'HILDASAY' - WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Hildasay is a 7,606 GT Ro-Ro ferry which was built by Astilleros de Huelva SA, Huelva, Spain in 1999 for the Estonian Shipping Company, Tallinn. During a charter to Crowley Maritime she was renamed Port Everglades Express when the charter ended. In 2005 she was sold to Greece and renamed RR Shield. In 2008 she was sold to Seatruck Ferries, Heysham and renamed Shield. In January 2010 she was chartered to NorthLink Ferries and renamed Hildasay.
She is 122.32 metres long, with a beam of 19.80 metres and a draught of 6.20 metres. With a total of 1,057 metres lane capacity she can carry 88 trailers, with provision for 12 passengers.
The Hildasay is powered by two Wärtsilä 9R32 diesel engines, which produce a total of 7,400 kilowatts (9,900 hp), giving her a speed of 17 knots (31 km/h).
The Vessel entered drydock in Leith in September for some general maintenance to the Stbd Tailshaft.