Transport provider NorthLink signs up to sponsor Tall Ships

March 1st 2023

Ferry operator NorthLink has come on board as one of the sponsors for this summer’s Tall Ships in Lerwick.

The transport provider is offering discounted fares to support crew changes for ships that have crew members who are either joining or leaving their vessel in Lerwick.

The scale of the four-day event, taking place from 26-29 July, means a significant volume of production equipment as well as people will need to be transported to Shetland and NorthLink is also supporting that effort in its role as official transport provider to the event.

Shetland Tall Ships Ltd project manager Emma Miller said the organisers were very thankful to have secured NorthLink’s invaluable assistance.

“Staging an event of this size in Shetland involves significant logistical challenges and NorthLink has been absolutely fantastic in helping us to coordinate the movement of all the event infrastructure that needs to be brought in,” she said.

As the operator of the islands’ lifeline ferry service, NorthLink performs a vitally important role in connecting Shetland to the wider world. Its maritime connections extend to having a staff member who has benefited greatly from the sail training experience connected to the Tall Ships event.

The company’s marine superintendent, Amber Johnson, took part in sail training in the summer of 2010 prior to beginning a career in the merchant navy.

She said: "I'm really pleased that NorthLink is supporting the event. It is of massive importance for Shetland to have so many folk coming to visit our islands and enjoy the magnificent Tall Ships spectacle."

Amber, who attributes her passion for seafaring to her Unst upbringing, has worked her way up through the ranks since returning to Shetland to join NorthLink in 2014.

She thoroughly recommends sail training, open to anyone aged 15-25, to young people with a whole range of backgrounds and interests.

"A lot of young people will never have been to sea, and many will never have worked and lived in such an enclosed environment as part of a team," Amber said.

"It teaches you how to get on with people who may be completely different to you, working towards a shared goal while having fun along the way and making friendships that can last your whole life.

"It might inspire folk to go to sea as it did with me, but the wider life skills you learn is the important bit. I can't underestimate the development you can get in such a short space of time."

Latest News

May 24th, 2023
Scottish Water turns on the taps for Tall Ships

SCOTTISH Water has been confirmed as the latest company to pledge its support for this summer’s Tall Ships Races.

May 18th, 2023
Join us - Job Opportunities

Shetland Tall Ships Ltd are seeking a number of people to work with the event team to deliver safe and enjoyable access to the Tall Ships fleet, entertainment programme and event sites during the four day spectacular in July.

May 17th, 2023
Take a seat – Bridges volunteers building benches for Tall Ships

YOUNG folk involved with the Bridges Project are busying themselves building 15 picnic benches and two giant deckchairs for use during this summer’s Tall Ships event in Lerwick.

May 11th, 2023
GAC Shetland unveiled as latest Tall Ships sponsor

THE SHETLAND arm of global shipping & logistics firm GAC is to handle customs clearance for all vessels visiting Lerwick for this summer’s Tall Ships Races as one of the event’s sponsors.

May 3rd, 2023
Thousands of tickets for Tall Ships concerts set to go on sale

Music lovers will be able to get their hands on tickets for the largest-scale live events to take place in Shetland for over a decade when the Tall Ships concert programme goes on sale next Friday.

April 19th, 2023
Tall Ships to offer a wide array of family attractions

THE organisers of this summer’s Tall Ships Races in Lerwick have unveiled an action-packed family programme including fairground attractions, circus performers, educational activities, facepainting, children’s stories – and a guest appearance from an infamously wayward pirate.

April 12th, 2023
Tall Ships attracts sponsorship from SSEN

SSEN Distribution has signed on as a “Cadet’s Deck” sponsor for this summer’s Tall Ships Lerwick event.

April 7th, 2023
Queen II confirmed as finale concert headliners

THE final night of festivities at this summer’s Tall Ships event in Lerwick will be rounded off by a Queen tribute band.

March 29th, 2023
Unst space port gives its backing to Tall Ships

SAXAVORD Spaceport is the latest Shetland business to pledge its support as a sponsor for this summer’s Tall Ships Races in Lerwick. The company, which is aiming to launch its first satellite into space later this year, has come on board as a Cadet’s Deck sponsor for the four-day event.

