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Shetlanders petition for Norway ferry link. Shetlanders are lobbying the Scottish government to reinstate the ferry link between the islands and Norway. With the ferry contract to be renewed in 2012, locals want the service resumed due to both economic and cultural ties, and are to petition the Scottish Government. The appeal’s initiator Graham Irvine of Whiteness told Scottish TV (STV) that the ferry line is needed because of the special relationship locals have with Norway.

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Shetlanders petition for Norway ferry link

Published on Monday, 2nd August, 2010 at 09:19 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 18th September 2014 at 23:29.

Shetlanders are lobbying the Scottish government to reinstate the ferry link between the islands and Norway.

NorthLink Ferry to the Orkney Islands (illus. photo)
NorthLink Ferry to the Orkney Islands (illus. photo)
Photo: Brian Forbes/Flickr


With the ferry contract to be renewed in 2012, locals want the service resumed due to both economic and cultural ties, and are to petition the Scottish Government.

The appeal’s initiator Graham Irvine of Whiteness told Scottish TV (STV) that the ferry line is needed because of the special relationship locals have with Norway.

"We have far closer links with Norway than what we have with Scotland. It is such a lack; I have always wondered why French is being taught in school here, when it should be Norwegian, going by our culture and history," he said.

The ferry link from Shetland to Norway used to be served by Smyril Line’s Norröna prior to 2002, and later by P&O Ferries.

Contained in Irvine’s petition is a possible option to implement a commercial ferry on the route. Sailings to Shetland are currently operated by NorthLink

“Sadly the Norröna wasn't commercially viable, but I have every confidence that NorthLink could make a summer sailing schedule work, while keeping the prices realistic without seriously compromising the lifeline service they provide,” he told the Shetland Marine News site.

Irvine also came up with a strategy to make the service financially viable.

"Any profits made on these sailings could be retained by NorthLink to help fund the lifeline service," Irvine declared.

The petition reads: "We, the undersigned, call on the Scottish Government to allow NorthLink to operate a summer sailing season to Norway as previously carried out by P&O.

“We believe this would help retain our social, historical and cultural links with Scandinavia, while promoting social inclusion and helping reopen business and tourism opportunities for our islands.”




Published on Monday, 2nd August, 2010 at 09:19 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 18th September 2014 at 23:29.

This post has the following tags: northlink, shetland, islands, ferry, service, petition, scottish, government, reinstate, cultural, ties, norway, smyril, line, norrroena, po, .





  
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