• 2017 October 23 16:46

    Cruise shipping season closes in Kiel

    The 2017 cruise shipping season ended in Kiel on Saturday, October 21st, with a visit from the “AIDAvita”, the company said in its press release. This year the port was visited on 143 separate occasions by 29 different cruise ships with a combined total ten million GT. For the first time the number of passengers embarking or disembarking at the port’s cruise shipping terminals passed the half million mark.

    The biggest cruise ship of the season was the “MSC Fantasia”, weighing in at 138,000 GT. She alone undertook 21 Baltic and Nordic cruises from Kiel. A good two thirds of all the 2017 Kiel cruises were carried out by the shipping companies AIDA, TUI Cruises, MSC and Costa, a fact which underscores the significance of the port for cruise turnaround business. The most frequent cruise visitors to the fiord this year were the AIDA ships – four of which were stationed in Kiel for the first time.
     
    The 2017 cruise shipping season was marked by a great many highlights. The latest new ship to join the fleet of TUI Cruises, “Mein Schiff 6”, introduced herself to the Kiel Fiord this year and began her maiden voyage at the Ostseekai.

    During the Kieler Woche sailing regatta between June 17th and 23rd no fewer than 16 cruise ships visited the port, among them many international vessels. The ships which headed for Kiel during that regatta – the biggest maritime folk festival and sail sport event in northern Europe – included ships in service with British shipping companies - like Cunard Line’s “Queen Elizabeth”, P&O’s “Arcadia” and Fred Olsen’s “Black Watch”. From a port organisational point of view however attention was focussed mainly on a total of seven occasions when three - and even four - ocean-going cruise ships were in port at the same time, in addition to the regular Baltic ferry ships.

    At each of these peak periods as many as 20,000 passengers were welcomed in Kiel. In the run-up to the introduction of new regulations governing the on-shore disposal of waste-water from ships, one of the most modern waste-water reception plants ever built went into operation at the Ostseekai in mid June. It can process 300 m³ of waste-water every hour – a tenfold increase on capacities at previous facilities of this kind.
     
    “In the coming season”, said Dirk Claus, “cruise shipping activity in the port of Kiel will rise even further and for the first time more than 150 visits by cruise ships will be recorded.” The actual list of registered visits in 2018 will be published by the PORT OF KIEL at the turn of the year. Kiel will next year – yet again - be the base port for all the cruise shipping companies active on the German market. So the most frequent callers will be the ships of AIDA, TUI Cruises and MSC.

    For the first time, Kiel will be able to welcome the “MSC Preziosa”, which is to replace her sister ship “MSC Fantasia” on the Kiel Fiord. Another highlight of the new season will be the introduction of TUI Cruises’ new “Mein Schiff 1” which is expected in Kiel on May 19th at the close of her maiden cruise. To keep abreast of the positive developments on the cruise shipping market long term, construction will begin late summer 2018 on a second terminal building at the Ostseekai. It will go into operation for the 2019 season. The 2018 season meanwhile will open on April 8th with the arrival of the “AIDAcara”.




2017 November 23

18:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:54 Mercury-1 ferry of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company successfully passed sea test after major repairs
17:35 Ophir issues update on the status of the Fortuna FLNG project
17:20 Opatija, Croatia hosts three-day conference “The Port of Rijeka, Gateway of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor”
17:05 Navantia and Bath Iron Works team for the US Navy Future Guided Missile Frigates
16:50 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.2% to 7.23 bln t in 10M’17
16:35 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard delivers research/survey vessel to Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
11:04 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:41 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct'17 grew by 16% to 11.28 mln t
10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
09:35 Port of Singapore throughput up 5.9% to 519.68 mln t in 10M’17
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
17:46 New research reveals ‘golden period’ ahead for the Port of Barrow
17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award
16:35 Throughput of port Primorsk in 10M’17 down 9% Y-o-Y to 49.40 mln t
16:03 Scottish energy ports capability directory launched
15:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 2% to 14.42 mln t in 10M’17
15:21 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 13.3% to 4.8 mln t in 10M’17
15:03 Otto Energy confirms the installation of the jacket and decks comprising the SM 71 F Platform
14:44 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 85.04 mln t in 10M’17
14:36 APM Terminals opens a new era for Puerto Quetzal
14:22 Okskaya shipyard will build a series of six trawlers for fishing company Variant
14:03 Forth Ports installs NORBIT survey system for the Forth and the Tay
13:21 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Møgster
12:39 ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Vision looks beyond human vision for ship automation
12:16 Crowley provides ATB to deliver jet fuel from U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico
12:15 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 44.01 mln t in 10M’17
11:46 Navigation season at the main route of the Volga-Baltic Waterway is over (photo)
11:08 Hapag-Lloyd buys low carbon refrigerant containers from Maersk Container Industry
10:51 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 0.13% to $62.30, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $56.49
10:07 Wagenborg Offshore chooses ULSTEIN PX121 design
09:44 Composit LLC supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:21 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,396 points
09:07 OOCL introduces new containership OOCL Scandinavia
08:30 INEOS to deliver first ever US ethane from shale gas to China in 2019 using world’s largest ethane carrier
08:07 Further SharpEye™ order for Pakistan Navy Submarine upgrade
07:30 Ekofish Group builds twin-rigger at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

2017 November 21

18:24 Navios Maritime Holdings reports 3Q, 9 months financial results
18:19 Philly Shipyard delivers fourth and final product tanker to Kinder Morgan
17:59 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Norwegian Sea
17:37 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
17:23 Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen
17:12 Tuco and Sea Machines unveil remote controlled ProZero workboats