Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected a dispensation application concerning Havila Capella's insurance, even though Havila Kystruten (shipowner) had been granted a dispensation to operate the vessel for a 6-month period.
According to CEO Bent Martini, they were constantly working to find a temporary solution to put Havila Capella back on schedule. At the same time, they were working on a permanent solution which meant that they took ownership of the cruise ship.
“This is a demanding situation for us, and it is difficult to estimate on how long this will take”.
Havila Capella's next scheduled voyage was due to depart on Thursday, May 26, at 8:30 pm from Bergen (Norway), and the cruise has now been canceled.
Martini concluded that as they did not have a solution ready, they had no choice but to cancel the next roundtrip.
"It is very unfortunate, first and foremost for all our guests, but also for our company."