• 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 May 24

09:26 Baltic Dry Index drops 37pts to 1162 points
09:08 akquinet and IDENTEC SOLUTIONS join forces to revolutionize refrigerated container management
08:39 Maersk Line starts new transatlantic service between Europe’s Mediterranean region and Canada
08:34 Compagnie Maritime Monégasque and Damen join forces to introduce Fast Marine Access in Brazil

2018 May 23

17:54 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg invested RUB 256 million in modernization of its facilities in QI’2018
17:27 Greece suggests arranging cruise lines to Russia
17:00 Rosmorrechflot comes out for replacement of shipbuilding subsidies with cheap financing
16:16 Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation enters into force
15:48 New Belgium container connection bolsters Port of Hull
15:25 DALO chooses SARIS to support SAR operations
15:03 FESCO transports three transformers from Novorossiysk for Moscow central heating and power plants
14:42 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.3 million passengers in 4M’18, down 3%, Y-o-Y
14:21 Hapag-Lloyd update on restrictions for DG cargo handling at FIFA World Cup in Russia
13:59 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport fell by 18.5% to 1.0 million tonnes in 4M’18
13:36 SASCO BoD elected Aleksey Pavlov as Director General of the company
13:13 “K” Line announces delivery of special coal carrier “CORONA XANADU”
12:52 Tallink Grupp to list shares also on Helsinki Stock Exchange
12:31 Rosmorport appoints Sergey Lyamtsev as Acting Director of its Azov Basin Branch (photo)
12:13 MPC Container Ships ASA acquires three 2,500 TEU feeder container vessels
11:43 Strong programme raises profile of The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference
11:18 Gunvor forms new ship holding jv СlearOcean Tankers
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in 4M’18 grew by 1.1% Y-o-Y to 207.78 million tonnes
10:28 Brent Crude futures price down 0.63% to $79.07, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $71.91
10:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v P. S. Palios with Koch
09:55 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down lead multi-purpose dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
09:52 Container shipping is smart to collaborate on standards, says MSC CIO
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,199 points

2018 May 22

18:37 CMA CGM announces GRR from India and Sri Lanka to West Africa
18:07 Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company adopts ABS Subchapter M regulatory compliance mobile software
17:47 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 2.8% to 6.49 million TEUs in Jan-Apr’18
17:33 Suez Canal revenues up to 479.3million dollar in April
17:26 Severnaya Verf starts cutting metal for initial section of longline factory vessel (photo)
17:05 Med Marine signs two new design contracts with Robert Allan
16:28 Okskaya Sudoverf launches second shallow-draft barge of Project ROB20, Belmax 2 (photo)
16:05 Bibby Offshore secures multimillion North Sea contract
15:50 RF Ministry of Justice registers order on designation of caution areas in ports of cities hosting World Cup 2018
15:34 New generation of RoRo’s designed by KNUD E. HANSEN for Grimaldi
15:04 Iridium network approved to provide Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services
14:39 North West MP finds out more about how the Port of Barrow is powering the region
14:10 Rosmorport continues providing icebreaker assistance in the Arctic Basin
13:45 Bunker prices are going up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:21 Van Oord marks 150th anniversary with christening of SRI vessel Bravenes
12:42 IMO approves joint RF/USA proposal on regulation of shipping in the Bering Strait (photo)
12:23 Wärtsilä LNGPac passes 100th order milestone
12:14 Jotun Australia is formally open for Yacht business with complete yacht coating solutions
11:30 ABS Nautical Systems chosen as exclusive mobile compliance solution for Crosby tugs
11:26 Baltic icebreaking season 2017-2018 ends
11:03 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 4M’18 up 51% Y-o-Y to 11.28 million tonnes
10:48 IMO agrees to recognize that the Iridium network meets all the criteria
10:37 Presidents of Iceland and Finland discussed Arctic matters on board IB Urho
10:12 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $79.44, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.32% to $72.58
09:44 Development and financing of strategic transport projects uniting Lithuania and Poland discussed in Vilnius
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,239 points

2018 May 21

18:31 P&O Cruises marks first construction milestone for newest ship with steel cutting ceremony in Papenburg
18:00 IMO continues roll out of new port emissions training
17:35 Preliminary preparation stage for concession on Northern Latitudinal Railway completed
17:08 Two more vessels added to Offshore Fleet of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company
16:40 Oceanographic research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky arrives at port of Messina (Sicily)
15:59 Federal funding contributes to critical infrastructure projects to support trade through the Port of Vancouver
15:31 Vympel Shipyard launches 75th Mangust patrol boat for Russian FSB Border Service (photo)