Any island destination is reliant on its lifeline freight and passenger links and Orkney is no exception. There are daily freight and passenger services to Stromness from the Scottish mainland, www.northlinkferries.co.uk and almost daily freight and passenger freight and passenger services from Aberdeen. www.streamlineshippinggroup.com

Dry containerised goods and livestock form the majority of imports and exports to and from Orkney and many local businesses rely heavily on reliable and regular freight services.