Havila Capella arrives in Norway, ready for start of December 1 – Cruise Industry News
The Havila Capella – the first of Havila’s four sister ships to sail the Norwegian coast – has arrived safely at the wharf in Bergen, Norway. According to Havila Voyages, the ship docked at 5:30 p.m. on November 24.
The 468-passenger ship will launch its program on the traditional coastal route from Bergen on December 1 – the first new ship for the Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen voyage in 18 years, according to Havila.
La Capella, like its three sisters, will be powered by LNG and batteries. The batteries – the largest in the world for such ships, according to the cruise line – with their 6.1 megawatt-hour capacity, will allow ships to sail for up to four hours on battery power alone.
For example, ships will be able to sail to the world heritage fjord, Geiranger, emission-free – a place that from 2026 will require all nearby crossings to be zero-emission.
According to Havila Senior Vice President Tor Johan Pedersen, ship calls on the Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen route will last between 20 minutes and a few hours, allowing for completely emission-free destination exploration.
Each Havila vessel will have two LNG tanks and two batteries. The four ships, when in service, will charge batteries and supply LNG in Bergen. A turnaround day will be “more than enough” for the 11-day return trip to Kirkenes, Pedersen previously said Cruise Industry News. Havila has an agreement with Gasnor, which will deliver the LNG to Bergen. However, the cruise line will try to use the batteries as much as possible when sailing in different fjords and ports.
Havila Voyages, a Norwegian shipping company, won a contract from the Norwegian government to provide coastal transport service with four vessels, splitting the coastal service agreement with Hurtigruten. Prior to 2021, Hurtigruten had 11 of its own vessels sailing.
With the arrival of Havila, Hurtigruten withdraws four ships from the Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen route to allow Havila’s four new ships to rejoin the route. Most of the Hurtigruten personnel on ships that are withdrawn from coastal service will be transferred to Havila, Pedersen explained previously.