Havila Capella ferry accidents and incidents

Havila Capella ferry cruise ship


Length (LOA)
124 m / 407 ft

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CruiseMapper's Havila Capella ferry cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 680-passenger vessel owned by Havila Voyages. Our Havila Capella ferry accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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June 2022Other Incidents

In mid-June 2022, Havila Kystruten took legal action in London against its creditor GTLK Asia Ltd (Hong Kong China-based leasing company) to change the ownership of Havila Capella as well to secure its interest in the other three vessels (at the time under construction in Turkey) - Havila Castor, Havila Polaris, and Havila Pollux.

According to Havila Capella's financial leasing documentation, GTLK Asia provided long-term financing ("sale and lease back") with Havila Kystruten having all rights and the responsibility to operate the ship (as a shipowner) as well as the option to purchase the vessel from GTLK Asia two years after its delivery.

On April 8, 2022, because of its Russian ownership, GTLK was added to the EU’s list of sanctioned companies due to the crisis in Ukraine. On April 26th, Havila Kystruten received a dispensation from Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to operate Havila Capella for 6 months. In the extension of the dispensation, the Ministry didn't take a position on the dispensation applying to the ship's insurance, and on May 9th the application was rejected.

On June 16th, Havila Kystruten received a ruling from the English judiciary stating that no activity or transaction could be carried out related to both cruiseferries (Polaris and Pollux/under construction in Turkey) "without the approval of the Havila Coastal Route”. On that same day, Havila submitted to Hordaland tingrett/District Court a petition for temporary arrest and forced the use of Havila Capella. On June 22nd, the Court granted the petition, which gave the company the right to operate the ferry for up to two years. On June 23rd, Havila Kystruten received the valid certificates (including P&I insurance/hull and machinery from the marine insurer Skuld) needed for the Norwegian coastal service.

May 2022Other Incidents

(ship insurance issues) In a decision made by Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 26th, Havila Voyages was granted an exemption from the EU sanctions regulations to operate Havila Capella for 6 months.

The exemption didn't entail any right to insure the cruiseferry and on May 9th, the Ministry rejected the application of Havila Kystruten (Norwegian shipping company and shipowner) to take out insurance on the grounds that "being able to take out insurance in itself would mean that a property is made available to the registered owner".

Due to the unresolved situation, Havila Voyages canceled two consecutive Norwegian Coastal ferry roundtrips from homeport Bergen (departures at 20:30 Norway time/18:30 UTC), originally scheduled for Havila Capella - May 15th and May 26th.

All affected Havila Capella cruise bookings were offered to rebook with the fleetmate and sistership Havila Castor or a full monetary refund.

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