• 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.

2020 January 27

14:01 High Speed Transfers takes delivery of fourth Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2710 in 18 months
13:35 Northern Fleet detachment leaves Mediterranean sea
13:13 Baltic Fleet guard ship Yaroslav Mudryi calls at the port of Oman
12:51 Klaipėda Port remains an important centre-line of the national economics
12:26 Largest ports of Latvia change their focus and intend to make investments to improve their competitiveness
11:10 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.59 million tonnes of cargo in 2019, up 1.5% Y-o-Y
09:59 Victor Golomolzin takes the helm of Oktyabrskaya Railway
09:37 Brent Crude futures price is down 3.41% to $58.62, Light Sweet Crude – down 2.29% to $52.95
09:37 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 27
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 557 points
09:06 CMA CGM cancelled PSS for cargo from Asia to North Africa
08:33 Port of Gothenburg container volumes up three per cent to 772,000 TEUs in 2019

2020 January 26

16:34 Harley Marine Services changes name to Centerline Logistics Corp
15:13 Island Class ferries move to Point Hope Maritime in Victoria
14:16 Wärtsilä integrated solutions will deliver efficiency and sustainability to three new short-sea vessels
13:32 USCG suspends search for missing person near Dauphin Island
12:03 Fincantieri strengthens the strategic partnership with Qatar
11:39 New LINKSPAN 7 arrives in Dublin Port
10:47 DOF Subsea awarded contracts in Australia

2020 January 25

16:11 “Flower Power” from Sanmar and Robert Allan Ltd. – 200 Tugs and Counting
15:27 USCG Cutter Polar Star arrives in Antarctica
13:11 TORM orders two scrubber-fitted LR2 newbuildings
12:47 USCG opens Blue Technology Center of Expertise
10:47 Hamburg Süd’s COO Frank Smet to step down
08:31 NORDEN signs charter for more women in shipping

2020 January 24

18:07 Port of Hamburg not expecting reduction in container throughput caused by liner service changes announced by Ocean Alliance and Maersk
17:42 First ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Rostock
17:40 Engineering troops to develop a plant for desalination of water in the Arctic
17:16 Gasum completes 200th ship-to-ship LNG bunkering
16:52 Carnival Mardi Gras floated out at Meyer Turku shipyard
16:51 Former COO of Stanlow refinery: “The first step of the digitalization is underway”
16:27 Tallink’s vessel Silja Europa to be renewed at Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland
16:04 United Heavy Lift GmbH Hamburg takes over a modern Heavy Lift fleet of nine eco-friendly F900 newbuildings
16:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and East Med to Far East, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea
15:32 First Deputy PM Andrey Belousov held meeting with senior executives of RF Transport Ministry
15:03 Dublin Port Company christens its new Pilot Boat, DPC Tolka
14:30 Sergey Sapegin takes the helm of Kaliningrad Railway
14:03 The Grande Houston delivered to the Grimaldi Group
13:25 Port of Guayaquil inaugurates deepened maritime access channel
12:58 Bunker prices are table at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces PSS for reefer exports from Ecuador to Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, Middle East & Asia
11:00 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the main propulsion engines for two patrol vessels
10:33 The ShipFC project to convert offshore vessel to run on ammonia-powered fuel cell
10:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 24
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.35% to $62.26, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.4% to $55.81
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 576 points

2020 January 23

19:00 Chembulk Tankers announces management changes
18:27 KOTUG provides salvage assistance to MV EM-OINOUSSES
18:07 Ocean Installer awarded contract with Dana Petroleum
17:42 Almost 290 cruise liners will call at Ports of Stockholm in 2020
17:37 NYK-operated coal carrier Sunshine Pride enters service for Joban Joint Power
17:19 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 2019 fell by 2% to 14.42 million tonnes (table)
16:48 Draft Strategy for Development of Russia’s Arctic Zone to be ready by 20 March 2020
16:05 The AUTOSHIP project receives funding of almost Euro 20.1 mln
15:21 probunkers signs LOI with Hyundai for the construction of two LNG bunker vessels
15:16 Perspectives for containers and ro-ro market discussed in Berlin
14:40 New intermodal train connection arranged from Luxembourg
13:37 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg spent RUB 11 million under its social and charity programmes in 2019
13:03 Global Ports Group to renew handling equipment
12:29 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves reconstruction at the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky