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Friday, February 14, 2020 

Norwegian operator Havila Voyages has signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Tersan for the construction of the final two of its series of four passenger vessels to be operated on the Norwegian coastal route from 2021.

These two ships were originally intended to be built at the Barreras yard in Spain, but construction was halted due to the shipyard's financial problems. The first two vessels are currently under construction at Tersan, and Tersan has now received a contract for the construction of vessels three and four. Delivery is scheduled towards the end of 2021.

The four environmentally-friendly vessels will feature large battery packs, enabling them to sail noise and emission-free for up to four hours.

CEO of Havila Voyages Arild Myrvoll says that Tersan has the capacity to start the construction process soon and that the yard has all the documentation they need as well as experience from building the first two vessels.

Myrvoll said: "This has several advantages and gives us confidence that the third and fourth vessels will be at least as good as the first two. What we have seen of Tersan so far in terms of its construction of the first two vessels looks very promising. They stick to the schedule and their work is high quality."

Havila Voyages says that despite the uncertainty of the situation regarding the Spanish yard Barreras, it has sufficient equity and loan approval to fully finance all four vessels at Tersan.

"Two new vessels will be delivered and are scheduled to sail from January 2021. These will give our passengers the most environmentally-friendly voyages along the Norwegian coast. While we wait for the next two vessels, we will use replacement vessels, and provide good and safe transport and meet our customers’ expectations," said Myrvoll.

The company is looking at several potential replacement vessels for short-term charter while ships three and four are being built.

From 2021, Havila Voyages will operate four of the 11 vessels that sail the classic voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes.

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