• 2018 March 7 14:52

    Port of Kiel expects more than 2 .1 million sea travellers this year including 600.000 cruise ship passengers

    The Port of Kiel says sea cruises are being rated ever higher on the tourism scale in Schleswig-Holstein. This year, more than 2 .1 million sea travellers are expected in Kiel and 600.000 of them – or 17 % more than last year - will be cruise ship passengers. More than 1.5 million ferry ship passengers are also expected. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “Our attendance at the ITB Travel Trade fair in Berlin underscores the growing importance which the federal German state of Schleswig-Holstein and its state capital Kiel attach to sea tourism. Cruise shipping is the growth market in northern Europe.” Every year passengers generate a turnover in excess of € 50 million in Kiel alone. Already well-known as a starting point for cruises to the big cities on the Baltic and along the Norwegian fiords, the port has also made a name for itself as a destination in its own right. International passengers who arrive in Kiel as part of an ongoing cruise or head for the port on ferries from Scandinavia, undertake daily land excursions throughout Schleswig-Holstein as well as to Lübeck and Hamburg.

    During this year’s cruise shipping season, 166 visits by 32 different ships have been registered. “The number of visits as well as the number of passengers will increase significantly”, said Dirk Claus. “Overall cruise ship tonnage will pass the 11 million GT mark for the first time”, he added. The season starts on April 6th with the arrival of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ “Boudicca”. The most frequent visitors will be the ships of AIDA/Costa, TUI Cruises and MSC - with as many as five ships from AIDA berthing in the port of Kiel. The biggest ship this season will be the “MSC Preziosa” of 139,000 GT which will make her first ever visit to the Kiel Fiord on April 28th. Seasonal highlights will include the presentation of the latest cruise ship of TUI Cruises – the new “Mein Schiff 1” - on April 27th as well as seven further maiden visits by cruise ships, including that of Cunard’s “Queen Victoria”, which will berth at the Ostseekai Terminal on July 17th. Fourteen ships, among them two river cruise ships, are expected to call during the Kieler Woche sailing regatta, which is being held from June 16th to June 24th. Newcomers to Kiel this year are the U.S. shipping company Viking Ocean Cruises and the Spanish shipping company Pullmantur Cruises.

    The PORT OF KIEL operates Kiel’s commercial port on behalf of the Schleswig-Holstein state capital of Kiel. Three terminals are available in Kiel for ferry and cruise ships - at the Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai - and all are in close proximity to the city centre. In addition ships are able to tie up at the cruise shipping Berth No. 1 in the Ostuferhafen. Kiel is also linked daily by ferry shipping services to and from the Norwegian capital Oslo (Color Line), Gothenburg (Stena Line), and Klaipeda (DFDS). ”Kiel is the market leader in ferry traffic into the Baltic, to western Sweden and to Norway”, says Dirk Claus, “and is among the most popular passenger ports in northern Europe.” Kiel is constantly investing in the expansion of its port facilities and in late summer this year will begin construction of a second terminal building at the Ostseekai. A 3,700 m² two-storey building is planned which will be of contemporary design and complement the existing terminal building in both form and function. It will open at the beginning of the 2019 cruise shipping season.




2018 June 21

18:27 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Philadelphia with Koch
18:00 CMA CGM announces new rotation on ASAF service
17:56 Russia is in need of small bunkering tankers, LNG bunker supply ships and bunker barges - Damen
17:31 Gate terminal (Gasunie/Vopak) to increase ship loading flow rate
16:58 Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers with secure and efficient document workflow
16:24 Freeport of Riga Authority joins Cruise Lines International Association
16:02 Danaos Corporation announces comprehensive debt refinancing agreement
15:50 MABUX: All eyes are on what course of action OPEC will call for
15:40 12 LNG bunker supply ships to be put into operation in Singapore by 2025
15:02 Ship garbage recycling pilot wraps up at Port of Brisbane
14:39 Vyborg Shipyard launches port icebreaker Ob built for FSUE Atomflot
14:02 APM Terminals supports World Clean Air Day with App upgrade
13:41 Igor Zolotykh appointed as Harbour Master of port Ust-Luga
13:23 Victor Olersky appoints Igor Ishchenko as Harbour Master of port Primorsk
13:02 EU member states’ experts on ship recycling meet in Brussels
12:39 XI Russian Forum “Current State and Prospects for Development of Russian Bunker Services Market” opens in Saint-Petersburg
12:16 ABS issues industry-leading Guide advancing DC power for hybrid electric applications
12:00 Largest gantry crane in the Nordic countries delivered to Meyer Turku
11:57 HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center and the Rotterdam Port Authority launch unique cooperation
10:55 CMA CGM to acquire CONTAINERSHIPS, a leader in intra-regional transportation in Northern Europe
10:53 Protecting marine life from ship noise is in the focus of meeting on oceans and the law of the sea
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:02 Maritime officials in Morocco undergo training at IMO workshop in Casablanca
09:41 Closer look at the interpretation of maritime law
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,373 points

2018 June 20

18:00 Lead landing ship of Project 11711, Ivan Gren, joins the fleet of RF Navy
17:33 Rosatomflot extends its winter-spring navigation period amid challenging ice conditions
17:05 Genco Shipping & Trading Limited completes common stock offering
16:05 Seatruck Ferries to use larger vessels for Warrenpoint service
15:51 Maritime leaders endorse green initiatives for shipping
15:30 Mitsui to make entry into subsea support vessel business through acquisition of shares in AKOFS Offshore
15:04 Eighty-two Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of 613 combined years of safe operations
14:59 GasLog Partners LP announces new charter agreement with Cheniere Energy
14:24 Small icebreakers of Project 22740 can be converted to run on LNG
14:05 Cheniere Energy and Cheniere Energy Partners announce definitive merger agreement
13:13 ABB brings efficiency and sustainability through system integration to two new Indian ferries
12:39 Dredging works commenced at the port of Ust-Luga
12:01 ABP Southampton publishes Air Quality Strategy with package of commitments
11:20 Bunker prices are down up at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:01 Crowley adds 40 ISO tanks
10:45 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant completed the series of six boom-laying boats
10:31 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the tanks of a new LNG carrier
10:22 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:05 Euroports increases pulp & paper warehousing capacity in Tarragona, Spain
10:00 RF Government expands the list of publicly funded projects in seaports and on IWW of Russia
09:37 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,419 points

2018 June 19

18:06 100 million dollars to link the Nile with Suez Canal Region
17:03 DNV GL partners with the EU and Government of India to bring offshore wind to the Indian market
16:32 CMA CGM deploys its innovative solution for containers tracking, TRAXENS by CMA CGM
16:18 APM Terminals ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam
16:02 Multraship acquires an ASD Tug from Med Marine for Terneuzen operations
15:32 Koper remains the most important port for Austria
15:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to Africa, Gulf and West Coast North of India
14:32 Port of Oakland import volume flat in May 2018
14:25 Europort Romania maintains its position as the premier Black Sea martime event
14:02 British Ports Association comments on new report on Northern ‘Free Ports’ strategy proposal
13:32 Port seeks to double rail volume with Railport Antwerpen
13:02 Rijkswaterstaat awarded Van Oord the contract to dredge Marker Wadden channel
12:32 MOL to make full-scale move into subsea support vessel business by acquiring stake in AKOFS of Norway