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The North Boat (Northlink ferries)


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Where should the North Boat dock?  

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  1. 1. Where should the North Boat dock?

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  • 3 weeks later...
Guest willz320
Anyone got any idea what this message on the northlink site is about
Please note: NorthLink Ferries online bookings for journeys after 1st May will be provisional and will be confirmed by email within 24 hours
http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/booking.html

 

They are upgrading their booking system online, so travel after the start of May isn't confirmed until they reply - usually within 24 hours. But thats only for a short time until their new system is online - which will be much better! :)

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I hope they manage to tell the difference between a car and caravan and a 7.5 tonne lorry with a trailer then!

 

More then once I have booked 12 meterd of lorry and trailer and turned up to a lot of head scratching , wailing and gnashing of gums as they were expecting a car and caravan!

 

Time will tell, time will tell.

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Guest willz320
More then once I have booked 12 meterd of lorry and trailer and turned up to a lot of head scratching

 

The online system is for passenger bookings only - freight bookings should be made on 0845 6060 449 at their Orkney office.

 

If anything - it would save yourself hassle at the port.

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More then once I have booked 12 meterd of lorry and trailer and turned up to a lot of head scratching

 

The online system is for passenger bookings only - freight bookings should be made on 0845 6060 449 at their Orkney office.

 

If anything - it would save yourself hassle at the port.

 

That's what she (and me) does! We phone the freight Dept, book in the lorry and trailer, arrive at the port only to be told we are freight, no we are under passengers, no we are under freight/passengers/freight...... I could go on. Then the man comes out the tape-measure, scratches his head and then finds a different list and locates us!!! Happened more than once both ends and all ends blame Orkney Head Office!

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In this day and age of high fuel prices it's kind of strange that NorthLink still are bombing out of Lerwick & Kirkwall at 23+knots.

 

Hell bent on getting down to Aberdeen for 7am is all well and good but most of the time their in past the breakwaters at 6.20am.

 

Now aint that kind of stupid?

 

What is the fuel bill like at this moment in time? It must be astronomical!

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Yeah but wee need the ferry too be in aberdeen for 7am dosnt that make life a lot eaiser? u can get first train, bus, flights??

 

plus with aberdeen harbour it takes some time too get a ship that size tied up thats why they are at the breakwater at 6.20 also aberdeen is a very busy port and slots for getting into harbour are limited although i know northlink get pirorty over the offshore vessels.

 

ferry service is very good actually ok costs are high but look at cal macs service too the west coast is awful! very costly!! 45quid for a car the same run as whalsay!!! we are lucky!!

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So if the ferries don't "bomb" out of the harbour what do they do? They certainly do on a Mon, Wed, Fri....29mph on the land does seem slow, however in relative terms applying the same speed to water makes that fairly fast.

 

All i was suggesting was it's crazy to have these uneconomical ferries ( that was the finding in a seperate independent report) racing down burning fuel when quite frankly other companies such as Stena Line with their HSS on the Irish sea are cutting their speed to save fuel consumption.

 

Yes it's a luxury to get into Aberdeen for 7am, P&O were not far behind if you remember something like 7.45ish. So does the amount of fuel burned during the passage down justify a saving of 45mins?

 

Kirkwall is reached at night when apart from a few weeks either side of the longest day you see absolutely nothing bar a few flashing lighthouses!

Thats not exactly tourist friendly in my eyes and it's not just them, locals hardly are exstatic at getting there at that time too....is the quick 6 hour dash down or up worth it for a 45 or sometimes less call?.....

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