• 2019 March 19 12:20

    Global cruise industry meets at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2019

    The biennial Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum has established itself as one of the most influential events for the international cruise industry, thanks to the strategic role of the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions in terms of destination diversification, passenger demand and fleet deployment considerations.   

    This year’s event, to be held from May 28-29 at the Domotel Kastri Conference Center, in Athens’ northern suburbs, will host over 30 highly influential senior cruise executives responsible for ports and destinations from the world’s biggest cruise lines, including MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America Group, Disney Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Celestyal Cruises among others.

    Many of them will also participate at a meeting of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) European Ports and Destinations Advisory Committee, to be held at the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum for the first time and engage with the region’s destination representatives on the exhibition floor and the event’s many networking opportunities.

    Elisabetta De Nardo, VP Port Development, MSC Cruises and Chairman of CLIA’s European Port & Destination Advisory Committee, said: “Greece continues to be a region of great importance for the international cruise industry. In recent years, following geopolitical instability in other areas across the Mediterranean Sea, Greece has assumed an even more prominent role in Eastern Med cruise itineraries. The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum is the top cruise event in this wonderful and strategic region that is the Eastern Med. I look forward to discussing the challenges and opportunities that we face with other stakeholders.”

    Some of these opportunities include the impending legislation that kicks-off the 2nd phase of the Greek ports privatisation process, effectively allowing global cruise port operators to invest in cruise terminal concessions across the country, a much-awaited move likely to increase homeporting. These developments have also attracted the interest of leading cruise terminal operators, such as Global Ports, who will be present in Athens at the event.

    As of May, the first in line port privatisations are Alexandroupoli and Kavala. The list also includes top cruise destinations Corfu and Heraklion, both of which have confirmed their participation as PSTF 2019 exhibitors, together with Piraeus and Rhodes. Their participation at the Forum will enable them to meet with members of the CLIA Ports and Destinations Advisory Committee and other stakeholders.

    Having just received the prestigious Best Destination – Leisure award at the recent ITB exhibition in Berlin, Greece is the destination of choice for 35 million tourists annually, mainly thanks to its climate and two idyllic island archipelagos, an iconic operational theatre for the world’s biggest cruise lines.

    An increasing number of arrivals comes from the US; according to Athens International Airport data, the number of American arrivals has increased over 113% during the last five years with many travelling to the country for its varied cruise product options.

    In response, the major US cruise lines have increased their 2019 Greek ports of call, and other niche players such as Disney Cruises, are resuming operations in the country as early as next year. Their itineraries include the ports of Piraeus and Katakolon, near ancient Olympia. Also, the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete have been announced as ports of call for the company’s 12-night and 9-night cruises next summer, following a five-year absence from the market. Disney has confirmed its participation at the Posidonia Forum and plans to meet with destinations as preparations for its return to the region have started.

    Buoyed by stronger tourist arrivals from North America, the renewed long-term commitment of US cruise operators to Greece is matched by a traditionally strong and fast-growing presence of European counterparts. MSC Cruises has some 400 calls in Greek port destinations in 2019, making this its busiest year for Greece. Many cruise lines are taking advantage of the popularity of Santorini and Mykonos, with the latter also securing many overnight calls for this summer season. 2020 will also see a return of a number of cruise lines to Turkey’s western coastline, as well as to Istanbul.

    This year will also see the largest number of small cruise ships with a capacity of under 500 passengers cruising in East Med. This new trend of cruising on small luxury or expedition vessels is especially important for the smaller island or mainland ports that do not have the infrastructure or technical characteristics required for the larger vessels thus opening many more destinations to cruising.

    Airam Diaz Pastor, president of the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MedCruise), said: “Ports, terminals and destinations from the East Med, Black Sea and Red Sea are experiencing an increase in cruise passengers and calls and cruise lines are confirming their itineraries for 2020 and 2021 in the region. Moreover, both turnaround and transit calls are coming back to Turkey, which will have a positive impact in the whole region.”

    In this context, and to promote a sustainable cruise business in these regions, MedCruise has launched two Working Groups composed by port members and associated members. One Working Group is focused on Black Sea region and another one on North Africa; main aim of both Working Groups is to promote these regions as cruise destinations.

    “We believe that the recovery of the cruise business in these regions will have a positive impact on the surrounding areas. It means that Greece, located at the centre of the

     

    East Med, will benefit from the growth in cruise activities in North Africa and Black Sea as well as in the Adriatic,” added Airam Diaz Pastor.

    The 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum is organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy and is supported by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MEDCRUISE), the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association, the Greek Marinas Association, the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies, the Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members, the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist and Travel Agencies (fedHATTA). Silver sponsors are the Piraeus Port Authority and HEMEXPO and Bronze Sponsors are Air France - KLM - Delta, Aktina Travel Group, Global Ports Holding and Celestyal Cruises.




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
18:06 DESMI's CompactClean Ballast Water Management System receives US Coast Guard Type Approval
17:36 Denmark's first new-build hybrid ferry on key passenger route
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:38 Matson receives new cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal
16:17 Stena Europe undergoes refit upgrades in Turkey
16:11 Kuehne + Nagel launches first online seafreight service solution with guaranteed lead time in container shipping
15:40 HELCOM addressed nutrients, stormwater and microlitter issues at PRESSURE 10-2019
15:04 Murmansk Commercial Seaport commissions dust and wind shields
14:39 Port of Riga and Port of Qingdao sign Cooperation Agreement
14:02 Damen launches two road ferries for Canadian operator BC Ferries
13:22 DNV GL awards CMHI AIPs for two new offshore designs
12:53 Pacific Fleet warships and Royal Thai Navy hold joint trainings in the Sea of Japan
12:31 Port of Cardiff prepares for start of 2019 cruise season
12:22 Tristar Group signs second major deal with Shell for 6 chemical tankers
12:06 Far East ports’ capacity exceeds that of Russian Railways by 30-40%
11:38 Gazprom Neft completed development of logistic scheme for shipments of Arctic oil under Novy Port project (video)
11:09 GTT posts revenues of €58.9 million in Q1 2019
10:45 Yury Gilts appointed as Managing Director of Volga Shipping Company
10:23 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.36% to $71.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $64.48
10:09 Arkona offshore wind farm switched on in the Baltic Sea
09:37 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:34 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr.17
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 749 points
09:04 Keppel receives final approval for the conversion of Gimi FLNG project

2019 April 16

18:36 Bahri further strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region
18:06 Talos Energy provides additional update on Zama appraisal program
17:50 SCF's “Green Finance” wins Marine Money award
17:36 Songa Bulk ASA to merge with Axxis Geo Solutions AS
17:21 Amphibious ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet take part in drills in the Barents Sea
17:06 Fincantieri delivers FREMM “Antonio Marceglia” to the Italian Navy
16:56 Scorpio Bulkers announces sale and leaseback agreements for six dry bulk vessels
16:43 Digital Container Shipping Association launched with Maersk exec installed as CEO
16:22 Nauticor commences supply of LNG by ship to the Gothia Tanker Alliance