Havila Voyages receives fourth ship after ‘significant delays’

The Havila Voyages fleet has been completed with the delayed arrival of fourth ship Havila Pollux in Norway.

The vessel docked in Bergen a day after sister vessel Havila Polaris repositioned from its shipyard in Turkey.

Havila Pollux is set to enter service along the Norwegian coast on August 23.

The delivery of both new generation vessels had been delayed due to financial issues and the earthquakes in Turkey earlier in the year.

Chief executive Bent Martini said: “Naturally, this is a new milestone for our company, and it’s very satisfying that we now have all our four vessels in Norway.

“It is wonderful to see our two latest vessels side by side here in Bergen, and crews from both ships along with many resources from our onshore organization are fully engaged in preparing them for operation along the coast.”

He added: “The Ministry of Transport, our contracting authority, has fortunately supported us throughout a complex process and demonstrated great understanding of the challenges we’ve faced, which unfortunately resulted in significant delays. We are grateful for that support.

“We also have to thank everyone who has cheered us on and shown incredible patience and, most importantly, understanding that our challenges have been beyond our control. 

“Now that we are complete, the real work begins – we are going to deliver a fantastic product along the coast, for the coastal communities and all our guests.”

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