Members of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) (UK) joined NorthLink Ferries Managing Director Stuart Garrett and Freight Manager Kris Bevan on board the firm’s MV Hrossey in Aberdeen for a special event.

The visit was a chance for key logistics and transport professionals in Aberdeen and the North East to learn about the innovative changes that have been introduced to the service since 2012, when Serco began managing the lifeline passenger and freight service to the Northern Isles.

The event included a tour of the vessel facilities and an opportunity for CILT (UK) members to find out more about the success of the firm’s freight, logistics and livestock operation.

Paul Finch, Scottish Committee Member and organiser of the CILT (UK) event, said: “NorthLink is seen as an important element of Aberdeen’s transport network by key businesses in the North East. The event was a chance for the local industry to learn about the service, and it was clear that many hadn’t appreciated the sheer variety of the operation, the new innovations to the service, and the regularity of the service.”

Kris Bevan, Freight Manager for NorthLink Ferries, added: “Working with the CILT (UK) and taking part in these events offers member businesses an opportunity to learn best practice, make connections and develop their own logistics offering. We were delighted to be able to share our experience in growing the NorthLink Ferries service, and are confident that the relationships that were formed during the event will lead to positive future discussions.”

NorthLink Ferries managing a complex mix of cargo including RORO, containerised, live animal and over-sized heavy goods vehicles across its two dedicated freight vessels and three passenger vessels to the Northern Isles.

For more information please contact the dedicated freight customer service centre on 0845 6060 449 or email


About NorthLink Ferries:

Providing a scheduled lifeline passenger and freight service to the Northern Isles, NorthLink Ferries operates throughout the year with the MV Hamnavoe operating to Orkney on the Pentland Firth and MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey sailing to Orkney and Shetland from Aberdeen. MV Hildasay and MV Helliar provide freight services to both Shetland and Orkney.

NorthLink Ferries has offices in Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stromness. Ships are well-appointed with comfortable lounges, bars and dining facilities. Menus and retail outlets feature a wide variety of local produce. On board the vessels there are bars, entertainment facilities and an array of accommodation choices from reclining seats to comfortable sleeping pods and a range of cabin options.

Serco has operated NorthLink Ferries since July 2012.

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