• 2019 May 8 15:29

    Kiel strengthens its partnership with MSC Cruises

    The Port of Kiel says it is going to intensify its long-lasting partnership with the shipping company of MSC Cruises. The corresponding letter of intent was signed on 27th April by Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman at MSC Cruises, and Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director at the PORT OF KIEL when the cruise ship “MSC Meraviglia” berthed in Kiel for its maiden call. Dirk Claus: “This agreement offers both partners good prospects for the future. Through the expansion of our terminal capacities in the Ostuferhafen port area, MSC will keep on expanding its presence in Northern Europe.” This morning, Pierfrancesco Vago, Dirk Claus and the President of the City of Kiel, Hans-Werner Tovar, opened the enhanced cruise terminal in Ostuferhafen which has been custom-tailored to the processes of MSC. During the onboard reception that followed, the traditional inaugural plaques were ceremoniously exchanged with Captain Mattia Manzi. The “MSC Meraviglia”, measuring 171,000 GT, is the vessel with the most international cruise ship passengers that visited the capital city of Schleswig-Holstein so far. And in the following 2020 season MSC will base a second cruise ship in Kiel, namely the “MSC Splendida”.

    The “MSC Meraviglia” arrived in Ostuferhafen in the early Saturday morning (27th April) to conclude its transfer journey from the Mediterranean Sea. The ship will head off to a total of 22 voyages throughout Northern Europe starting from Kiel as its homeport. The itineraries include the metropolises on the Baltic Sea (route: Kiel, Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Kiel) as well as the Norwegian fjords (route: Kiel, Copenhagen, Olden, Flam, Stavanger, Kiel). Dirk Claus: “The geographic location of Kiel makes it the perfect starting point for the so called Butterfly Cruises. Furthermore, the combination of the Baltic route and the Norway route is an interesting option.” Next to its position as a passenger turnaround port, Kiel is also a touristic destination. International guests boarding the ship in Copenhagen take international flair to the city and/or go on shore excursions throughout Schleswig-Holstein and to Hamburg. A shuttle service takes these guests from the terminal to the city centre. The first departure of the “MSC Meraviglia” in the evening will be led by the water fountains of a harbour tug and accompanied by atmospheric piano music from the landside. 

    MSC cruise ships have been frequently calling at the port for fourteen years now. The beginning was marked by the vessel “Rhapsody” on 4th September 2005 before Kiel became the shipping company’s port of origin and destination in 2006. Kiel has been part and parcel of the itinerary planning for Northern Europe ever since and has been visited 370 times by eleven different MSC cruise ships to date. Therefore, MSC ranks among the shipping companies with the most visits to Kiel. About 1.4 million MSC passengers have boarded or left a ship in Kiel so far. Another 200,000 guests are expected to come on top this year. During the Kiel Week, the “MSC Meraviglia” can be spotted twice on the fjord: on 22nd and 29th June. The last call of the ship’s Northern Europe Season on 21st September will mark the 392th visit of an MSC cruise ship in Kiel. The shipping company’s vessels will exclusively dock at the 400 m long Cruise Berth No. 1 in Ostuferhafen. The terminal, which has been adjusted to the processes of the MSC shipping company, now boosts a large luggage and check-in hall on an overall base area of 4,000 m2. Furthermore, the Ostuferhafen port apron has been generously redesigned and now also comprises an exclusive Port Parking car park.

