Isles of Scilly Link

The air and sea links between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly are the ‘lifeline’ for the communities and businesses of Scilly.

The sea link provides transport for the majority of freight and over 80,000 passengers to and from the Isles, a lower cost option for passengers and an alternative for air passengers when flights are cancelled.

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The existing vessel, Scillonian III, was a bespoke build with a shallow (2.9m) draft and was designed to sit on the seabed when there is insufficient depth of water to remain afloat.

In order to safeguard the future of the sea link, harbour improvements are proposed at St Mary’s and Penzance to create deeper water berths which will improve the likelihood of the private sector continuing to operate the service. Without harbour improvements, it is unlikely that an affordable vessel would be identified.

Cornwall Council is promoting the scheme as the Local Transport Authority in partnership with the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Penzance Town Council, Duchy of Cornwall, Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

Please follow the link to view our press realease about the Final piece of funding package for improvements to St Mary's and Penzance harbours.