derision and hilarity. No-one has taken the trouble to visit the successful chain ferry operations at Poole Harbour and Torpoint on the Cornwall-Devon border, although some years ago I provided SIC transport officials with the contact details of people in those companies who were willing to advise us.
The argument that a chain ferry would obstruct Lerwick Harbour’s operations is nonsense, as can be shown by the fact that the three Torpoint chain ferries run back and fore all day across the main channel leading to the Plymouth Royal Naval Dockyard, and the Poole Harbour ferry crosses one of the busiest yachting fairways in Britain.
But I am wasting my breath…
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Bressay, seven minutes by ferry from Lerwick, offers Shetland in miniature – inspiring coastal landscapes, wildlife up close, and sites of historical, natural and adventure interest. Exchange the bustle of town for a friendly rural atmosphere and explore the island that is one of Shetland’s best kept secrets.
Bressay Shetland Ferry Terminal – Bus Times
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