March 22nd, 2023
TotalEnergies confirmed as Tall Ships host port sponsor

ENERGY company TotalEnergies is the latest firm to be confirmed as one of the host port sponsors for this summer’s Tall Ships Races. The company will be providing volunteers from within its own staff to help deliver the event, which stops in Lerwick from 26-29 July.

March 8th, 2023
Peat & Diesel named as second Tall Ships headline act

STORNOWAY musical sensations Peat & Diesel have been unveiled as the second main headliner for this summer’s Tall Ships Races in Lerwick.

February 10th, 2023
Tide Lines confirmed as a headline act for Tall Ships

One of Scotland’s leading young rock bands has been unveiled as the first headliner for this summer’s Tall Ships Races in Lerwick.

January 25th, 2023
Calling all Traders

Shetland Tall Ships Ltd is inviting applications from traders who would like to sell goods at the Tall Ships Races event in Lerwick this summer. Stall spaces will be made available at Albert Wharf and Holmsgarth for the sale of goods, or for the promotion of a business or organisation.

January 13th, 2023
First Music Acts Revealed

Top Scottish instrumental folk group, The Peatbog Faeries; Shetland's own Fiddler's Bid and The Revellers; and a New Orleans-style brass band are among the first music acts to be announced as part of the amazing music line-up for this summer's Tall Ships event in Lerwick.

January 11th, 2023
Still time to sign up to volunteer for the Tall Ships

THERE is still time for anyone interested in being a volunteer at the Tall Ships this summer to get involved. Shetland Tall Ships Ltd. is still looking to recruit VIP liaison officers, stewards, marshals and event information advisors for the four-day event, running from 26-29 July.

January 11th, 2023
Grampian Training Services appointed to provide first aid cover

SHETLAND Tall Ships Ltd has appointed Grampian Training Services to provide first aid cover at this summer’s four-day event in Lerwick. There are currently no commercial first aid services available in the islands following a decision by the Red Cross to discontinue its provision a few years ago.

December 7th, 2022
Ocean Kinetics confirmed as Tall Ships sponsor

ONE of the key players in Shetland’s marine industry, Ocean Kinetics, has been confirmed as a sponsor for next summer’s Tall Ships event in Lerwick.

November 30th, 2022
Harbours confirmed for Cruise in Company event

SEVERAL Scottish locations have been confirmed as guest harbours for a 2023 Cruise in Company event ahead of next summer’s Tall Ships Races arriving in Lerwick.

November 23rd, 2022
More vessels sign up for Tall Ships following valuable conference trip

A DELEGATION from Shetland Tall Ships Ltd recently attended the Sail Training International conference in Las Palmas to present plans for the event in Lerwick next summer.

November 9th, 2022
Caterers wanted to put local produce at heart of Tall Ships event

THE ORGANISERS of next summer’s Tall Ships Races are appealing to local catering and bar providers to come forward and ensure the event showcases the very best of Shetland’s local produce.

November 2nd, 2022
Additional call for Tall Ships liaison officers

THE ORGANISERS of next summer’s Tall Ships have issued an additional appeal for volunteers interested in becoming a liaison officer for the four-day event ahead of next week’s deadline for applications.

October 18th, 2022
Creative Content and Online Streaming Service Providers Sought

Event Broadcasting Services … Shetland Tall Ships Ltd are seeking Expressions of Interest from suppliers with the ability to provide an online broadcasting service, including live and pre-recorded content from event sites in July 2023.

October 11th, 2022
Granite Elite appointed to provide security services

Aberdeen-based company Granite Elite, which was founded in 2019, has provided security at events including the Scottish Traditional Boat Show in Portsoy, the Royal Deeside Motor Show, the Highland Games, various Pride events in the north east of Scotland and local music festivals.

October 3rd, 2022
Your chance to play a part in delivering a successful Tall Ships event

THE ORGANISERS of the Shetland leg of next summer’s Tall Ships Races have this week launched a community-wide effort to recruit more than 150 volunteers. Shetland Tall Ships Ltd.

September 28th, 2022
Appeal for businesses to come forward to support Tall Ships

THE organisers for next year’s visit of the Tall Ships Races to Lerwick are appealing for local businesses interested in supporting the event to come forward. The races, which stop off in Lerwick between 26-29 July 2023, will be the biggest event staged in Shetland for more than a decade.

