• 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”.




2018 September 25

18:37 Colombo Dockyard achieves recognition at the Presidential Export Award
18:10 Tersan Shipyard (Turkey) lays down lead crab catching and processing ship of Project ST184 for Arktikservis
17:56 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
17:36 The Ocean Cleanup chooses Iridium as provider of satellite communications services
17:20 First RITM-200 reactor intended for nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural left for Baltiysky Zavod shipyard
17:06 ABP opens up Humber International Enterprise Park development plans to public
16:57 Shippers suspect sulphur stitch-up
16:29 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for tug Southampton
16:20 Portugal joins WISTA International
15:38 Volga Shipping Company named the best in terms of transport security
15:12 Mr. Birkir Hólm Guðnason hired as CEO of Samskip Iceland
14:11 CMA CGM to review sales policy regarding Low Sulphur IMO 2020 Regulation
13:49 NIBULON successfully completed its passenger transportation season
13:11 North Carolina Ports’ terminals resume full commercial operations following hurricane Florence
12:50 Fuel oil prices are going up in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:31 Havila Kystruten selects Havyard to deliver the ship design and extensive equipment package for four new vessels
12:14 European ports welcome Parliament’s explicit support to remove the tax barriers for shore-side electricity for ships
12:01 Long Beach Commission OKs budget for expanded rail yard
11:43 DHT Holdings announces $50 mln scrubber financing
11:32 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Marintec Offshore Russia» exhibition
11:00 GTT receives a new order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
10:55 NYK announces delivery of new wood-chip carrier for Hokuetsu Corporation
10:24 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,434 points
10:01 Brent Crude futures price up 0.2% to $80.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $72.17
09:38 Yaroslavsky Shipyard lays down oil recovery vessel of Project Р2114 for Transneft
09:15 Audit summary report to be considered by Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments

2018 September 24

18:36 DNV GL unveils the complexity of ocean governance in report for the UN Global Compact
18:03 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS announces completion of USD 45.0 million private placement
17:52 Port of Southampton recognised in top 20 under 40 cruise award
17:36 CMA CGM announces GRR from India West Coast to Mozambique
17:03 Metropolitan Plan for Great Newcastle endorses Port of Newcastle vision
16:50 Ust-Luga Container Terminal handles cargo for Nord Stream 2
16:47 Wightlink names its new flagship
16:45 Bomin exits the bunker markets in Singapore and Antwerp
16:43 Hamburg and St. Petersburg strengthen cooperation at the Port Evening
16:33 DNV GL ends operations in Iran by 4th November
16:19 Vladimir Panchenko dredger built by Shipbuilding - Ship Repair Corporation features local content of 90%
16:03 IMO sadness over Nyerere casualty
15:47 Moby Dik terminal starts handling vessels of Sea Connect line
15:33 Wärtsilä inaugurates upgraded EGC test facilities in Norway
15:20 ESPO wants more ambition on harmonisation of data, while maintaining flexibility in reporting systems
15:03 Vinalines to build 2 terminals at $299 mln in Lach Huyen Port
14:46 Port of Antwerp presents smart port of the future at Supernova
14:33 DFDS Seaways raises capacity on route Zeebrugge - Norway
14:18 Feasibility study of concession of state stevedoring companies «Olvia» and «Kherson» presented for acquaintance to potential investors
14:03 Norway’s largest cruise port of Bergen to build Europe’s largest onshore power supply facility
13:59 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg named one of the best transport infrastructure facilities
13:34 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 21,529 in RF spot market
13:11 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down fourth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
12:45 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to Brazil
12:23 Finalists for the Seatrade Maritime Awards in Dubai announced
12:00 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
11:16 Longline factory ship Marlin laid down by Severnaya Verf shipyard to feature 40% of local content
10:54 Damen performs float-out of Australian icebreaker
10:52 NOVATEK increases number of Management Board members
10:28 Smart shipping to be under the spotlight at Seatrade Maritime Middle East
10:05 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,413 points
09:43 Brent Crude futures price up 1.25% to $79.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.2% to $71.63
09:21 Freeport of Riga’s project on construction of Krievu Island Terminal enters its final phase
09:00 Vice Premier Han Zheng inspected COSCO-PSA terminal in Singapore