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Zeebrugge opens new terminal

Every year Zeebrugge, the port of Bruges, welcomes more than 140 cruiseships bringing some 400,000 passengers to discover the manyfold tourist attractions Flanders and Belgium have to offer. Currently Zeebrugge is a transit call but with the help of the city of Bruges it will now have the capability to offer soft and full turnaround opportunities...Read more

Aberdeen adds four new quays

In 2017, Aberdeen Harbour commenced a £350m (€398m) expansion project in Nigg Bay which, when complete, will make Aberdeen the largest port in Scotland in terms of alongside berthage. In addition to the established North Harbour, the new South Harbour will add four new quays, the longest of which will be 500m. This will open up another 1,400m of...Read more

Work has begun on Liverpool’s new terminal

In late May an overwater jack-up platform arrived in the River Mersey to begin site investigations on the bedrock on which much of the new facility will be built. The aim is to establish the strength of the seabed near to the Princes Jetty. Working around the clock, drillers, engineering geologists and support crew will be drilling a total of...Read more

Trondheim improves its facilities

Work has begun on building the new 200 t bollard at 240m west of the cruise quay in Trondheim. It is due to be completed this summer and will allow vessels of up to 360m in length to come alongside. At present the longest vessel that has been docked is 345m. “The new bollard will improve mooring of the longer vessels significantly,” explained...Read more

CE chairman alters course

Cruise Europe (CE) chairman Captain Michael McCarthy retired from his position as commercial manager with the Port of Cork Company on May 14 but, as those of us who know him are well aware, this does not mean he will be getting out his pipe and slippers. Nor will he be stepping down from his well-established role in the shipping industry: just...Read more

Slow speeding regulations are being considered in Norway

Speed limitation in the Norwegian World Heritage fjords is one of several measures the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) is considering in order to limit pollution from ships in these areas. DNV GL carried out a study on the authority’s behalf to assess the effect of a speed reduction, what that speed should be and to quantify the resulting...Read more

Dublin welcomes the first cruiseship to call the city home

The first cruiseship to ever homeport Dublin was met by dancers and musicians on April 29 prior to her mini-season from the Irish port. Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse brings 2,850 passengers into the city on each of its five sailings starting from Dublin this year, resulting in 14,000 visitors. The inaugural 10-night Ireland Iceland sailing...Read more

Fred Olsen launches inaugural Balmoral cruise season from Edinburgh

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship, 1,350-passenger Balmoral, began her inaugural cruise season from Rosyth, Edinburgh, on May 16 on a 10-night Swedish Waterways & Cities sailing. Nine sailings will take place this year between May and July. This is one more departure than on Black Watch in 2017. Clare Ward, director product and customer...Read more

Copenhagen: 2017 figures are strong

Turnover at Cruise Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) for 2017 increased from SEK812m (€79m) to SEK839m. The cruise segment again broke records and made a substantial contribution to the increased turnover. Operating income improved by SEK35m to SEK78m. During the year CMP received 849,000 cruise passengers which is an increase of almost 16%. The number...Read more

The 27th CEC took place in St Petersburg in April

The stunning city of St Petersburg played host to this year’s Cruise Europe conference (CEC) April 24 to 26 which was attended by 160 international guests from the lines, the press and CE members. Conference moderator Nigel Lingard kept the packed conference day on track, ensuring that delegates could also maximise networking opportunities, of...Read more

St Petersburg is planning ahead

St Petersburg is the only passenger port in Russia, according to Vadim Kashirin, ceo Passenger Port of St Petersburg Marine Facade (PSPMC). Speaking during the Cruise Europe conference in April, he reminded those attending that it took two years to build the Marine Facade facility with Bermello Ajamil & Partners being the consultants. This...Read more

Cruise quay in Visby begins operations

The new cruise quay in Visby was officially inaugurated on April 29 with a call from AIDAdiva. The venture is a collaboration between Region Gotland and Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) with the former building the quay and the latter taking responsibility for the actual operations. At the same time, both parties are marketing Gotland as a destination...Read more

Kristiansand offers shorepower

In cooperation with Danish company PowerCon and local energy company Agder Energi Nett, the shorepower system in Kristiansand will be Europe’s largest. The facility is financed through the EU Horizon-2020 programme for research and innovation. It is of such a scale that even the world’s largest cruiseships can connect and shut down the engines...Read more

