NorthLink Freight ship, MV Helliar docked in Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney


NorthLink Ferries Freight department will help with transporting livestockNorthern Isles Freight and Livestock Services

Our ships are designed to carry loads of varying size, from cars to over-sized heavy goods vehicles, live animals and fish, temperature-controlled foodstuffs, dangerous goods, containers, heavy lift equipment and project cargoes.

Serving the Northern Isles since 2002, NorthLink Ferries have seen substantial growth in the transport of commercial goods and vehicles, and have continually developed the number of services offered.

Abnormal LoadsLorries on the NorthLink freight ship

Our passenger vessels have a height clearance of at least 4.4m, and are capable of carrying loads up to 14 tonnes per axle.

MV Hildasay and MV Helliar, our specialist freight vessels, have a height clearance of 5.0m and are capable of carrying 17.5 tonnes per axle. Both freight vessels also feature an open weather deck to carry large or out-sized cargo.

Forklift on the Freight shipWide loads are accepted to Orkney and Shetland with a width restriction of up to 8.0m on our freight vessels. Please note that vehicles/trailers more than 2.6m in width are subject to a 50% surcharge.

We can offer a fully flexible solution to your over-sized or abnormal load, with experience in dealing with shipping logistics for the Oil, Gas and Renewable sectors Orkney and Shetland.

Check our Vessel Statistics for more information.

Please note: commercial bookings must be made by phone – call 0845 6060 449 or 0845 6000 449

If you have any queries regarding our freight services please contact our freight services department on 0845 6060 449 or email our

Freight Department Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 07:30 – 17:30

Saturday: 08:30 – 16:00
Terberg at Hatston, OrkneyAerial view of the NorthLink freight ship docked in Aberdeen

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