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HAVILA VOYAGES TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST HYBRID VESSEL

HAVILA VOYAGES TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST HYBRID VESSEL

Friday, November 5, 2021 

'Havila Capella', first of four passenger vessels for Norway's Havila Voyages, has been handed over at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey, and is scheduled to start operation on the traditional Norway coastal route from Bergen on 1 December.

Finishing off and familiarisation will be undertaken during the delivery voyage and in Bergen, where the ship is expected to stay at the quayside for several days before the start of the sailing schedule. While in port it will operated by its own onboard batteries, charged using clean hydropower.

CEO of Havila Voyages, Bent Martini, said: "We are many who have waited a long time for this, and now the first ship is finally in our hands and we will start preparing for setting sail towards Norway."

Mehmet Gazioğlu, GM Tersan, said: "The four coastal cruise ships for Havila Voyages are a special assignment for us. We have faced various challenges, including the corona pandemic, which has led to delays, but we have learned a lot from the first ship and expect more efficient construction of the next ones. And today we are looking forward to seeing the good result and the beautiful ship that Havila Capella has become."

Martini added: "It gives zero emissions and no smoke that settles over Bergen city centre. And that is just the beginning of Havila Voyages' history with environmentally friendly voyages along the coast where we with the world's largest battery pack on board can go without noise and emissions for up to four hours"

The hull design is specially tailored for the voyage along the Norwegian coast and its 34 ports of call, to be energy-efficient and use as little fuel as possible to ensure that emissions are kept to an absolute minimum. The 61,000kWh battery pack, weighing around 86t in total, will be charged at larger ports using hydropower, and when running on engines, the ships will burn LNG to cut CO2 emissions by around 25%, and NOx and SOx by about 80–95%. This hybrid system allows emission reductions in excess of future requirements, but the end goal is for zero-emission voyages. A heat recovery system converts excess heat to energy. Using battery power, the ships are currently able to sail emission-free for up to four hours.

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