2019 August 19

18:41 Andrey Zubarev takes the helm at Sea Port St. Petersburg
18:36 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to South America Eastcoast
18:26 Rosterminalugol YTD coal exports volume hits the 15-millionth-tonne mark
18:04 CMA CGM Group to take part in the Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 in Hong Kong
17:36 MPA launches Singapore’s first Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide
17:04 ACO Marine commissions a series of Clarimar wastewater treatment plants for Jadrolonija
16:35 Suez Canal Container Terminal announces plans to open reefer repair hub to all brands
16:19 Jumbo and GoodFuels partner to take sustainable bio-fuel oil to the offshore support market
16:11 Main phase of Beloomut hydro engineering system rehabilitation project to be completed by the end of 2019, Moscow Canal authority says
15:58 LR awards world’s first digital type approval to HHI
15:32 d’Amico International announces the sale of one of the vessels
15:09 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
14:17 JFD signs strategic partnership with Aquacentrum Den Helder to provide submarine escape training
13:09 Samsung Heavy Industries to win orders for 10 LNG-fueled vessels
12:53 Kraken’s ThunderFish® delivered to DRDC, Canada
12:09 Sinanju signs 2-year time charter agreement with ExxonMobil for LNG-powered “Marine Vicky”
11:18 MODEC announces issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
11:16 Registration underway for “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality” Roundtable
11:09 Busan Port-Qingdao Port concludes MOU to promote cruise business
10:08 RAN signs two year lease extension with the National Australia Bank for its two Cape Class Patrol Boats
09:43 Brent Crude futures edge up to $ 59,28, WTI – to $ 55,34
09:08 The BPA and the Port of Rotterdam Authority concludes a development agreement to construct and operate the Rotterdam Distribution Center
09:01 Baltic Dry Index rises 2% to 2088 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 19
08:49 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to Latin America

2019 August 18

16:51 USCG responds to ferry aground in Boston Harbor
15:09 NOAA awards $2.7 million in grants for marine debris removal and research
13:02 BAE Systems cuts steel for UK Royal Navy's HMS Cardiff
12:46 Kongsberg Digital simulation and software selected to fast-track R&D at new autonomous ship centre in Korea
11:05 NYK sponsors endangered Sea Turtle Research
10:56 Coast Guard cites passenger vessel for operating illegally, terminates voyage

2019 August 17

14:24 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel Facilities
13:31 Damen Shipyards Cape Town joins Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
12:28 CMA CGM announces rate restoration for Asia to West Africa trade
11:32 APL informs on voil sailing on Asia-Indian Subcontinent Service in August
10:58 Pre-commissioned USCG's Cutter Midgett makes second cocaine seizure within five days

2019 August 16

18:16 Port of Vyborg volumes in Jan-Jul plummet 29% to 687,700 tons
18:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:36 Norwegian Encore leaves MEYER WERFT's building dock
17:06 Balltec secures North Sea decommissioning contract from Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland
16:35 Canada Infrastructure Bank signs MoU with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur port expansion project
16:05 Vår Energi AS awarded an EPCI contract to Rosenberg Worley AS
16:03 Low-sulphur marine fuel sales by Gazprom Neft in the first half of the year increased by 11% to 121,400 tonnes
15:48 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
15:36 Throughout of oil port Primorsk in Jan-Jul 2019 increased 14% to 35.74 million tonnes
15:14 New mid-year record for container volumes through the Port of Vancouver
15:11 USCG repatriates 25 migrants to the Dominican Republic
14:27 Port of Vysotsk throughput in January-July rose 7% to 11.14 million tonnes
14:10 Austal signs A$126 mln contract to export two Cape Class Patrol Boats
13:14 Seven-month cargo volumes of Port of Ust-Luga increase 10% to 62 million tonnes (update)
13:05 NORDEN signs multiple long-term global contracts
12:05 APM Terminals Poti to implement uninterrupted 24/7 operations
11:39 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes rise 2% to 35 million tonnes (update)
11:05 Steel cutting ceremony for the next AIDA LNG cruise ship at MEYER WERFT
10:48 Tekmar Energy selected for Formosa 1 Phase 2
10:44 Port of Hamburg seaborne cargo throughput up 4.1 percent to 69.4 million tons in H1 2019
09:55 Crude futures prices tend upward again: Brent Crude rises to $ 58,88, WTI – to $ 55,16
09:34 Baltic Dry Index leaps 97pts to 2047 points
09:27 Bunker prices show mixed movements at Port of St. Petersburg
08:41 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 16