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Second Havila Voyages ship returns to service after ‘demanding period’

A second Havila Voyages ship finally re-entered service on Tuesday after a two month delay. 

Havila Capella left Bergen for the first time since April to resume sailing along the Norwegian coast north to Kirkenes.

The 640-passenger vessel had been docked in Bergen for more than two months because of unnamed insurance firms scrapping the vessel’s cover due to the line’s ties with sanctioned Russian firm GTLK Asia.

GTLK was added to the EU’s list of sanctioned companies in April because of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

The line was granted permission by the Norwegian government in April to operate the sanctioned vessel for six months, but the order did not include the right to insure it.

And earlier this month, Havila Voyages took legal action in a bid to become the outright owner of the vessel.

Chief executive Bent Martini said: “We have been through a demanding period with a ship out of service for reasons beyond our control. It is extremely satisfying to see Havila Capella sailing again with excited passengers on board.

“Our crew are really eager to show off our beautiful and modern ship and offer fantastic experiences along our beautiful coast”.

Havila Capella arrives in Alesund today, before setting off for Geirangerfjord where it will operate into the world heritage site on battery power.

“We have already sailed in Geiranger a few times using only battery power with Havila Castor, and since Havila Capella is identical to her sister ship, we have plenty of experience operating emission free for as long as possible”,  Martini added.

“We encourage everyone onboard to get out on deck and enjoy the beautiful world heritage fjord and surroundings, when we sail in silently and peacefully. You will get close to the mountain walls, waterfalls, and nature. It’s a unique experience.”

Martini reported that capacity was available throughout the summer and autumn.

“Due to the uncertainty that has arisen in recent months, many people have naturally moved their journey to Havila Castor or postponed their journey with Havila Capella. We have some spare capacity on the first roundtrips, but the booking numbers increase gradually over the summer,” he said.

“At the same time, it is very gratifying that we have very good booking numbers on Havila Castor throughout the summer and autumn. There are many excited Norwegian and international guests who will have a memorable experience on board our ships, and we have room for more.”

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