Havila cancels four more cruises

By Linsey McNeill
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Havila has cancelled four more cruises due to a further delay in the arrival of its third ship, Havila Polaris.

The financing of the ship has been impacted by sanctions placed on Russian institutions due to the war in Ukraine.

“In a year filled with challenges we could never have foreseen, we have learned to take such setbacks head on,” said MD Bent Martini as he confirmed the latest delay.

“We have to wait until delivery can take place in line with the regulations.

“While we would like to start operating earlier, there is no alternative if we wish to avoid a further legal dispute. Therefore, we have not yet been able to bring Havila Polaris home.”

The Norwegian company had entered into an agreement with Russian financing company, GTLK, to build and operate the Havila Polaris under long-term charters.

Havila announced last week that it had won a legal case in The High Court of Justice in London that would settle the dispute over the debt and ownership of its ships, but it said the legal process is taking longer than anticipated.

As a result, it has cancelled has round-trips departing from Bergen until the end of January 2023.

It now expects to take delivery of Polaris in mid-January, in order to start sailing from Bergen on 11 February.

Delivery of its fourth ship, Havila Pollus, is expected by the end of March 2023.

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