• 2018 April 28 14:31

    Season’s biggest cruise ship visits the Ostseekai

    The biggest cruise ship of this year’s summer season arrived in the port of Kiel on Saturday April 28th at the end of a journey across the Atlantic, Port of Kiel said in its press release. The 139,000 GT and 333 m long “MSC Preziosa” arrived in the Kiel Fiord in the early morning.

    Dirk Claus, who is the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “We are delighted that this summer MSC is once again basing a Fantasia Class ship in Kiel and intends to further expand its commitment here in future. The waters of northern Europe are growing increasingly significant and are attracting ever more passengers and big cruise ships”.

    Kiel is continuing to invest in the expansion of its facilities at the Ostseekai Terminal and in the Ostuferhafen in order to continue to guarantee its future customers first class handling quality. At the Ostseekai for instance, a second terminal handling building is being built and in the Ostuferhafen a €2 million baggage hall is taking shape. In addition port access areas and facilities in the Ostuferhafen are being completely redesigned and made more spacious.

    From her base port Kiel, the “MSC Preziosa” is undertaking a total of twenty cruises in northern European waters this season and is thus one of the most frequent visitors to the Kiel Fiord. Her cruises – 17 of them starting at the Ostseekai Terminal and three in the Ostuferhafen – will take the “MSC Preziosa” not only to the big cities of the Baltic (from Kiel to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg and back to Kiel) but also along the Norwegian fiords (from Kiel via Copenhagen, Geiranger Fiord, Flam, Bergen and back to Kiel).”Because of its geographical location”, said Dirk Claus, “Kiel is particularly attractive as a starting point for the so-called butterfly cruises. The combination of Baltic and Norwegian routes is an interesting option for many passengers”, he added. In this respect Kiel serves both as a cruise turnaround port and at the same time as a tourist destination. International passengers who have boarded in Copenhagen bring a lot of international flair to the city of Kiel and take part in day excursions throughout Schleswig-Holstein and as far as Hamburg. Among the favourite excursion destinations are places like the Hanse city of Lübeck, the local region of hills and lakes known as Holstein Switzerland and the seaside spa resort of Laboe.

    MSC cruise ships have been calling at the port of Kiel regularly for thirteen years. The start was made on September 4th 2005 by the “Rhapsody” - the year before Kiel was elevated to a start and destination port by the shipping company in 2006. Since then, Kiel has been an integral part of the owner’s north Europe route planning and has, as of now, been visited 350 times by ten different MSC cruise ships. Dirk Claus said: “The ships of MSC are among the most frequent visitors to Kiel. We are bound by many years of partnership, which we intend to further expand”. To date, well over 1.3 million passengers have boarded or disembarked from a ship in Kiel belonging to MSC and this year they will be joined by well over 100,000 additional MSC guests. During this year’s Kieler Woche sailing regatta – the biggest maritime folk festival and sail sport event in northern Europe – the “MSC Preziosa” can be seen not just once but twice on the Kiel Fiord - on June 16th and on the 23rd . When the “MSC Preziosa” closes her north Europe season on September 1st, the occasion will also mark the 370th visit to Kiel by an MSC cruise ship.

    The SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG operates Kiel’s commercial port on behalf of the Schleswig-Holstein state capital of Kiel. Three passenger terminals are available in close proximity to the city centre for ferry and cruise ships - at the Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai. In addition particularly big ships can tie up at the Berth 1 cruise shipping terminal in the Ostuferhafen. Kiel is one of the most popular German cruise shipping ports, recording 166 visits by 32 different cruise ships. By the close of this year’s season, 600,000 cruise ship passengers in addition to about 1.6 million ferry ship passengers are expected to have visited Kiel.




