Havila Kystruten, the new Norwegian Coastal Line will from January 2021 sail on the iconic Norwegian coastline between Bergen and Kirkenes, a route that over the last years has been operated only by Hurtigruten.
The Havila Coastal Line ships will be the most environmentally friendly ships in traffic along the Norwegian coast and driven by LNG and huge battery packs, says CEO of the company Arild Myrvoll.
The ships will set a new standard for environmentally friendly ships and we will be able to sail into the World Heritage Site Geiranger without emission by 2021. This is five years prior to the zero-emission requirements given by the The Norwegian Parliament for sailings into the World Heritage fjords.
The ships that will continue a proud Norwegian coastline history now got their names. Havila owner Per Sævik announced earlier this year a name contest among his eight grandchildren to find names for the ships.
The frames given were that the name should contain Havila and the name of a star. The involvement among the grandchildren has been great and we are now pleased to present the names: Havila Capella, Havila Castor, Havila Polaris and Havila Pollux. Havila Capella and Havila Castor will be built at the Tersan yard in Turkey, while Havila Polaris and Havila Pollux will be built at the Barreras yard in Spain.