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Plan for Shetland and Norway link

Lerwick [Pic: Undiscovered Scotland]
The Lerwick service could be running as early as November

Plans to run a freight ferry service linking Norway with Shetland, mainland Scotland and Europe are under way.

BBC Scotland can reveal a contract, subject to European funding, has been awarded to a Shetland business to run the service with two ships.

One will operate between Norway, Rosyth and Zeebrugge and the other between Norway and Lerwick, with connections to Orkney, Aberdeen and Scrabster.

The aim is to shift significant volumes of freight from road to sea.

The new services could be up and running as early as November.


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