• 2018 May 19 07:50

    Port of Kiel welcomes “Saga Sapphire” maiden visit

    The first of four visits to Kiel this season by the British shipping company Saga Cruises began early Thursday with the arrival on the Kiel Fiord of the “Saga Sapphire” with 640 English-speaking passengers on board. The flagship of the Saga fleet was met by a local tug near the Friedrichsort Beacon and within sight of the entrance to the Kiel Canal. To the accompaniment of a water fountain display by the tug, the ship was escorted to her berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal. During the course of a reception later on the ship, port head Dr Dirk Claus presented Captain Julian Burgess with the traditional commemorative plaque awarded by the Schleswig-Holstein federal state capital Kiel to ships visiting the port for the first time. Dirk Claus, who is the Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “Saga Cruises is one of those shipping companies which have discovered Kiel for themselves as a gateway for land excursions in north Germany and which, with increasing regularity, now include the port in their route planning. We are delighted to enjoy such a good partnership with Saga Cruises and we would like to further expand it in future.”

    During their stay in Kiel, the passengers of “Saga Sapphire” had an opportunity to undertake a wide variety of land excursions. On offer are trips ranging from city tours in both Kiel and the Hanse city of Lübeck and scenic excursions to Holstein Switzerland – a local region of hills and lakes - to visits to the seaside spa resort of Laboe. Other excursions take visitors as far as the city of Hamburg. Dirk Claus said: “Schleswig-Holstein has a lot to offer its guests as a holiday destination and is becoming ever more attractive to international travellers.” Kiel expects a total of 22 visits during this season as part of ongoing cruises. Day stays in Kiel are an integral part of route planning at the shipping companies Cunard Line, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland-America-Line, MSC Crociere, Ponant, Pullmantur, P&O Cruises, Saga Cruises and Viking Ocean Lines. Because the Ostseekai Terminal is very close to the City Centre, passengers also have an opportunity to explore Kiel on their own. The passengers on “Saga Sapphire” were able to enjoy Kiel in the evening as well, because their ship was remaining berthed overnight at the Ostseekai.

    The 37,049 GT “Saga Sapphire”, which is 200 m long, is on a ten-day ‘Scandinavia Cities’ cruise which began on May 10th in Dover. After visits to Oslo, Copenhagen and Aarhus, Kiel was the last stop on her trip, which ends back in Dover on Sunday, May 20th. The ship called at Kiel for the first time with the name “Saga Sapphire” but is in fact a well-known visitor to the Kiel Fiord under another name. She was built at the Bremer Vulkan Shipyard in 1981 as “Europa” and was the fifth ship of that name for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. During her time with that operator the “Europa” called at least once almost every year at Kiel’s Bollhörnkai. Her last visit was on June 19th 1999. After that she sailed with Star Cruises, Pullmantur (2004) and Crocieres de France (2007) before going into service with Saga Cruises in 2012. “The visit of “Saga Sapphire” is at one and the same time a maiden call and a reunion”, said Dirk Claus. “In the meantime Kiel has consistently invested in the cruise shipping sector. This year we start construction of another terminal handling facility”, he added.

    The SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG operates Kiel’s commercial port on behalf of the federal state capital Kiel, of which it is a 100% subsidiary. A total of three modern passenger terminals are available in close proximity to the city centre at Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai. In addition, cruise ships can tie up at Berth 1 in the Ostuferhafen. During the 2018 season Kiel expects 165 visits by 32 different cruise ships. By the end of the season, it is expected that some 600,000 cruise ship passengers will have embarked on or disembarked from cruise ships. Along with “Saga Sapphire”, Saga Cruises’ “Saga Pearl 2” is also expected to visit Kiel this year.




2018 December 18

18:21 Uniper SE and MOL enter into agreement on FSRU project in Germany, and one additional LNG transportation agreement
18:00 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.3% to 8.47 billion tonnes in 11M’18
17:46 Rolls-Royce to deliver advanced ship technology to two more expedition cruise vessels for Mystic Cruises
17:43 Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth enters LR class
17:27 SOL adds Finnish port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad to the Zeebrugge route network
17:04 Finnpilot Pilotage BoD decided for no increase in the pilotage fees for 2019
16:42 GTT bags yet another tank design order for LNGC duo
16:38 PRA starts construction of new plastics recycling facility at the Port of Amsterdam
16:25 Arctia and Meritaito join forces to expand their range of services
16:09 Crowley integrates DFTS management into government solutions group to unify supply chain services
15:42 KN enhances its relations with American LNG giants
15:18 BW Group Limited purchased 137,000 shares
14:53 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 680 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
14:28 Shell Oman and Port of Duqm ink agreement to develop fuel bunkering facilities
14:11 Golar LNG receives LNTP for an FLNG vessel for Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim Project P1, West Africa
13:47 WEG and Praxis sign MoU to support Damen Saab bid for the Brazilian Navy
13:41 Eni gets approval of the investment plan for Merakes Development Project in Indonesia
13:22 Sovcomflot closes USD 264 million long-term revolving credit facility
12:58 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 Antwerp, Belgium will host the 3rd European Environmental Ports Conference on 12-13 June 2019
12:19 Keppel receives limited notice to proceed for GIMI FLNG
11:57 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 17-18
11:35 Terna’s MONITA HVDC Project: Nexans reaches key milestone with successful completion of submarine power cable
11:10 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 17.96 million TEUs in Jan-Nov’18
10:46 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 11M’18 down 1.8% Y-o-Y to 45.49 million tonnes
10:23 Maersk announces rate increase for Far East to North Europe trade
10:05 Brent Crude futures price down 1.53% to $58.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.61% to $49.39
09:47 Austal export opportunity supported by Australian Government financing
09:31 Rosatom drafted Rules for providing navigational and hydrographic support in NSR waters
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,406 points

2018 December 17

18:23 Sembcorp Marine retains its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider with newbuilds projects delivered in 2018
18:02 USPA announced tenders for dredging in Mariupol and Berdiansk seaports
17:48 SITC holds naming and delivery ceremony for M/V SITC SENDAI
17:37 ONE to implement LSF surcharge in China and Taiwan
17:15 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for January-October totaled 116,946 thousand tons
16:41 Moody's reaffirms Panama Canal's A2 long-term rating with stable outlook
16:26 Port of Oakland shatters 11-year-old record for November imports
15:54 Yamal LNG will build one more natural gas liquefaction facility
15:27 Nor-Shipping and Nordic Innovation team up for “Sea Meets Land” funding initiative
15:17 PETRONAS releases Annual Activity Outlook report for 2019-2021
14:56 NOVATEK elects a new member to the Management Board
14:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,328 in RF spot market
14:13 Damen’s triple delivery for Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting
13:41 Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy warships practice inspection operation as part of Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian naval exercise
13:19 Queen Máxima christens Van Oord's TSHD Vox Amalia
12:58 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 16-17
12:36 Samsung Heavy Industries secures yet another contract for an LNGC
12:23 Saab secures shipping safety contract for Shangai container port
12:00 Composit supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58
09:58 Port of Singapore throughput in 11M’18 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 575.44 million tonnes
09:40 Floating regasification plant “Marshal Vasilevsky” arrives in Kaliningrad
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,401 points

2018 December 16

16:09 Navios Acquisition completes acquisition of Navios Midstream
15:23 Thun Tankers names environmentally adapted tanker Thun Evolve
13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia
12:32 Executives must watch both sea and air amid trade war tensions, warns Xeneta