|Havila to Build 4 Eco-Friendly Ships By 2021 On Norwegian Coastal Voyages.|
The Norwegian Ministry of Transportation and Communications has split Norwegian coastal service voyages starting in 2021 between Hurtigruten and newcomer Havila. The contract which will be in effect for 9 years. Hurtigruten will continue to operate seven ships on the route, and new-entrant, Havila, which plans to build four new ships.
The 11 ships will sail year-round between Bergen and Kirkenes, with daily departures, calling at 34 ports.
Havila Shipping has committed to building four new ships for the service and is said to be considering hybrid power solutions, including LNG and batteries.
Hurtigruten has said it will modernize its existing ships to comply with the new contract.
In addition, Hurtigruten plans to sail its three largest ships, the Trollfjord, Midnatsol and Finnmarken, between Bergen and Kirkenes, as coastal cruises for international passenger sourcing, not carrying local passengers.
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