Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 08:59 by ce-press
On June 9 Hamburg’s third cruise terminal, Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder, is opening its doors. Not only will this improve cruise facilities for the more than 500,000 passengers that visit annually, but it signifies a change in how the cruise sector is managed in the future.
Demonstrating the importance of the sector to the city and region, Frank Horch, secretary of state in the department of economic affairs, transport and innovation of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, will address those attending.
The operation and organisation of Hamburg’s cruise activities now comes under Sacha Rougier, managing director of CGH Cruise Gate Hamburg which is owned 51% by Hamburg Port Authority and 49% Hamburg Airport. Coming from the Port of Marseille which last year handled 1.35m cruise passengers, Rougier will now be the single point of contact for all cruiselines and the new company will be in charge of both operations and berth assignment of the Steinwerder Terminal and, from 2016, the HafenCity and Altona terminals.
Prior to the opening of Steinwerder, MSC Splendida called twice and AIDAbella three times. About E64m was invested in the two-building terminal (one for embarkation and one for disembarkation) at Kronprinzkai which can handle ships with a capacity of more than 4,000 passengers.