Havila Capella Sails on First Voyage Havila Voyages CEO Bent Martini said the cruise line was “very happy” to have finally dropped its first ship designed to operate on the Norwegian coast.
The 468-passenger Havila Capella set sail on December 12 and, in doing so, has become “an integral part of the daily traffic which is part of the lifeblood of the coast,” according to Havila.
“As we have created a new shipping company and built the first new ship in 18 years with three new ships in reserve, I think we should dare to say that December 12, 2021 is a historic day for both Havila Voyages and for the Bergen-Kirkenes coastal road, ”Martini said.
According to a press release, Havila Voyages spent around 500 million Norwegian crowns (over 55.5 million dollars) to make its ships environmentally friendly. With the launch of the Capella, the cruise company is still awaiting the delivery and start of operations of Capella’s three sister ships: the Castor, the Polaris and the Pollux.
All four ships are plug-in hybrid ships with the world’s largest battery packs designed for passenger ships. They weigh 86 tonnes and have a capacity of 6.1 megawatt hours, which equates to a top-of-the-range 600 Tesla, according to Havila.
“The batteries allow us to sail for four hours without noise or emissions, and we can sail silently and sustainably through World Heritage fjords and pristine nature,” Martini said.
But batteries are “just one of many measures that mean our ships reduce NOx emissions by around 90% and CO2 emissions by around 25%,” he added.
The no-buffet dining concept on board means that customers are personally served at their tables for all meals, reducing food waste by 60 tonnes per year.
Martini said Havila Voyages “navigates among world heritage and priceless nature and should do so in a way that even those who come after us can experience it the same way.”
“Havila Voyages will offer great experiences with low climatic footprints,” he concluded.