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P&O Considering Shetland - Scandinavia Route?

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Well at least P&O are making the right noises, I wonder if their interest in any new route might be tied in with them winning back the Northern Isles contract?

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Mr MacDonald suggests a lot of things and has raised this subject for as long as he’s been a politician,as a Scot I would love to see this happen but I’m not holding my breath.

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I would love it to happen but Mr Yousafs list of  things “he’s looking at” is longer than the route (including a bypass for the town I live in ,I’m not holding my breath on that one either).

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P&O were also interested in bidding for the Portland to Nova Scotia route and that came to nothing. I don't think they actually ended up submitting a tender document for the contract. Perhaps this time it will be different. Let's hope so.

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To be honest they've only really not said no.  Its a bit of a nothing story really that just happens to suit the agenda of the politician concerned.  “We are always looking for new opportunities and would be happy to sit down with the relevant parties to discuss a route between Scotland and Scandinavia.” means just that, they are willing to listen to what is being said.  

I wouldn't get the champagne out just yet, even if they decided to run such a service they have a lot of obstacles to overcome.  Not least vessels, berths, and passenger facilities.  These things take years to come to fruition and by the sounds of things the groundwork hasn't even been done yet.  P&O have other things to worry about at the moment, such as their current fleet!

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The tender for the Northern Isles will not happen before 2019, after Brexit and if the unions and the Scotish Gov. can avoid tendering, I feel sure they will.  I think personally Serco will remain the operator for the foreseeable future, unless they decide they don't want it

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But did P&O tender for it last time? I got the impression they were still keen on getting these routes back, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I have wanted to try Aberdeen-Lerwick for some time but the prices do seem very steep, especially when you consider what else you could do/where else you could go for similar money.

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