Havila Voyages second ship, ‘Havila Castor’, will start operating from Bergen on 10th May, a month later than planned.
She was originally due to start operating on 7th April. She is being built at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey, where the vessel is currently unable to carry out sea trials, due to challenges with an electric motor, the company confirmed.
Havila Kystruten CEO, Bent Martini, commented “I apologise to those passengers who have been looking forward to exploring the Norwegian coast on ‘Havila Castor’. We very much look forward to welcoming them on board in future and are contacting them to discuss an alternative voyage.”
Martini claimed that Havila’s first ship, ‘Havila Capella’, was well received and that both vessels are now almost fully booked throughout the summer season.
“We have had a lot of feedback from satisfied guests who are enjoying the good food and large cabins and appreciate the ship’s large windows showcasing the regions she sails through. They are also giving us positive comments about the high standard of service and comfortable accommodation on board,” she said.
Havila also announced that the deliveries of the third and fourth ships in the series, ‘Havila Polaris’ and ‘Havila Pollux’, are likely to be impacted.
Martini explained: “We assume that ‘Havila Polaris’ will start operating in the third quarter and ‘Havila Pollux’ in the fourth quarter of this year. At this stage we are unable to confirm the exact dates but are doing everything we can to ensure we can put these ships into operation as quickly as possible, for the benefit of all who will travel and work on board.”
A new agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, responsible for Havila’s coastal contract, confirmed that replacement ships would not be needed during the delays.