Auckland’s busiest ever cruise ship week includes a record four ships in port in one day
Auckland has enjoyed its busiest-ever week for cruise ship arrivals, including having four cruise ships docked on the same day for the first time ever on Saturday, 18 February.
Since Monday, 12 February, Auckland has had at least one cruise ship in port every day, with two or three ships docked for the day or longer for the majority of the week - 11 different cruise ships have visited in total.
Two of the visiting ships in port on Saturday, the Seabourn Encore and the Norwegian Star, are on their first voyages to Auckland.
A third ship, The World, which has been in port since Friday, is the largest private residential ship in the world. It is on its way to Asia and across the Pacific to the North American west coast and Alaska. The ship’s annual journey is decided by its 165 residents and captain.
The fourth ship in port, L’Austral, is a mega-yacht with 132 cabins which travels the world, including exploring sub Antarctic islands such as Macquarie, Campbell and the Antipodes.
The four ships brought a total of 3,550 passengers to Auckland and came from Australia, North America, and Europe.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says cruise ships are a valuable contributor to Auckland’s booming visitor economy.
"According to forecasts from Cruise New Zealand, Auckland will welcome a total of 182,852 passengers, and 66,400 crew this season, contributing an estimated $204 million to the region.
"The visitor economy is now worth $7.4 billion to Auckland, and the cruise industry, which is forecast to grow to $470 million in 2030, plays an integral role in fuelling future growth in this valuable sector. www.voxy.co.nz/bu...
Tasmanian exporters to benefit from new Bass Strait shipping service
TASMANIAN exporters have never had it better, with three of the world’s largest shipping lines soon to be competing for the local trade, says Tasmanian Logistics Committee chairman Brett Charlton.
The world’s largest shipping line, Maersk, will this month include Bell Bay in its new weekly trans-Tasman shipping service, which will enable goods to be taken to Melbourne or Sydney for global connections.
Mr Charlton said Maersk would join MSC, the world’s second-largest container carrier, which began calling into Bell Bay fortnightly, as part of its trans-Tasman service, two years ago and has announced plans to expand calls to twice weekly.
He said GMA CGM, the world’s third-largest global shipping giant, was competing for Tasmanian cargoes in partnership with Toll, operator of an overnight Burnie-Melbourne service.
“We also have extra capacity with the new SeaRoad ship,’’ he said. www.ntnews.com.au...
Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard lays keel of "Viking Spirit"
The keel laying ceremony for “Viking Spirit”, the fifth of six cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Fincantieri, took place today at the shipyard in Ancona, the shipbuilding group said in a media release.
The first building block of the ship, about 11 meters long, 28.8 wide and weighing about 280 tons, is part of the central section of “Viking Spirit”, due to delivery in 2018.
“Viking Spirit”, as its sister ships, will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. In fact, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it will have 473 cabins with accommodation for 946 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.