• 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 September 23

10:47 DEME unveils innovative nodule collector pre-prototype ‘Patania II’
10:33 Global Ship Lease secures additional charter coverage and adds Maersk Line to charterer portfolio
10:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Latin America to North Europe and South Europe

2018 September 21

18:06 Forth Ports wins prestigious award for community work
17:44 NCSP Group's cargo turnover for January–July 2018 totaled 82,351 thousand tons
17:28 First ISO-container ever loaded with liquefied natural gas at the LNG terminal in Świnoujście
17:06 Gibdock, RSP Systems and New Zealand fisheries choose LR
16:31 Outlook for marine cargo insurance challenging but opportunities remain for underwriters, says IUMI
16:04 Babcock ecoSMRT receives LR acknowledgement for ship application
15:09 Trafigura holds naming ceremony for first of 35 newbuild crude oil and product tankers
14:56 IBIA takes part in SIBCON 2018
14:27 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Pola Fiva, fifth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 built for Pola Rise
14:09 British International Freight Association fumes over sulphur surcharge
13:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 million passengers in 8M’18, up 10.5%, Y-o-Y
13:31 Maersk’s regional carriers go to market under one brand
13:09 GE Shipping takes delivery of Secondhand Very Large Gas Carrier “ Jag Vasant ”
12:50 ABP aims for frictionless trade with blockchain
12:28 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport declined by 1.9% to 3.6 million tonnes in 8M’18
12:09 COSCO SHIPPING Tanker (Dalian) takes delivery of 319,000 dwt Mt Cosnew Lake
11:07 Odfjell finalizes sale of Rotterdam tank terminal
10:36 ABP promotes South Wales ports as cruise destinations
10:07 Georgia Ports plan 8 million TEU capacity by 2028
09:54 Brent Crude futures price up 0.06% to $78.75, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.14% to $70.22
09:35 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,396 points
09:03 APL’s Eagle Express service makes a solution for precise logistics management
08:07 Yang Ming to upgrade China-Vietnam-Thailand service
07:20 Iskes Towage names twin Damen ASD Tugs 3212 Mars and Mercurius

2018 September 20

21:17 Expert says production declines and geopolitical unrest may push bunker prices up
18:02 SITC holds naming & delivery ceremony for M/V “SITC TOYOHASHI”
17:54 Sovcomflot participates in Eastern Economic Forum’s business programme
17:30 Kurt Bodewig appointed as new European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea
17:07 Port of Singapore holds annual multi-agency ferry emergency exercise
16:46 IAPH regional conference sets pan-African ports agenda
16:25 UAE to host Dubai Marine Insurance Conference 2018 on November 20-21
16:07 Governments of New Zealand and Australian announce fumigation requirement for import cargos
15:48 Sovcomflot is a Partner of the Second Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia”
15:32 NYK product tanker rescues 28 fishermen off the coast of Colombia
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
14:56 Admiralteiskie Verfi launches the Kronshtadt, diesel-electric submarine of Project 677
14:32 DNV GL releases autonomous and remotely operated ship guideline (UPDATE)
14:04 Port of Long Beach awarded $4.2 mln security grant
13:32 ABS supports innovative yacht design with dedicated guidance notes and software
13:20 Finnish Transport Agency: international seaborne transport volumes show significant boost
13:04 Port of Antwerp works on structural solutions to improve mobility
12:43 Arctic group of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet enters Chukchi Sea through Bering Strait
12:30 Wison receives AiP from LR for 300MW FSRP
12:04 Port of Rotterdam and Rönesans Holding sign agreement for petrochemical industrial zone in Turkey
11:49 IMO to start consideration of legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel
11:30 Gulftainer signs 50-year, $600 million concession to operate and expand Port of Wilmington in Delaware, USA
11:18 Fuel oil prices are going up the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:04 Green Corridor JIP delivers innovative bulk carrier designs for a low emissions future
10:55 IMO takes important step to facilitate use of methanol
10:30 HHI receives AiP from LR for a VLGC design capable of using LPG as fuel
10:19 Brent Crude futures price up 0.3% to $79.64, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.61% to $71.2
10:03 OpenIJ starts sinking operation of the lock gate chamber at the Port of Amsterdam
09:50 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg ("Marine Façade") welcomed MSC Meraviglia
09:34 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to East Africa
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,373 points
09:03 Port of Rotterdam organises information meeting about the replacement of Maaskade quay wall