2019 October 23

18:36 GTMaritime protects onboard cyber security in record numbers
18:02 Tokyo MOU accepted Panama as the 21st member authority
17:35 Rosmorrechflot suggests providing subsidies and privileges to ship owners using LNG
17:02 Teekay and Teekay LNG announce resolution to China LNG joint venture issues
16:52 Damen signs contract with Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works for third ASD Tug 2009
16:43 Side event on Women in Fisheries held at Torremolinos Ministerial Conference
16:21 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,770 in RF spot market
16:02 Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean and Government of St. Lucia sign MoU
15:37 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
15:02 Qatar Petroleum announces commencement of supply of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil at Ras Laffan Industrial City Port
14:56 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla participated in strategic command post exercise
14:14 Port of Zeebrugge posts results for Q3 2019
13:13 Abu Dhabi Ports breaks ground on new waterfront destination
12:40 Association of Legal Entities of “Trans-Caspian International Transport Route” project held General Meeting in Tbilisi
12:12 Aker Solutions targets growth in low carbon and renewable energy
11:48 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant delivered survey ship of Project 3330 built for Volga Basin
11:26 Technological infrastructure of Vostochny Port's Phase 3 highly appraised by Indian delegation
11:04 Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding deliveres a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier to Tomaros Navigation, Liberia
10:32 ASCO held meeting with representatives of Australian and Chinese companies
10:09 The world’s largest offshore wind farm welcomes Jan De Nul’s Voltaire to the project
09:50 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping introduced a new edition of the Container Rules set
09:31 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,806 points
09:15 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.49% to $59.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.83% to $54.03
09:08 CMA CGM implements Winter Surcharge on imports into St Petersburg, Ust-Luga & Bronka (Russia)
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 23
08:42 Europort 2019 launch led by shipowner summit

2019 October 22

18:09 Alfa Laval Aalborg boiler technology offers an easier path to LNG propulsion
17:53 NOVATEK issues update on Arc7 LNG tankers
17:30 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
17:02 Total and Zhejiang Energy Group join forces to develop the growing low sulfur marine fuel market
16:48 North-Western Shipping Company carried 3.7 million tonnes of cargo in 9M’2019
16:25 Wärtsilä retrofit to reduce environmental impact of ferry operating in ecologically sensitive waters
16:02 McDermott International enters into agreement for up to $1.7 bln of new financing
15:41 Latest Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessels for Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited arrive in Nigeria
15:27 Victor Chernomyrdin icebreaker successfully completed sea trials
15:02 Deltamarin signs design contracts with Merima
14:44 Pella shipyard started mooring trials for lead crab catching vessel of Project 03070
14:10 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
13:49 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet left Greek port of Pylos
13:02 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S upgrades EBITDA expectation for 2019
12:50 Marine Recruiting Agency trained 1,344 specialists for port and construction segments in 9M’19, up 14% YoY
12:28 DP World reports 1.1% gross like-for-like volume growth in 3Q 2019
12:26 ESPO congratulates port of Barcelona, Vigo and Baku for getting EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
12:01 Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principe accede to Cape Town Agreement, 46 declare support
11:45 MPSV12 project vessel "Bahtemir" took part in emergency response exercises in the Gulf of Finland
11:22 3rd “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference kicks off in Moscow
11:13 Bio-based welding-gas production facility to open in the port of Amsterdam
10:44 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Europe and the Mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand
10:20 BLRT Grupp’s Noblessner Homeport project wins in “Best Development Project of 2019” nomination
09:56 Poland's first training centre for port staff opened at the Port of Gdansk
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.22% to $58.83, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.26% to $53.37
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,846 points
08:31 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 22

2019 October 21

18:25 Navios Acquisition announces $15 mln offering of common stock
18:02 Temasek subsidiary plans to acquire 30.55% of shares in Keppel
17:50 Two LNG-powered Sovcomflot tankers successfully completed voyages along Northern Sea Route
17:36 Anglo-Eastern signs Cyber MOU with Naval Dome
17:13 Guard ship "Yaroslav Mudry" of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet made business call in Limassol
17:05 Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live
17:02 Castor Maritime announces vessel acquisition