The blustery weather is expected to last until tomorrow morning. However the Hrossey was on time for Lerwick this morning, coming north by the lee of Orkney, and the Hjaltland was on time for Aberdeen. The cargo boats are not expected to restart sailing until tomorrow.
The Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay has stressed that the responsibility for internal ferries remained with the local authority and that Scottish Government funding for internal ferry services was not in the budget plans at present.
The deputy first minister John Swinney has backed his suggestion made in the Scottish parliament that consumers should consider flexing their muscles by avoiding firms guilty of the practice of making surcharges on parcels to islands areas, like Shetland, and the more remote areas of mainland Scotland.
The coastguard in Shetland has reported an incident just north-east of Aberdeen where the 16 metre Fraserburgh registered scallop boat Radiant broke down. There were four people on board. The Aberdeen lifeboat was launched on service to tow the Radiant into Aberdeen.