Aegean to Commence Physical Supply Operations on the Kiel Canal
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. [NYSE: ANW] (Aegean) today announced it will commence physical supply operations on the
Kiel Canal, Germany, from January 2018. The operation will be managed by Aegean's German subsidiary, OBAST Bunkering & Trading GmbH (Rostock) in partnership with local tank farm operator, UTG - Unabhängige Tanklogistik GmbH. The new station is located directly on the Baltic Sea entrance to the Kiel Canal, which Aegean says will give them access to shipping transitting
the canal and working in the wider regional market. "The Kiel facility represents the Aegean Group's third storage location in Germany alongside the exclusive use of tanks in Nordenham on the
River Weser and with Vopak in Hamburg," said Aegean's President, Jonathan Mcilroy. https://shipandbunker.com/news/emea/116772-aegean-to-commence-physical-supply-operations-on-the-kiel-canal
The Port of Kiel’s 2018 cruise season was closed by AIDAvita as the German port reached a record number of passengers.
There were 143 calls performed by 29 different ships for a total of 513,500 passengers (485,200 passengers in 2016). The consolidated gross tonnage exceeded 10 million gross tons.
Dr Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG), said: “Northern Europe cruises are increasingly in demand. We are benefitting from this development and have, this year, posted our highest passenger totals to date. In addition to that, we have registered highest-ever cruise ship tonnage ever recorded in Kiel.”
For the coming seasons and keeping up with the positive development, a second terminal will be built at the Ostseekai which should be operational by the 2019 season.
Next year’s cruise season will be opened by AIDAcara on 8 April with a total of 150 calls already being scheduled. https://www.shippax.com/e...
Kiel Port Prize goes to Jörn Grage of SCA Logistics
The 2017 annual Port of Kiel Prize has been awarded to Jörn Grage, Managing Director of SCA Logistics GmbH, Port of Kiel said in its press release. The award was presented on Thursday evening, September 14th, by Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) as part of celebrations to mark the “Sprottenback” – the traditional annual social get-together of companies in the port business community.
The new SCA Terminal was erected on a site of well over 16 hectares in the northern sector of the Ostuferhafen and has a hall storage area of more than 50,000 m². A total of 25 million Euros were invested and 80 new jobs created.
SCA cargo ships call at the Ostuferhafen twice a week from Sundsvall in northern Sweden and offload up to 160 pallets of paper products each trip. Products range from cellulose through newsprint to kraftliners and cartonage products for high-quality packaging - all destined for the German and European markets. In addition overseas containers are packed for shipment out of Hamburg to the Far East. On the return journeys to the Swedish east coast, the SCA ships carry a range of cargo such as vehicles, breakbulk, steel or materials for recycling.
The “MSC Fantasia” arrived at the Ostseekai from St Petersburg in Russia early on Saturday September 2nd for what is the 350th visit by an MSC cruise ship to the port of Kiel. Marking the anniversary, the ship’s captain, Guiseppe Galano was welcomed to the Schleswig-Holstein state capital by Nicole Claus, who is the Cruise Shipping Director of the PORT OF KIEL.
Afterwards Captain Galano and Nicole Claus unveiled a bronze plaque on Kiel’s Cruise Ship Walk of Fame to commemorate the anniversary visit. The Walk of Fame honours shipping companies and events which are of special significance for Kiel as a cruise shipping location. MSC cruise ships have been calling at the port of Kiel regularly for twelve years. “Rhapsody” was the first.The ship called on the 4th of September 2005, before the shipping company elevated Kiel to base port status in 2006. Since then Kiel has been a constituent part of the company’s northern Europe route planning and has to date been visited by nine different MSC cruise ships.
The 138,000 GT “MSC Fantasia”, which is 333 m long, is the biggest ship to have Kiel as its base port this year. The cruise liner has already undertaken 18 cruises from Kiel this season. Three more were to follow up to the season finale on September 16th, when the ship heads for the Mediterranean. The northern Europe cruises, already undertaken and still to be undertaken by “MSC Fantasia”, involve not only the major cities of the Baltic on the route Kiel, Copenhagen, Stockholm,Tallinn/Helsinki, St Petersburg and Kiel, but also the Norwegian fiords on the route Kiel, Copenhagen, Geiranger, Flåm, Stavanger and Kiel.
Four cruise ships to make simultaneous calls in Kiel
Four cruise ships are expected to call at the Port of Kiel in Germany on 12 August, alongside passenger ferries from Color Line, Stena Line and DFDS. At around 8am, AIDA Cruises’ AIDAvita and AIDAluna will make turnarounds calls at the Ostseekai and Sartorikai berths respectively. Meanwhile, MSC Cruises’ MSC Fantasia will arrive at the Ostuferhafen berth a little later, becoming the largest cruise ship to call at that pier to date. The vessels will be joined by Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam at 11am when she ties up at the Ostseekai’s northernmost berth for a day call. In total, more than 23,000 passengers will disembark from ships to visit Kiel, or embark on a new cruise from the port.
DFDS concentrates Kiel-Russia services on St. Petersburg
Danish shipping company DFDS is concentrating its Germany - Russia ferry services on the Kiel - St. Petersburg route from September 1st. From that date company RoRo ships leaving the Ostuferhafen will sail non-stop to St. Petersburg and will no longer stop in Ust-Luga. The liner shipping service will leave Kiel every Saturday evening arriving in St. Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon. Trucks, trailers, containers, agricultural and construction machinery, as well as export cars and project loads can be carried. The acceptance deadline for cargo is six hours before the departure of the ship. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “Traffic between Kiel and Russia has increased by a third in the first half of the year and DFDS is clearly taking this development into account by focussing on St. Petersburg”. The port of Ust-Luga has not been able to benefit from the positive developments of the last few months and will as a result initially no longer be served by DFDS. Despite the upward trend in the first half of the year absolute transport volumes in Russia traffic are still below those recorded before the imposition of trade restrictions.