MSC Bellissima to be christened in Southampton

MSC Cruises has revealed that flagship-to-be MSC Bellissima will be christened in Southampton on March 2, 2019. More than 2,000 guests, including VIPs and British stakeholders, are expected to attend. Antonio Paradiso, managing director MSC UK and Ireland, commented: “This is a huge demonstration of our commitment to the UK market and the city of...Read more

Hamburg booked for MSC christening as another strong season begins

The first of the Meraviglia-plus ships, MSC Grandiosa, will be christened in Hamburg on November 2, 2019. Meanwhile MSC Meraviglia made her maiden call on April 29 marking the start of her new, as well as the brand’s best and most accessible-ever season, in Northern Europe. Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman, commented: “Since our...Read more

Portland’s berth extension reaps rewards

Portland's cruise season began with the 20th call from a Phoenix Reisen vessel. The company is the first to reach this milestone and so the port commissioned a hand-carved Portland stone plaque in presentation. This was followed by the arrival of Norwegian Breakaway on an inaugural call. She is the longest and heaviest vessel to ever dock and will...Read more

Passengers to Flam can experience a groundbreaking zero emission boat ride

On April 19 tourist ship owner and operator The Fjords took delivery of a vessel it believes sets new standards for environmentally-responsible passenger transport. Future of the Fjords - a 42m-long, carbon fibre, 400-passenger, all-electric catamaran - begins operating in mid-May. She will make around 700 yearly roundtrips along the Unesco World...Read more

Dover at full capacity for the first time since 2016

On May 7 three cruiseships called at Dover's historic Western Docks - the first time Dover Cruise has been at full capacity since 2016. Plantours’ Hamburg and AIDA Cruises’ AIDAsol both made a welcome return whilst Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sun made an inaugural call which is hoped to be the start of a long- standing partnership between the...Read more

Rouen witnesses historic ship passing

Rouen is known for being the closest cruise port to Paris. Cruiseships of up to 240m in length make the journey up the River Seine and stay overnight in the city. It is very rare that larger cruise ships pass each other on the river as there are so few places where it is possible. This April was the first time that ships from the same company...Read more

New member: Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen has a population of 2,200 and is situated at 78 degrees North on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard. Not surprisingly this Arctic wonder has been given a sustainable destination quality label from Innovation Norway. It is in the enviable position of having more homeport than transit calls, being extremely popular with expedition...Read more

Cruise Europe attends Seatrade Global in numbers

Cruise Europe’s annual Monday evening reception is now firmly entrenched in the Seatrade Global calendar. About 350 guests attended including 50 or so cruiseline executives and 10 press. The ports of Gdansk and Gdynia co-hosted the event which took place on a yacht docked at the Hilton Marina. The 110m2 exhibition stand commanded a central...Read more

Amsterdam voices the need to jointly address industry misconceptions at its annual breakfast

The Port of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Cruise Port hosted the annual breakfast at Seatrade Global for the eleventh year on March 6. Rene Kouwenberg, director Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, took the opportunity to address the 80 or so attendees including 20 representatives from ocean and river cruises not about the latest developments in Amsterdam and...Read more

Douglas deepwater berth plans approved

Proposals for a 240m-long deepwater berth costing £11m (€12.6m) at Victoria Pier in Douglas have been approved by the Isle of Man parliament. The facility will accommodate cruiseships and windfarm support vessels. Currently, visiting cruise vessels must anchor in Douglas Bay and transport passengers to shore by tender. The proposals are aimed at...Read more

Bremerhaven gets the green light for quay refurbishment

On March 20 the Senate of the State of Bremen approved reconstruction work on the Columbus Quay in Bremerhaven. Total expenditure for planning and execution is estimated at €78.7m. This amount will be included in fiscal planning until the year 2023. Martin Gunthner, Senator for Economy, Labour and Ports, spoke about this being a "good day for...Read more

Liverpool’s cruise industry sails into action as the city prepares to welcome an array of new ships in 2018

Liverpool Cruise Terminal will play host to 57 calls this year, carrying more than 100,000 international passengers and crew into the city. The cruise industry is expected to bring in more than £7m (€8m) to the local economy in 2018. AIDAaura, Berlin, Ocean Dream, Seabourn Ovation and Viking Sun will all be calling for the first time. Royal...Read more