September 21st, 2022
Steady stream of vessels sign up early for Tall Ships Races

SIXTEEN vessels from eight different nations have signed up to participate in next summer’s Tall Ships Races. Lerwick is one of the host ports for the 2023 event, traditionally one of the highlights of the global sailing calendar, and it is hoped that around 50 ships will ultimately take part.

August 24th, 2022
Chief Liaison Officer Appointed

SHETLAND Tall Ships has appointed retired police officer Martyn Brill as Chief Liaison Officer for the races’ visit to Lerwick next summer.

August 17th, 2022
Malakoff signs up to help deliver a safe Tall Ships Event

Back l-r - Ryan Stevenson & Ewen Hutcheson and Front l-r Leah Cumming, Jessie Szego, Emma Miller … LONG-RUNNING local engineering firm Malakoff has been confirmed as a major sponsor for next year’s Tall Ships.

August 12th, 2022
NB to promote Tall Ships event

The organisers of next summer’s Tall Ships event in Lerwick have awarded the contract to provide marketing and PR services for the four-day event to local firm NB Communication, who have agreed to provide a proportion of the service as an in-kind sponsorship contribution.

August 10th, 2022
Catering Suppliers Sought

Shetland Tall Ships Ltd are seeking a number of catering suppliers for contracted and public service provision.

July 26th, 2022
SSE Renewables Sponsorship Announced

Shetland Tall Ships Ltd is delighted to announce that SSE Renewables is a Host Port sponsor of Tall Ships Lerwick 2023. SSE Renewables becomes an Admiral’s Deck Sponsor for the event, which includes company sponsorship of the Main Stage at the Holmsgarth event site.

July 19th, 2022
Tall Ships Event Visit

Shetland delegates visit the Netherlands to meet teams taking part in Tall Ships Races 2023. The countdown to Tall Ships Races 2023 continues to gather pace as delegates from Shetland Tall Ships Ltd travelled to Harlingen (Netherlands) at the weekend to experience this year’s event in action.

July 15th, 2022
Security, Merchandise & Cruise in Company Roles Available

There are further opportunities for businesses and individuals to play a role in the delivery of the Tall Ships Races event in Lerwick with 2 new roles and a commercial opportunity on offer.

July 9th, 2022
One Year to Go - Launch Event

Launch event to be held in Shetland Museum and Archives auditorium, 1pm-8pm Tuesday 26th July. Potential sponsors and volunteers invited to find out more exciting opportunities. Chance for public to share photos, films and memories of previous Tall Ships events.

July 6th, 2022
Salmon Companies Support for Lerwick Tall Ships Event

l-r David Brown, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Regional Manager; Emma Miller, Shetland Tall Ships Ltd Project Manager; Grant Cumming…

May 16th, 2022
Online Launch for Shetland Tall Ships Planning

Organisers of the Tall Ships Races visit to Lerwick in 2023 have today launched a new website and range of social media platforms. This will enable the public to find out more about the event and engage with plans ahead of the Tall Ships fleet returning next summer.

May 4th, 2022
Join Our Team

Shetland Tall Ships are currently recruiting for three exciting new opportunities to join the Lerwick Tall Ships team in the planning for next year's event.

March 18th, 2022
Tall Ships Experiences for Young Adventurers this Summer

Applications are being invited for young people to sign up to Taster Day … Sails and 2022 Tall Ships adventures onboard Swan this summer.

December 17th, 2021
Arendal joins the Tall Ships Races 2023

'Gloria' leaving Lerwick Harbour in the Parade of Sail in 2011Shetland Tall Ships Limited is delighted to share the news from Tall Ships Races International, a subsidiary of Sail Training International, that Arendal has been confirmed as the fifth Host Port of The Tall Ships Races 2023.

September 14th, 2021
Project Manager Appointed

Emma Miller has been appointed by Shetland Tall Ships Limited as Project Manager for Lerwick’s role in the Tall Ships Races 2023. With past experience culminating in launching Réalta Events Management in 2017…

May 11th, 2021
Tall Ships Races to return to Lerwick in 2023

Lerwick has been selected for the third time to be a host port for the spectacular Tall Ships Races.

View all posts