Port of Skagen to break its cruise records in 2018
Denmark’s Port of Skagen will welcome 42 cruise ships carrying up to 69,000 passengers in 2018, more than double the 31 calls and 34,000 passengers in 2017, making it the port’s biggest-ever cruise season. In 2018, the port will welcome maiden calls from various ships, including Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas, Viking Cruises’ Viking Sun and Viking Sky, and Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Ovation. Some of the repeat visitors will include Saga Cruises’ Saga Sapphire, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette, Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Journey, and Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth.
One dead in explosion at Karstensens Yard in Skagen
An explosion occurred on the newbuilding of a fishery inspection vessel at the Karstenens Skibsværft A/S on Apr 24, 2015, killing a yard worker aged 51 years. He was taken by helicopter to the Rigshospital where he succoumbed to his injuries at 9 p.m. Another man was treated with burns at hands and face to the hospital in Odense. Five workers were checked for smoke gas inhalation at the Hjørring Hospital in Ålborg, three of whom had to be medically treated. The accident happened during welding works at the crankshaft.
Skagen aiming to become Denmarks new shipyard capital
After investing 226 million kroner into a new quay area on its waterfront, Skagen Harbour has set its targets on becoming a hub for the maritime service and shipyard industry in Denmark The investment funds will also trickle down to the harbour’s two modernised innovative shipyards Danish Yachts and Karstensens Skibsværft, according to the head of Skagens Harbour, Willy B Hansen.”There is a lot to build on here in Skagen and we have huge growth plans,” Hansen told Børsen business newspaper. “We have two larger modern shipyards that each have highly specialised niche placements in the market. And the large harbour expansion will allow much bigger ships in the harbour, thus opening up completely new markets for the shipyards and the distributors.” Reaching out to Sass LarsenOnce the harbour expansion is completed, ships with a draught depth of up to ten metres will be able to dock along the 450m quay extensions. This will permit the shipyards to handle service and reparation tasks on tankers and transport ships over 200m long.Just yesterday, the minister of business and growth, Henrik Sass Larsen, announced that Denmark was in need of a large shipyard to create jobs and fly the Danish flag in maritime technology. It could also go a long way in saving the 50,000 Danish jobs in the national maritime equipment production industry. Skagen – which is located at the very northern tip of the Jutland peninsula – is next to one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors, the entrance to the Kattegat Strait and the Baltic Sea. Additionally, it also has Denmark’s largest fishing harbour and is home to one of the nation’s biggest shipping fleets. Source: Copenhagen PostUpload News