State Minister Buchholz visits the port of Kiel: More than EUR 170 million invested in ten years
Dr Bernd Buchholz, Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism in the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, paid an official visit to the port of Kiel on August 1st. During a tour of facilities the minister was briefed on the latest prospects and investment projects in the port by Kiel Lord Mayor Dr Ulf Kämpfer and port chief Dr Dirk Claus. ”My impression that the port of Kiel is well-positioned and is very much holding its own competitively has been confirmed”, the Minister said. “The state of Schleswig-Holstein will continue to back this successful course in future and energetically support it”, he added. A total of more than € 170 million have been invested over the past ten years to strengthen and expand the position of the port of Kiel. A further € 110 million could follow up to 2030. The PORT OF KIEL and the other companies associated with the port are of growing economic importance for the region and now employ more than 2,500 people in port-related jobs. www.hellenicshipp...
Cargo handling at the port of Kiel in HI’17 up 20 % to record 3.7 million tons
The port of Kiel says it is very much on target for growth and has posted its best half-year results to date. In the first six months of 2017 the port’s varied facilities handled 3.7 million tons of goods, topping the total in the same period of the previous year by 20 %. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “the taking into service of the SCA Logistics Centre in Kiel’s Ostuferhafen has already shown it is having a lasting impact on growth and providing the planned impetus which justifies our investment.” Some 400,000 tons of high-value timber products were handled and stored for new customers Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) and Iggesund Paperboard in the first half of the year. “This very good result is all the more significant because Kiel was also able to post increases in its other handling sectors – ferry traffic and bulk goods”, said Dirk Claus. Even without taking the SCA traffic into consideration, Kiel’s handling performance still rose by a remarkable 7.6 %.
According to the port’s press release, in the first half year of 2017 bulk goods handling rose by a gratifying 18.7 % to well over 550,000 tons. Alongside fuels like coal and oils, significant increases were also posted in the handling of building materials, grain and scrap metals. In the ferry sector, the Stena Line in particular upped turnover – by 12.8 % - and is ranked number two on the list of Kiel’s most important freight customers after DFDS. Surprisingly, trade with Russia, which has been severely disrupted in the past few years by trade restrictions, also showed a slight revival. “We are now creating additional warehousing capacities in the Ostuferhafen, in order to stabilise the positive development in trade with Russia”, said Dirk Claus. Currently taking shape in the immediate vicinity of the berth used by ships on the St Petersburg route, is the 5,000 m² Shed 12, planned as a warehouse for sawn timber. In container business, which is of only minor significance in Kiel, 13,400 TEUs were handled – an increase of 19.3 %.
The Kieler Woche sailing regatta – the biggest maritime folk festival and sail sport event in northern Europe – is a big draw for cruise ships as well as many other vessels. Between June 17-25 Kiel expects visits by a total of 15 different luxury liners.
Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said, “The Kieler Woche – with its sailing competitions and cultural program and even as a marine meeting opportunity – has always been an international event. The cruise ships fit into this context very well and also provide their guests with a unique visitor experience”
On Wednesday, June 21, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and P&O’s Arcadia berthed side by side at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. The Queen Elizabeth arrived in the Kiel Fiord in the morning from St Petersburg, Russia, while the Arcadia arrived at the same time from Skagen in Denmark. Well over 3,000 English-speaking passengers used the occasion to see Kiel from its most beautiful side. Arcadia left for the Swedish capital Stockholm in the evening while the Queen Elizabeth also cast off in the evening for Southampton.
The port’s berths were well occupied as early as the first Saturday of the Kieler Woche when two ocean-going cruise ships and three river cruise ships arrived – along with the big ferry ships of the Color Line, DFDS and the Stena Line.
“The Kieler Woche is one of the biggest highlights of the cruise shipping season”, said Claus, “both as far as the number of ships and the passenger totals are concerned. During peak periods more than 15,000 travellers embark or disembark from ships at the port’s different terminal facilities.”
To date during this year’s Kieler Woche, visitors to the Kiel Fiord have included TUI Cruises’ latest addition Mein Schiff 6, as well as three ships from AIDA Cruises – the AIDAvita, the AIDAcara and the AIDAbella. On Friday, June 23, there will be an encounter in Kiel between two sister ships. Phoenix Seereisen’s Albatros and Fred. Olsen’s Cruise Line’s Black Watch will meet at the Ostseekai Terminal. On Saturday the port is expecting the MSC Fantasia and on Sunday, the closing day of the Kieler Woche, the fourth AIDA ship of the season – the AIDAluna – will arrive. As well as the big oceangoing cruise liners, four river cruise ships were visiting Kiel this year and all of them were spending several days in the port.
Overall 28 different cruise ships are this year scheduled to visit the port a total of 142 times. In close proximity to the City centre Kiel has three modern and high-capacity terminal facilities available for ferry and cruise ships. In addition cruise ships can exchange passengers at Berth 1 in the Ostuferhafen. This year, more than two million passengers are again expected to board or leave a ferry or cruise ship and about half a million of them will be cruise ship passengers. The total tonnage of cruise ships calling at Kiel will rise by a good 7 percent to more than 10 million GT for the first time. The shipping company with the most visits to Kiel this year is AIDA Cruises which is offering 50 trips from the port. It is followed by TUI Cruises with 26 calls by Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 6 and MSC with 21 visits by the MSC Fantasia. On no fewer than seven days during the season, three or sometimes even four cruise ships will berth in addition to the Baltic ferries and dominate the port scene.
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