EMBARKING ON NEW TERRITORY
The Sævik family owned the Simex shipyard in Flekkefjord for a short period of time towards the end of the 1990s. In 2000, Havila entered the shipbuilding industry with the acquisition of the Kværner Leirvik shipyard, later renamed Havyard Leirvik, and this gave rise to the foundation of the Havyard Group.
Havila Supply was acquired by the French Groupe Bourbon in May 2003. Only months later, on 31 July 2003, Havila Shipping ASA was registered as a new business. The objective is to build a new shipping company.
Havila’s very first investment in the travel industry took place the following year. The company is westward bound. Offshore collaboration with shipowners on the Faeroe Islands opened their eyes to the potential in this group of islands to the west, and Havila Holding invests in Hafna Hotel in Torshavn.
In 2005, Havila Shipping ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and Havyard Group – formerly a shipyard enterprise – acquires a firm of naval architects. This is the birth of what is to become a Stock Exchange listed maritime technology corporation. In 2007, the investments made in shipping and property are merged to form Havila Ariel, listed on the Stock Exchange the following year. Several years later, the Sævik family acquires the company shares and Havila Ariel becomes the family’s business for property investments.