NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Breakdown Pentland Firth ferry Hamnavoe set to return to service

Image caption Hamnavoe will undergo sea trials on Sunday

The broken-down ferry which was taken off the Orkney to Scrabster service is set to return to service on Tuesday.

It was expected that the Hamnavoe, which sails from Stromness, would be back in service across the Pentland Firth by next Friday.

However, operators Serco NorthLink said it would resume timetabled service on Tuesday, three days earlier than expected, if sea trials on Sunday were successful.

It had suffered a crankshaft failure.

Stuart Garrett, managing director of Serco NorthLink, said: "I would like to thank the engineering team for working tirelessly to ensure this lifeline service is resumed ahead of schedule.

"It was disappointing to have to withdraw the Hamnavoe from service on 26 April after the crankshaft failed.

"We are confident the engineering works required to return the vessel to service will be completed over the weekend and we look forward to having the Hamnavoe back in Stromness in time for the Orkney Folk festival next week."

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