A rival start-up of Hurtigruten on Norwegian coastal cruises has postponed its launch for the second time as a result of disruption of the Covid-19 shipyard.
Havila Voyages has confirmed that the primary two ships in its fleet have been delayed till the summer time.
Havila Castor and Havila Capella are actually anticipated to be delivered to Norway from the Tersan shipyard in Turkey in late Might or early June. It’s going to then take a number of weeks to arrange the 179-cabin ships, which is able to use the world's largest battery packs to scale back emissions and noise, for the operation.
The road introduced in September that its first two ships wouldn’t be prepared for the beginning of 2021 as initially deliberate as a result of the coronavirus pandemic had affected the shipyard for six months.
Havila Voyages CEO Arild Myrvoll, commenting on the most recent setback, mentioned: “I’m deeply disillusioned that the ships can not sail sooner and I need to apologize to the friends and staff who hoped to sail with us earlier than this date.
“Sadly, the present scenario with the coronavirus has delayed the supply of some units and equipment and in addition led to a lower within the variety of employees capable of work on web site on the Tersan shipyard.
"In every other 12 months, a delay of any size of time would show to be very tough. Nevertheless, with present journey restrictions to and inside Norway, we don't anticipate excessive demand till summer time, after we plan to sail.
“It’s nevertheless vital to level out that the coronavirus pandemic continues to be ongoing and that the brand new supply schedule is predicated on the present scenario.
“We’ll in fact proceed to watch the scenario. We’re extraordinarily excited in regards to the launch of Havila Voyages and sit up for welcoming friends on board later this summer time.
UK Nation Director Matthew Valentine added: “We all know UK holidaymakers are eager to journey as quickly as potential and have seen excessive demand for our journeys. I wish to thank our UK buying and selling companions for his or her help and sit up for working extra with them within the coming months. "
The family-owned Norwegian delivery firm is making contact with individuals with bookings who’ve been affected.
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