• 2019 January 17 18:13

    PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018

    Kiel continues to pursue its growth course in passenger traffic posting a 4.2 % increase with 2.2 million travellers, the company said in its release. At the same time, the port’s cargo sector was unable to match the top results of the reference period (2017: 7.4 million tons, +14.3 %). The handling performance decreased by 3.5 % to 7.15 tons of cargo in 2018.

    The ferry traffic sector is the core business of the port and with 6 million tons, it makes up 80 % of the overall transhipment activities. While the liner services to Norway (+2.3 %) and to the Baltic States (+1.6 %) show growth, 10 % less tons of cargo were transported on the Kiel – Gothenburg route. One of the reasons is a long layover at the shipyard for “Stena Scandinavica” at the beginning of last year as it was fitted with a modern exhaust gas cleaning system and was not available for service during that time. The weekly liner service to and from Russia re-mained nearly at the same level due to continuing mutual restrictions on trade. The bulk cargo handling sector concluded the year with a drop of 2.0 % at 1.2 tons. Again the biggest single volume was handled on the Kiel – Klaipeda service of the DFDS shipping company last year. Its frequency had even been augmented intermediately with an eighth and ninth departure in autumn.

    The Color Line shipping company expands its cargo business by operating the supplementary freight ferry “Color Carrier” on the Kiel – Oslo route since the beginning of January. The roro-freighter offers three round trips a week which complement the daily departures of the large passenger ferries. Hence, the annual transport capacity is boosted to 80,000 cargo units.

    In the first instance, the Nor-wegenkai was integrated into the schedule of the Hamurg-Billwerder train shuttle operating from Mondays till Fridays, which reaches all national combined transhipment stations over-night. In the past year, nearly 29,000 trailers and containers were loaded onto wagons in Kiel. As the train connection to Trieste has been suspended, the planned milestone of 30,000 units could though not be reached.

    The PORT OF KIEL is currently investing more than 30 million Euros in port expansion and environmental protection. The port apron of the Ostuferhafen will be redesigned by spring so that logistical processes can be optimized and the hard standing space for trucks, trailers and cars will be expanded. In the meantime, the construction works for the first onshore-power supply plant of the commercial port are in full swing in the city port. The plant, which will supply eco-friendly electricity to the vessels of Color Line, will be completed by Easter. At the same time, a Europe-wide tender for onshore-power supply plants to be installed at Ostseekai and Schwedenkai is being prepared.

    The largest individual investments of the PORT OF KIEL are the on-shore power supply plant at the Ostseekai and the brand-new sec-ond terminal for cruise passengers, amounting to 13 million and 9 million Euros. The new building of 3,700 m² abuts the existing one on its northern side and the two of them will form an ensemble. Up to now, two cruise ships have been handled at one Ostseekai Terminal, how-ever, in the future there will be a dedicated building for each ship.

    Last year, Kiel was visited on 169 separate occasions (143 in 2017) by 34 different cruise ships with a total gross tonnage of more than 11.5 million – an increase of 15.3 % over the previous year. Nearly 600,000 cruise passengers boarded or left a cruise ship at the different terminals, an increase of 16.5 %.

    To date 179 visits to Kiel by 33 different cruise ships have been registered. Total gross tonnage will increase to over 15 million and the number of passengers could reach 620,000. The most fre-quent guests this season will be the ships of AIDA/Costa, TUI Cruises and MSC with AIDA and TUI Cruises calling at the port with 4 different vessels each. The biggest cruise ship this year will be the “MSC Meraviglia” with 171,600 GT and offering 5,700 passenger beds. New visitors will also be the “Nieuw Statendam” of Holland America Line as well as “AIDAprima” which will be the first cruise ship to be supplied with eco-friendly LNG during its stay in port. The regular season will start on 31st March with a visit by the “Viking Sky” and will end mid-October. At the moment, however, the latest newbuild of the Meyer Turku shipyard, the “Mein Schiff 2”, can be seen in Kiel. It will be handed over to the shipping company of TUI Cruises on 22nd January.




