The first two of Havila Voyages’ four new coastal ships are in the water Photo: Havila Voyages
The first two of Havila Voyages’ four new coastal ships have launched at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey.
Havila Voyages has an agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Transport to operate four of the eleven ships that sail the classic coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes from 2021 to 2030.
“It will be good to start providing people living along the coast and tourists with safe transport and environmentally-friendly sailing on the world’s most beautiful coastal voyage,” said Arild Myrvoll, chief executive of Havila Kystruten.
The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the launch but it is hoped that delivery will take place during the first quarter of 2021.
Havila Voyages has received approval for two replacement vessels, but the demand for the coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes is currently uncertain and the need for capacity at the start of the new contract on 1 January 2021 is under evaluation.
Arild Myrvoll remains optimistic. “We are pleased to note that there is a lot of interest in Havila Voyages from travel agencies and tour operators. We are in great demand and are looking forward to getting going,” he said.
The ships run on LNG, cutting CO2 emissions by 25% compared to traditional propulsion, and also have the world’s largest battery packs meaning they can sail for up to four hours emission and noise-free.