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Havila Castor sets off on her maiden voyage

Havila Voyages’ second ship, Havila Castor, set off on the evening of 10 May 2022 on her first round voyage along the classic Norwegian coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes.

At 2030 Havila Castor left the Jektevik terminal in Bergen and headed north towards Kirkenes. Havila Castor is Havila Voyages’ second ship operating on the coastal route.

“This is a big day for Havila Voyages. A fantastic team of employees and suppliers have been working day and night since Havila Castor arrived in Bergen last week to get the ship ready for today, and they have passed the test with flying colours”, says CEO Bent Martini.

Havila Castor, together with her sister ship Havila Capella, is a state-of-the-art ship, with technical features that make her the most environmentally friendly ship that has ever sailed the classic coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes.

The ship’s propulsion is a combination of natural gas (LNG) and a battery pack of 6.1 megawatt hours (MWh), the world’s largest battery pack on a passenger ship.

Havila Voyages has invested around NOK 500 million to make the ships as environmentally friendly as possible with the technology available.

“Delivering on our climate and environmental promises is important to us. Figures from Havila Capella’s previous sailings show that we have cut CO2 emissions by more than 30% in operations so far, and we will continue to work on further reductions” says Martini.

On 2 June Havila Castor will be the first ever passenger ship to sail into the Geirangerfjord purely on battery, silently and emission-free.

That is four years before the Norwegian government’s requirement for this type of sailing in the world heritage fjord.

Havila Voyages’ new coastal cruise ships are decorated with Norwegian furniture in a classic Nordic design.

The food on board reflects the areas you sail through, and our guests can enjoy the beautiful Norwegian coast through large windows that let in nature and show off the changing weather and light. In addition, passengers will sleep well in large and modern cabins.

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