• 2018 April 8 22:23

    Kiel opens cruise shipping season

    Kiel opens this year’s cruise shipping season on April 6th with the arrival of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ “Boudicca”, the company said in its press release. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “We are well prepared and expect record passenger figures as well as ship visits.” According to registrations currently to hand, 32 different cruise ships with some 600,000 passengers will make a total of 166 calls in the port. The 205 m long “Boudicca”, of 28,388 GT, sailed through the Kiel Canal during the night and arrived on the Kiel Fiord in the morning. There it was welcomed with a water fountain tribute from one of the port’s tugs and escorted to its berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. During an onboard reception following its arrival, Kiel City President Hans-Werner Tovar welcomed Captain Juha Sartela and presented him with the port’s traditional maiden visit plaque.

    In his address City President Tovar said “We are delighted to be able to open the season for the first time with a visit by “Boudicca”. Ships of the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines are already among our most frequent visitors and bring a lot of international flair to the city”. “Boudicca” is on a ten-day Nordic and Baltic cruise that began in Dover on April 3rd. During her stay in Kiel, about 7oo English-speaking passengers on the ship will take part in day excursions ashore which will take them the length and breadth of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein – for example to places like Lübeck , the Baltic seaside spa resort of Laboe or the region known as Holstein Switzerland. According to Dirk Claus: “Kiel is the cruise shipping hub for the Schleswig-Holstein region. Ship passengers generate turnover of about €10 million a year and are of great importance for the local economy. We went to find out just how important their effect and are undertaking a study this season”. During 2018 23 of the cruise ship visits to Kiel will be part of ongoing cruises and Kiel has won two new customers in this sector in the shape of the U.S shipping company Viking Cruises and the Spanish shipping concern Pullmantur Cruises.

    The hub of the port of Kiel’s cruise shipping business however is passenger turnaround. “Kiel is one of the leading starting point and destination ports for cruises in northern Europe”, said Dirk Claus. “We are reinforcing this position by erecting a second passenger handling building at the Ostseekai Terminal. The first passenger turnaround of the season takes place on Sunday April 8th when the cruise ship “AIDAcara” begins a seven-day Scandinavien cruise in Kiel. The destinations on that cruise are Stavanger, Oslo, Gothenburg and Copenhagen. The most frequent visitors to Kiel this season are the ships of AIDA and TUI Cruises. The biggest ship to call is the “MSC Preziosa” of 139,000 GT, which can be seen for the first time on the Kiel Fiord on April 28th .Seasonal highlights are the presentation of the new “Mein Schiff 1”- the latest cruise ship of TUI Cruises – as well as seven further cruise ship maiden calls, including one by Cunard’s “Queen Victoria”, which will berth at the Ostseekai Terminal on July 17th. Fourteen ships are expected during the Kieler Woche sailing regatta, from June 16th to the 24th.




2018 October 17

17:46 The Freeport of Riga Authority continues to develop cooperation with China
17:22 Port Manatee enjoys record fiscal year with diverse growth
17:00 North Sea Port and Titan LNG successfully supply sea-going vessel with LNG fuel
16:55 33 LNG carriers and 8 gas condensate carriers with export cargo left port Sabetta in April-June 2018
16:24 Baku International Sea Trade Port launches two new tugboats
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama trade
15:46 New BIMCO & IBIA Bunkering Guide available
15:23 NOVATEK and Fluxys plan to build an LNG terminal in Rostock
15:02 NYK develops original software that diagnoses combustion chamber problems
14:40 RF Government allocates RUB 8.4 billion for the Far East development
14:21 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreements
14:03 CMA CGM implements Empty Repositioning Surcharge for exports from all Turkish ports
13:32 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation Borssele I & II
13:21 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 9M’18 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 95.9 million tonnes
13:04 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Asia-Africa trade
12:30 GTT and Dongsung Finetec sign a Memorandum of Understanding
12:02 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and partners sign MoU for 3D printing facility and applications in maritime sector
11:53 Identifying barriers to cutting emissions through just-in-time operations
11:27 Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt joins V.Group
10:50 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $81.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.06% to $71.88
10:42 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Europe-Africa trade
10:37 Damen Shipyards Galati hands over 74-metre fishery research vessel to Angolan government
10:27 Maritime Arctic Competence Center opens in Saint-Petersburg
09:42 KN invests in environmental protection measures
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,578 points

2018 October 16

18:33 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
18:03 ABS holds two seminars at the 58th Genoa International Boat Show
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 9M’18 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 10.65 million tonnes
17:36 Wärtsilä opens the first International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence in the world
17:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge on Asia and India to Africa trades
16:56 Wärtsilä launches Acceleration Centre in Singapore and partners with MPA and PSA Marine to develop IntelliTug
16:40 Throughput of port Vyborg in 9M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 1.33 million tonnes
16:21 Throughput of port Primorsk in 9M’18 fell by 11% Y-o-Y to 39.80 million tonnes
16:03 Höegh LNG announces amendment of the Höegh Gallant time charter
15:44 LUKOIL starts construction of facilities at Rakushechnoye field
15:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 9M’18 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 13.69 million tonnes
15:03 Avatar Logistics initiates cooperation with Sand & Grus AB Jehander and buys the vessel MS Jehander
14:41 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 9M’18 declined by 5% Y-o-Y to 72.38 million tonnes
14:20 CMA CGM announces GRR from Far East to West Africa
14:03 Lithuanian Railways, Metrans and the Port of Hamburg strengthen relations
13:52 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg up 12% to 44.22 million tonnes in 9M’18
13:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces update on scrubbers
12:39 Project 22800 small missile ship Burya to be floated out on 23 October
12:13 Rolls-Royce and Intel announce autonomous ship collaboration
11:55 The Port of Riga outlines a vision for future development of Spilve Meadows
11:31 Ørsted selects GeoSea for Borssele 1 & 2 foundation and turbine transport and installation
11:14 Jan De Nul will dredge access channel to Guayaquil Port
11:11 RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet detachment completed tasks in Mediterranean Sea
10:59 Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam celebrates 70 years and bids farewell to director Frits van Dongen
10:50 Detachment of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet completes visit to Republic of Korea
10:28 WMU holds needs assessment workshop in Jordan
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.31% to $81.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $71.86
09:43 IMO ​pushing forward with tackling greenhouse gas emissions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,584 points

2018 October 15

18:23 MOL joins hands with partners to launch FOCUS project
17:59 Moscow to host a conference on construction of LNG-powered and LNG bunker ships on October 24
17:46 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian newbuilds contracts
17:05 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS registered on NOTC
16:56 Tall ships arrive at Port of Ipswich as part of 'Race of the Classics'
16:37 Coast Guard ends search after plane crash victims bodies are located