As reported in an earlier press release, the last one on 9th of May 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected a dispensation application concerning insurance of the ship, even though Havila Kystruten had been granted a dispensation to operate the ship for a period of 6 months.
“We are constantly working to find a temporary solution to put Havila Capella back in schedule. At the same time, we are working on a permanent solution which means that we take ownership of the ship”, explains CEO Bent Martini.
“This is a demanding situation for us, and it is difficult to estimate on how long this will take”.
The next planned tour for Havila Capella is scheduled to depart on Thursday 26 May at 20.30 from Bergen, and the voyage has now been canceled.
“As we do not have a solution ready today, we have no choice but to cancel the next round trip. It is very unfortunate, first and foremost for all our guests, but also for our company”, Martini concludes.
Who is Havila Voyages?
Havila Voyages is a new Norwegian shipping company offering a more environmental responsible way to explore the Norwegian coast.
The company will be operating four brand new ships as part of a ten-year contract with the Norwegian Government to sail the coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes. The twelve-day return voyage visits 34 different ports sailing through narrow fjords & open seas and travels high up into the Arctic Circle.
The large battery packs fitted to each ship will allow them to sail through the fjords and other vulnerable areas for up to four hours at a time – quietly and emission free. The batteries will then be charged in one of the numerous ports along the route, using clean hydropower.
The new ships showcase a modern & stylish Nordic design and offer 179 spacious cabins, ranging from ten to 45 square meters.
The on-board culinary experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the trip, with menus reflecting Norway’s culinary traditions and using the highest quality Norwegian produce.