Passenger Port of St. Petersburg expects 232 calls in 2015
Passenger Port of St. Petersburg has prepared for arrivals of 232 cruise ships in 2015, including ferries (no cargo handling), with 490,000 passengers on board that will visit St. Petersburg, the port operator said at a meeting on the organization of passenger traffic in the shipping season of 2015.
"The navigation season kicks off on May 2 with arrival of Costa Pacifica, and will close on October 26 after call of Marco Polo”, the IAA PortNews correspondent quoted Igor Latish, Director Economics & Finance, "Passenger Port of St. Petersburg" Marine Facade as saying.
The Passenger Port will see maiden calls of 14 passenger ships: AID Acara, AID Adiva, 330-m-long Britannia, Caribbean Princess, 315-meter Celebrity Silhouette, Costa Favolosa, Magellan, Mein Schiff 4, MSC Sinfonia, 330-meter Regal Princess, Serenade of the Seas, Viking Star, including two sailing ship Sea Cloud 2 and Wind Surf.
As previously reported, the planned passenger traffic through the passenger port of St. Petersburg in 2015 may grow by 3% year-on-year to reach 498,000 tourists.
In the 2014 shipping season Passenger Port of St. Petersburg received and handled 234 cruise ships and five cruise ferries, carrying 483,456 passengers, or 2-3% below 2013 figures.
About Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg
The city of St. Petersburg owned Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg «Marine Façade» PLC is the largest passenger seaport in Russia. Construction of Marine Façade started in 2006. The port is able to receive and accommodate cruise and ferry ships of up to 311 m long and with a draft of up to 9 m. The length and depth of new access channels is 10 km and 11 m, accordingly. The port operates seven piers. The passenger port's quay wall length is 2,171.06 m.