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HAVILA CAPELLA Put Out of Service as a Fallout of Russian Sanctions

HAVILA CAPELLA was put out of service when the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs ruled against the application for getting it insured via an exemption.

A planned voyage on May 15th along the Norwegian coast was canceled. Before this, an exemption of 6 months was granted for the ship’s operation on April 26th.

The right to get the vessel insured was not a part of the exemption, as this would imply that the ship was made available to the registered owner, GTLK, a company under EU sanctions.

Havila Kystruten, the charterer for the vessel, obtained this from GTLK. The contract stated that GTLK and its subsidiaries would build and provide four coastal cruise ships, which then Havila Kystruten would charter and operate under the Norwegian registry.

EU sanctions on GTLK had an unfortunate effect of stripping the vessel of its liability insurance. A temporary exemption was granted to the ship, but it continued uninsured operations.

Ro-Ro/Passenger Ship HAVILA CAPELLA is currently located at NORDIC – North Sea at position 60° 23′ 59.2″ N, 005° 18′ 56.1″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2022-05-13 19:33 UTC (1 minute ago)
The wind in this area at that time blows from the West direction at force 4 Beaufort.
The vessel is currently at port BERGEN, NO after a voyage of 5 hours, 59 minutes originating from port FLORO, NO.
HAVILA CAPELLA (IMO: 9865570) is a Ro-Ro/Passenger Ship that was built in 2021 (1 year ago) and is sailing under the flag of Norway.
Its carrying capacity is 15519 Gross Tonnage and her current draught is reported to be 5.3 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 122.7 meters and her width is 22.26 meters.

Profile photo of Bent Martini

Brent Martini, CEO of Havila Kystruten, stated that the structure of the sanctions already ensured that no insurance payment would benefit the ship’s registered owner. Even in the event of a total loss, other parties would receive the insurance payment. Havila had to reluctantly agree to the decision of Norwegian authorities. The event is one of many where leaders and other players in the industry are finding it difficult and complex to operate under the new sanctions regime.

Sources : Marine Traffic + Maritime Security

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