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Orkney
Orkney
Ferries
Ferries
is a Scottish company operating inter-island ferry services in the Orkney
Orkney
Islands.

Contents

1 History 2 Services 3 Fleet 4 Footnotes 5 External links

History[edit] The company is owned by the Orkney
Orkney
Islands Council and was established in 1960 as the Orkney
Orkney
Islands Shipping Company.[1] In 1991, the Orkney
Orkney
Islands Shipping Company acquired a private sector ferry company also called Orkney
Orkney
Ferries, which had been established to compete on the short sea crossing from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney
Orkney
Islands, but which had not succeeded in establishing the route. This company's ferry was assimilated into the inter-island fleet, and in 1995 the Orkney
Orkney
Islands Shipping Company adopted the name Orkney Ferries. Despite this acquisition and change of name, the current Orkney
Orkney
Ferries
Ferries
does not operate services to and from the Scottish mainland, leaving this to other operators such as NorthLink Ferries and Pentland Ferries.[1] Services[edit]

Hoy
Hoy
Head at Lyness

Orkney
Orkney
Ferries
Ferries
operate between the Orkney
Orkney
mainland and thirteen of the smaller islands.[2] Services include:[1][3]

The North Isles service, linking Kirkwall
Kirkwall
on Orkney
Orkney
Mainland to the northern isles of Eday, Stronsay, Sanday, Westray, Papa Westray, and North Ronaldsay. The Shapinsay
Shapinsay
service, linking Kirkwall
Kirkwall
on Orkney
Orkney
Mainland to the northern island of Shapinsay. The Rousay, Egilsay
Egilsay
and Wyre service, linking Tingwall on Orkney Mainland to the northern isles of Rousay, Egilsay
Egilsay
and Wyre. The South Isles service, linking Houton
Houton
on the Orkney
Orkney
Mainland to the southern islands of Hoy
Hoy
and Flotta. The Graemsay
Graemsay
and North Hoy
Hoy
service, linking Stromness
Stromness
on Orkney Mainland to the southern islands of Hoy
Hoy
and Graemsay. The Westray
Westray
to Papa Westray
Westray
service, linking the islands of Westray and Papa Westray

Fleet[edit]

Eynhallow at Tingwall

Thorsvoe at Houton

Orkney
Orkney
Ferries
Ferries
operates a fleet of inter-island vessels, most of which were specially built for service in the islands. The fleet includes:[1][4]

MVs Earl Sigurd and Earl Thorfinn, both built by McTay Marine
McTay Marine
of Bromborough
Bromborough
in 1990. These ferries carry 190 passengers and 25 cars, and are normally used on the North Isles service. MV Varagen, built by Cochrane Shipbuilders of Selby
Selby
in 1988 for the earlier Orkney
Orkney
Ferries, and acquired with the company in 1991. This ferry carries 144 passengers and 32 cars, and is normally used on the North Isles service. MV Shapinsay, built by Yorkshire Drydock of Hull in 1989. This ferry carries 91 passengers and 11 cars, and is normally used on the Shapinsay
Shapinsay
service. MV Thorsvoe, built by Campbeltown
Campbeltown
Shipyard of Campbeltown
Campbeltown
in 1991. This ferry carries 125 passengers and 16 cars, and is used on both the Shapinsay
Shapinsay
and South Isles services. MV Golden Mariana, built by Bideford
Bideford
Shipyard of Bideford
Bideford
in 1973. This passenger ferry carries 40 passengers, and is normally used on the Westray
Westray
to Papa Westray
Westray
service. MV Graemsay, built by Ailsa Shipbuilding Company of Troon
Troon
in 1996. This ferry carries 73 passengers and 1 car, and is normally used on the Graemsay
Graemsay
and North Hoy
Hoy
service. MV Eynhallow, built by Abels Shipbuilders
Abels Shipbuilders
of Bristol
Bristol
in 1987. This ferry carries 95 passengers and 11 cars, and is normally used on the Rousay, Egilsay
Egilsay
and Wyre service. MV  Hoy
Hoy
Head, built by Appledore Shipbuilders
Appledore Shipbuilders
of Appledore in 1994. This ferry carries 125 passengers and 18 cars, and is normally used on the South Isles service.

Footnotes[edit]

^ a b c d Smith, Colin (February 2007). "Northern Crossroads". Ships Monthly. IPC Country & Leisure Media. pp. 21–25.  ^ "Internal Ferries". Orkney
Orkney
Islands Council. Retrieved 2009-07-24. [permanent dead link] ^ "Timetables". Orkney
Orkney
Ferries. Retrieved 11 February 2007.  ^ "The Fleet". Orkney
Orkney
Ferries. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

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Orkney
Ferries.

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Ferries
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