A new £14million mega-ship - deemed the country's most environmentally friendly - arrive in Orkney ahead of serving passengers travelling between the islands and the Scottish mainland.
A cargo boat was left stranded for a week in the Pentland Firth off Caithness after the night-time watch officer was distracted by watching music videos on his mobile phone.
A 79-year-old man has died after falling ill on board a ferry in the north of Scotland.
A £14 million ship bound for service in the north has set sail from Southeast Asia following more than two years of extensive works.
A ferry company has lost its fight at the Court of Session against what it claimed were "unfair" subsidies to operators on northern sailing routes to Orkney and Shetland.
Details of the next contract for the Northern Isles lifeline ferry service have been published by Transport Scotland, but the procurement is facing a legal challenge from Orkney based Pentland Ferries.
Fears have been voiced by a north ferry operator that Scottish Government proposals designed to reduce fares could end up sinking business if it goes wrong.
Bus services to Gills Bay in Caithness are to be maintained by transport operator stagecoach following a public backlash on their decision to abolish the route.
The largest mid-speed catamaran in Europe will be ferrying passengers across the Pentland Firth to meet increased demand.