Orkney Ferries is a Scottish company operating inter-island ferry services in the Orkney Islands.
History [ edit ]
The company is owned by the
Orkney Islands Council and was established in 1960 as the Orkney Islands Shipping Company. 
In 1991, the Orkney Islands Shipping Company acquired a private sector ferry company also called Orkney Ferries, which had been established to compete on the short sea crossing from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands, but which had not succeeded in establishing the route. This company's ferry was assimilated into the inter-island fleet, and in 1995 the Orkney Islands Shipping Company adopted the name Orkney Ferries. Despite this acquisition and change of name, the current Orkney Ferries does not operate services to and from the Scottish mainland, leaving this to other operators such as
NorthLink Ferries and Pentland Ferries. 
Services [ edit ]
Orkney Ferries operate between the
Orkney mainland and thirteen of the smaller islands. Services include:   
North Isles service, linking Kirkwall on Orkney Mainland to the northern isles of Eday, Stronsay, Sanday, Westray, Papa Westray, and North Ronaldsay. The
Shapinsay service, linking Kirkwall on Orkney Mainland to the northern island of Shapinsay. The
Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre service, linking Tingwall on Orkney Mainland to the northern isles of Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre. The
South Isles service, linking Houton on the Orkney Mainland to the southern islands of Hoy and Flotta. The
Graemsay and North Hoy service, linking Stromness on Orkney Mainland to the southern islands of Hoy and Graemsay. The
Westray to Papa Westray service, linking the islands of Westray and Papa Westray
Orkney Ferries operates a fleet of inter-island vessels, most of which were specially built for service in the islands. The fleet includes:
and Earl Sigurd , both built by Earl Thorfinn McTay Marine of Bromborough in 1990. These ferries carry 190 passengers and 25 cars, and are normally used on the North Isles service.
MV , built by Varagen Cochrane Shipbuilders of Selby in 1988 for the earlier Orkney Ferries, and acquired with the company in 1991. This ferry carries 144 passengers and 32 cars, and is normally used on the North Isles service.
MV , built by Shapinsay Yorkshire Drydock of Hull in 1989. This ferry carries 91 passengers and 11 cars, and is normally used on the Shapinsay service.
MV , built by Thorsvoe Campbeltown Shipyard of Campbeltown in 1991. This ferry carries 125 passengers and 16 cars, and is used on both the Shapinsay and South Isles services.
MV , built by Golden Mariana Bideford Shipyard of Bideford in 1973. This passenger ferry carries 40 passengers, and is normally used on the Westray to Papa Westray service.
MV , built by Graemsay Ailsa Shipbuilding Company of Troon in 1996. This ferry carries 73 passengers and 1 car, and is normally used on the Graemsay and North Hoy service.
MV , built by Eynhallow Abels Shipbuilders of Bristol in 1987. This ferry carries 95 passengers and 11 cars, and is normally used on the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre service.
MV , built by Hoy Head Appledore Shipbuilders of Appledore in 1994. This ferry carries 125 passengers and 18 cars, and is normally used on the South Isles service.
^ a b c d Smith, Colin (February 2007). "Northern Crossroads". Ships Monthly (IPC Country & Leisure Media). pp. 21–25.
^ "Internal Ferries". Orkney Islands Council . Retrieved . 2009-07-24
^ "Timetables". Orkney Ferries . Retrieved . February 11, 2007
^ "The Fleet". Orkney Ferries . Retrieved . 2010-10-09
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