2019 April 21

15:38 WheelHouse names Ian Morris as Vice President of Operations
14:34 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and East Med to Far East, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea
12:37 USCG offloads 970 pounds of cocaine and 550 pounds of marijuana
11:31 CMA CGM hikes rates on Asia to Kenya, Tanzania service
11:07 Kinder Morgan raises dividend by 25%, announces Q1 2019 results

2019 April 20

16:31 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia - the Middle East Gulf trade
15:02 MOL pledges support for Mozambique in wake of devastating cyclone
14:42 USCG Cutter Waesche crew returns home after 95-day counter-narcotics patrol
13:27 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trade
13:12 Carnival Cruise Line, CFVI unveil revitalized Griffith Park in St. Thomas for local children
12:26 BC Ferries celebrates Earth Day with the return of the Spirit of Vancouver Island
11:04 Certification of Arkona offshore wind farm by DNV GL confirms safe and reliable power supply
10:49 Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction
10:38 Boskalis acquires EUR 75M dredging contracts in Indonesia

2019 April 19

18:07 Keppel posts net profit of S$203M in 1Q 2019
17:28 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg to complete Phase 1 of Berth No7 reconstruction in summer 2019
17:04 Saudi Aramco partners with the Saudi Contractors Authority fostering collaboration at ‘Future Projects Forum’
16:57 BAE Systems Jacksonville secures Navy's conntract mod for DDG 117
15:04 Hyundai LNG Shipping announces order for one VLGC at HHI
14:55 Marina for 100 yachts to be built in Feodosia by Firm “TES” LLC
14:10 C-Fenna successfully completes Fugro 1200 jackup towing operations
13:32 ESPO congratulates Port of Huelva for renewing EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
13:07 Spirit of Vancouver Island vessel returns to service after mid-life upgrade including conversion to natural gas
12:44 New High Bay Container Storage system launched as “BOXBAY”
12:10 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
11:39 Port Arthur LNG receives FERC authorization for export project in Texas
11:08 Dual-fuel AET tankers conduct maiden LNG bunkering
10:43 Largest barge of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company undergone overhaul
10:19 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.04% to $71.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.38% to $64
09:56 Bunker prices are sable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:35 TransContainer’s transportation volumes in Q1’2019 increased by 7.7% Y-o-Y to 492,000 TEUs
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 790 points
07:42 GTT receives an order from DSME for the tank design of a new LNG carrier

2019 April 18

18:36 South Stream Transport B.V. and Saipem announce the amicable settlement of mutual differences
18:06 Seaway 7 selected as partner to develop Hollandse Kust Zuid Offshore Wind Farm
17:36 WinGD reports strong first quarter 2019
17:11 Launching ceremony held for eighth shallow-draft barge of Project ROB20
17:05 SOFEC completes engineering, supply and delivery of mooring system
16:26 Port of Murmansk to welcome eight cruise liners in summer season of 2019
16:05 Cooperation agreement between Eimskip and Royal Arctic line approved by the Icelandic Competition Authority
15:44 Navios Acquisition announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for three MR2 product tankers and two LR1 product tankers
15:12 Nefteflot laid down two barges of Project RDB12 ordered by STLC
15:10 MOL to acquire strategic stake in six group companies, each owning a Very Large Ethane Carrier
14:40 Port of Rotterdam freight throughput grows by 5.1% in first quarter of 2019
13:44 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 Biggest European shipbuilders collaborate on vessel connectivity in project Code Kilo
12:49 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for the first quarter 2019
12:13 Frontex, EMSA and EFCA open second annual European Coast Guard Event
11:51 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combat training missions as part of final check for winter training season
11:27 ASCO took part in TransRussia-2019
11:00 ZIM joins to blockchain shipping solution TradeLens
10:44 Shareholders agreement on construction of Lavna terminal signed under Murmansk Transport Hub project
10:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $71.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $63.82
10:09 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
09:53 Keppel secures integration and upgrading contracts worth around S$160 million
09:37 Tri-City ports take part in Seatrade Cruise Global
09:36 Bunker Market this morning, April 18
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 767 points

2019 April 17

19:00 SMS Towage’s Humber fleet adds new tug
18:36 CMA CGM has announced FAK rates from Asia to North Africa