IJmuiden’s 26 calls include 15 from AIDA

This year 26 calls are scheduled in IJmuiden, 15 from AIDA Cruises. The season begins on April 5 when Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros calls and closes on December 1 with a visit from Saga Pearl II. AIDAsol will sail between Hamburg, IJmuiden and Dover on a short cruise called a ‘schnuppern’ cruise which is specifically for passengers who want to get...Read more

Skagen expects 100% rise in passengers

This year 42 cruiseships carrying up to 68,500 passengers are going to call at Skagen. This is 100% up on 2017, when 33,000 passengers on 31 calls visited Skagen. Out of the 42, 11 will be first calls from ships within Princess Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises, both brands being quite new to Skagen. Anne Sofie Ronne Jensen, cruise manager Cruise...Read more

Lerwick set to break records

The arrival of Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Magellan in Lerwick on March 13 launched a season set to break five records. Even higher bookings for 2019 added to the positive outlook. Victor Sandison, Lerwick Port Authority’s senior commercial executive, said: “The scale of cruise activity this year will make it a great season for Lerwick and...Read more

Edinburgh and Dundee set to benefit from expanded management team

Chris Alexander has been appointed to the management team of Capital Cruising (CC) in a newly-created role which demonstrates the company’s commitment to offering customers the best experience possible. He will be responsible for coordinating and planning all cruise visits in Scotland and will work closely across cruise operations in the Forth and...Read more

Narvik invests in a new gondola and improving infrastructure

Narvik is steadily growing as a cruise destination and the product/excursion portfolio is continually being developed for both summer and winter products. “We are a transit port, turnaround port and boutique port with great flexibility adapting to both large and small groups. The new cable car will definitively be a huge asset to Narvik as a...Read more

Akureyri opens small ship pier in 2019

The Port of Akureyri has not forgotten its promise to accommodate smaller vessels closer to the town centre and is investing €5m in constructing a new pier which will open for business in 2019. With a length of 130m and depth of 9m, it will be able to accommodate vessels under 10,000gt. Equipped with WiFi, it will be just 100m from the town centre...Read more

Southampton reaches two million

Two million passengers visited Southampton in 2017 and brought with them a massive multi-million pound cash injection to the local economy. Every time a cruiseship visits Southampton, it is estimated to bring a cash boost of £2m (€2.26m) and in 2017 there were more than 500 calls. ABP Southampton director Alastair Welch commented: “2017 was a...Read more

Balmoral kicks off Rouen’s longest season ahead of Armada in 2019

Rouen’s season began in mid-January with a call from Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral and will continue through to December 11 when Christmas market calls are booked. Rouen is preparing for the 30th anniversary of its Armada, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of D-Day next year. Held every five years for 10 days, the first event was held in...Read more

Barrow-in-Furness courts cruise calls

Barrow-in-Furness, gateway to the UK’s Lake District, currently receives one or two transit calls a year but it is actively seeking more. Vessels up to 200m in length can be accommodated alongside, although anything over 150m is subject to assessment. There are no restrictions in terms of beam as the port entrance is 36m wide. It is not suitable...Read more

Roenne is expecting 45% more cruiselines this year

The expected growth in the number of cruiselines visiting Roenne in 2018 is estimated at being 45 % up on 2017. This development is expected to continue due to the port extending its facilities to accommodate ships up to 350m in length from June 1 2019. On announcing the first phase of development in mid-October, the port “put some turbo on the...Read more

Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg together record a 24% passenger increase

Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) has registered a new record in 2017 with a growth of 24.21% to 130,424 passengers, up about 25,000 on the previous year. The new record is linked to strong market dynamics, the quality of the welcome and the nautical accessibility of the port of...Read more

Turku focuses on the environment

Environmental work at the Port of Turku focuses on water protection in the Baltic Sea, reduction of emissions into air and improvement of energy-efficiency. Since 2006 it has been applying environmental port charges as one of only a few ports in Finland. Since 2015 the amount of discount has been bound to the nitrogen oxide emissions of the vessel...Read more

