The Port of Kiel celebrated a record cruise season in 2016, handling 6% more passengers (485,000) and an 11% increase cruise calls, from 132 in 2015 to 147 last year.
In 2017, Kiel is set to host 440,000 passengers who will arrive during 133 calls from 28 different cruise ships. The season will open on 9 April with a call from AIDA Cruises’ AIDAcara and close on 21 October with a visit from AIDAvita.
This year, the port will also handle three simultaneous cruise calls on five occasions, and four cruise vessels on both 3 June and 12 August. Meanwhile, 15 ships will be in port during the Kieler Woche sailing regatta from 17-25 June, and TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6 will sail her maiden voyage roundtrip from Kiel on 3-14 June.
MSC Cruises’ 3,970-guest MSC Fantasia will also start homeporting in Kiel on 29 April and offer 21 departures from the port.
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has announced the arrival of three of the largest ship-to-shore quay cranes in the world to accommodate growing volumes and demand at Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT). Transported from China on specially-built vessels , the latest additions complement the current 9 STS cranes already operational at the facility.
The Super Post Panamax cranes, commissioned from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZMPC), were delivered on November 10 and follow ADT’s recent milestone of 5 million TEUs being handled at KPCT since its establishment in 2012.
The STS cranes are designed to the highest industry specifications; capable of handling the world’s largest container ships (VLCCs) and will provide an additional capacity of 600,00 TEUs per annum to complete Phase 1 of 2,5 mio TEU’s of capacity at the world-class port facility.
Moldova-flagged dry bulk carrier refloated at Port of Azov
Moldova flagged MV USF-6 (owned by IBFS LTD) on January 16, 06:43 am ran aground in the basin of the Port of Azov, Russia. The ship laden with 4,569 tonnes of coal was en route Rostov-on-Don, Russia – Martha, Turkey with a pilot on board, the Rosmorrechflot's salvage and coordination centre told IAA PortNews.
The same day (11:50) the icebreaker Kapitan Harchikov (owned by Azov branch of FGUP Rosmorport) assisted and refloated the coal carrier which then headed for Rostov-on-Don.