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Malmo gets low-sulphur marine diesel facility

From January 1 the sulphur limit in fuel was reduced to 0.1% with significant effects on the Emissions Control Area (ECA) of the North Sea, Baltic Sea and English Channel. To enable vessels to bunker with the new fuel in the region, Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) and Scandinavian Tank Storage (STS) are jointly investing in the port of Malmo to...Read more

Shore power takes a back seat to scrubbers as ECA 0.1% kicks in

It doesn’t seem so long ago that cold ironing/shorepower was a key talking point when it came to combatting cruiseship emissions in port but things have moved on apace. With the start of the new year came the 0.1% sulphur limit in Emission Control Areas which has concentrated many a mind and resulted in the ordering and installation of millions of...Read more

Amsterdam City Council gives the go-ahead for new lock

On November 26, the City Council of Amsterdam said ‘yes’ to the accelerated and expanded construction of the new large sea lock in IJmuiden, with the one-off investment required for this being given the green light. The new lock will be operational in 2019. It will be 500m in length, 18m deep and 65m wide. It will safeguard the ongoing...Read more

Bergen begins homeporting to newcomer Viking Star this year

Torstein Hagen’s new cruise line, Viking Ocean Cruises, will use Bergen as a homeport with first ship, Viking Star, being baptised in Bergen on May 17. She will make four calls at Skoltegrunnskaien in town. Total numbers though are down. Helen Hovland, maketing manager cruise Port of Bergen, commented: “For 2015 it looks like the Port of Bergen,...Read more

Leixoes set new records in 2014

Leixoes clocked up 78 calls last year, 11 more than in 2013 making 2014 the best year ever. AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises began operations at the port for the first time bringing AIDAluna and Mein Schiff 1. Other newcomers were Adonia, Louis Aura, Horizon and Costa Luminosa. The highlight of the year was the arrival of TUI Cruises’ newbuilding Mein...Read more

Parking in Dover has an 11-year track record of safety

More than 25 cruise brands and 250,000 passengers call Dover every year and many of those sailing drive to the UK port. Dover has been awarded the Park Mark Award for safe, secure car parking since its inception in 2003. The Park Mark Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Associations of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), aimed at reducing crime...Read more

Bremerhaven’s future looks bright

In 2014 the Bremerhaven terminal processed 63 departures with a total of well over 70,000 passengers, 6,000 more than in the previous year. New visitors included Oceania Cruises’ Nautica and Marina and Pullmantur’s Empress. Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven commented: “We are particularly pleased about the latter development as Pullmantur is one...Read more

Cherbourg receives first Japanese cruiseship

In April 2014 the French port of Cherbourg received its first Japanese cruiseship Asuka II which berthed on Quai de France during her world tour. She was one of seven newcomers and 32 calls during the year when 40,450 passengers and 17,302 crew visited. The 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings in June related commemorative events resulted in...Read more

Vigo involves the community through a training conference

In January the Port of Vigo hosted a second conference in collaboration with the Tourism Board to share with the port community and agents, the different perspectives, insights and approaches behind the concept of a port as a cruise destination. The training conference was organised by Cruises News Media Group and received a high high attendance,...Read more

Double call in Tilbury brought Christmas cheer

December was one of the busiest months ever for the London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury. Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo and Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s Black Watch were alongside the 348m floating Landing Stage, simultaneously embarking passengers for parties alongside and Christmas Market mini-cruises to Zeebruges and Amsterdam. In one day a...Read more