Rotterdam looks forward to welcoming AIDAnova

Rotterdam is looking forward to welcoming LNG-powered newbuilding AIDAnova on November 21 and again on November 29, when she moors at the Holland Amerikakade quay. In the same month AIDAmar will call several times and AIDAbella will also visit.Read more

New member: Nordfjordeid

The Seawalk Port of Nordfjordeid was established in 2017. In 2019 the Norwegian port is expecting its first calls, 20 in total bringing 60,000 passengers. Keen to see a cruiseship calling prior to 2019, the port has halved the berthing fee for this year and next. “We would be thrilled to have some ships already in 2018, and for the first one, the...Read more

New associate member: SCH

Cruiseship handling specialists SCH and sister company Southern Maritime Services (SMS) are scheduled to handle nearly 200 calls into the UK during 2018, underlining the companies’ position as the most extensive provider of cruise services in the UK. The calls will be spread between Southampton, Liverpool and Portsmouth. Customers include Royal...Read more

New associate member: Denholm Wilhelmsen

Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd (DWL) is part of the J & J Denholm Group which has recently celebrated it's 150th anniversary. The group has four main business streams: shipping, logistics, seafoods and industrial services. The logistics division incorporates five different companies including DWL which has the full range of these services at its...Read more

Belfast welcomes new possibilities as Azamara refit announced

A multi-million pound contract to refurbish Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Pursuit in April has been won by a Newry firm, MJM Group. It will project manage the docking, berthing and refit of the Azamara Pursuit at Harland & Wolff in Belfast this April and the ship will make its maiden voyage in August. The company, which employs 240 people,...Read more

What a difference a decade makes in Portland

Portland Port is expecting to handle 32 calls bringing nearly 39,000 passengers to the UK port this year, compared to four and 2,000 respectively in 2009. The season starts on the April 3 with the arrival of Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros, marking the 21st call made by the company. Ian McQuade, general manager commercial Portland Port, commented: “...Read more

Bristol volunteers welcome largest ship so far

Last year Bristol welcomed its 30,000th passenger since opening in 2013. One of this year’s highlights is the confirmed arrival of Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ 1,452-passenger Magellan, which will be the largest cruiseship to have visited the UK port. There will also be turnaround calls from CMV’s Marco Polo which is returning to Bristol and...Read more

Visby terminal to be inaugurated in April

A cruise terminal will be inaugurated in Visby on April 29. Intensive preparations are now underway to boost Gotland as a destination. The number of passengers will double as early as 2018. Since winter 2016 about 130,000m3 has been dredged to achieve a depth of water of 11m. The land area at the quay is 12,000m2 and accommodates everything from...Read more

Invergordon builds on its growth pattern whilst preparing for more

The Port of Cromarty Firth has welcomed a record-breaking 151,142 cruise passengers on 93 ships to Invergordon and the Highlands in 2017. This represents a 54% increase on 2016, when 97,992 passengers visited. It also firmly reinforces the port’s position as Scotland’s busiest cruise port. Last year’s season started in April with a visit from the...Read more

Passengers to A Coruna were up 45% in 2017

The Port of A Coruna has just closed a historic year in cruise traffic. A total of 184,069 passengers visited the city last year, 45% on 126,735 in 2016. The 2017 figure also exceeds by about 15,000 the passengers forecast at the beginning of the year, which highlights the boom that the sector is experiencing. Among the 120 calls, there were six...Read more

V&A opens in Dundee next year

The only V&A museum outside of London will open in Dundee next year as part of a £1bn (€1.14bn) waterfront development. Calls have been on the rise from six in 2015 to 10 last year and 14 this. Homeporting from Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been party responsible for the increased growth. Local businesses and students from the college play...Read more

Gothenburg port tariffs unchanged as LNG bunkering becomes a reality

Gothenburg has opted not to increase its port tariffs for the third year in succession. “By doing so, we are seeking to boost growth in industry, shipping and port operations. At the same time, we want to be part of the effort to curb rising logistics costs for our stakeholders,” said Magnus Karestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive...Read more

Edinburgh pontoon doubles numbers

A new three-berth tender pontoon with fully-accessible gangway has been installed in Newhaven, Edinburgh, where calls have more than doubled from six last year (including one from P&O Cruises’ Britannia) to 14 this year and next. A new gangway arrangement is helping to develop the new anchorage and the nearby infrastructure has also been...Read more

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