Illustration of the new Havila Kystruten cruise vessel

Builders for four new Norwegian cruise ferries chosen

Norwegian owner Havila Kystruten, a Havila Holding subsidiary, is to split the construction of four new cruise ferries between Turkey’s Yalova-based shipyard Tersan, and Astillero Barreras at Pontevedra in Spain, with each yard building two of the LNG-battery hybrid vessels.

The building contracts come as a result of a new ten-year deal awarded in March by Norway’s Ministry of Transport and Communications which will see the Norwegian owner operating the four ferries between Bergen and Kirkenes for a ten-year period starting in January 2021.
Group company Havyard Design & Solutions is providing ship designs and an extensive equipment package for the vessels. The design contract, said to be worth billions of NOKs, is a major boost for Havyard group companies, as well as other equipment suppliers in Norway’s maritime sector, all of which have been under pressure as a result of the offshore downturn.  
The 125m-long vessels are already at an advanced stage of design, and steel cutting will begin before the end of this year, the company said in a statement. A combination of simulation models, new technologies and optimal adaptation of hull and equipment has ensured that the designs more than meet the demanding requirements of the Norwegian Ministry.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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