AIDA Cruises, regional state, city and port of Kiel sign partnership for sustainable cruise tourism
Daniel Günther, minister-president of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, Michael Thamm, ceo of Costa Group & Carnival Asia, Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, mayor of the Federal State capital Kiel, and Dr. Dirk Claus, md of Seehafen Kiel, signed a declaration of intent yesterday onboard AIDAluna on the joint promotion of environmentally-friendly cruise tourism in the port of Kiel.
The landmark signing was done in the presence of Federal State minister of economic affairs, Dr. Bernd Buchholz, Federal State secretary of the environment, Tobias Goldschmidt, and AIDA president Felix Eichhorn.
The core points of the agreement include the construction of a shoreside power plant by Seehafen Kiel on the Ostseekai (Baltic Quay), the use of low-emission liquefied natural gas(LNG) to operate AIDA Cruises' ships while they are in port, and the use of modern exhaust gas cleaning systems.
Minister-president Günther said, 'With this declaration of intent we have taken a big step towards making cruise tourism in the north [of Germany] both more future-proof and environmentally-friendlier.'
The Federal State intends to financially support the planned construction of the shoreside power plant on the Ostseekai and will be examining grant options.
'Sustainability, regional value creation and innovation are integral to our activities,' noted Thamm.
Making cruise tourism forward-looking and sustainable
'We are very pleased that we are able to support the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein and the City of Kiel in making cruise tourism forward-looking and sustainable. I am firmly convinced that this kind of partnership will have a beacon effect for other ports in Germany and in Europe.'
Trial operations on supplying LNG to AIDAprima while berthed at port will begin in Kiel in 2019.
AIDA Cruises announced it will be fitting two other ships AIDAbella and AIDAluna with shoreside power connections and will also deploy cruise ships in Kiel that are fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems.
Important step for the widespread acceptance of cruise tourism
Dr. Buchholz called the development not only, 'an important step for the widespread acceptance of cruise tourism in Kiel, but also for the cruise company itself because the ships’ carbon footprints will increasingly affect guests’ booking behavior.'
Goldschmidt added, 'We want to reduce air pollution in ports and their immediate environs by means of various measures. There are already alternatives to conventional on-board power generation with marine diesel, but they are not used on cost grounds. Support measures are required to change that.
'Apart from financial support for the provision of the necessary infrastructure in the ports and the prorated exemption of shoreside power from the levy imposed under the German Renewable Energies Act, these measures most notably also include a port charges structure that favours low-emission alternatives,' he added.
Goldschmidt said, 'We have already called on the Federal Government to liaise with the EU Commission on uniform environmental standards - such as maximum values for sulfur content in ship fuels - in the territorial waters of the Member States.
'In addition, the foreseen designation of the Baltic, North Sea and English Channel as a NOx (nitrogen oxides) Emission Control Area (NECA) should be expanded to all EU waters.'
Shoreside power in the cruise industry is a challenge
Claus commented, 'Shoreside power in the cruise industry is a challenge. However, with AIDA Cruises we have found a viable basis for tackling this issue that complements the powering of ships with LNG. We want to set new standards together.'
The shoreside power connection on the Ostseekai will have a connected load of 12 MW and will be able to supply ships whose on-board power supply has a frequency of 50 Hz and 60 Hz.
Kiel’s Mayor Kämpfer remarked, 'Ship exhaust is often also mentioned in the debate on air pollutants from diesel vehicles on Kiel’s roads. For cruise ships to be accepted in Kiel it is important that other cruise companies also devote themselves more to the issues of the environment and sustainability.
Kiel opens this year’s cruise shipping season on April 6th with the arrival of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ “Boudicca”, the company said in its press release. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “We are well prepared and expect record passenger figures as well as ship visits.” According to registrations currently to hand, 32 different cruise ships with some 600,000 passengers will make a total of 166 calls in the port. The 205 m long “Boudicca”, of 28,388 GT, sailed through the Kiel Canal during the night and arrived on the Kiel Fiord in the morning. There it was welcomed with a water fountain tribute from one of the port’s tugs and escorted to its berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. During an onboard reception following its arrival, Kiel City President Hans-Werner Tovar welcomed Captain Juha Sartela and presented him with the port’s traditional maiden visit plaque.
The Port of Kiel has revealed the design of the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal’s second facility that will handle cruise ships and passengers.
The 3,700m² two-storey terminal building is designed by architects Hillenkamp and Roselius under a multi-phase co-operative workshop process.
Construction of the €7.5m terminal is scheduled to begin in August, with completion and operation expected to commence in 2019.
Port of Kiel managing director Dr Dirk Claus said: “Sea tourism is a strong growth market sector for the port of Kiel. “With a second terminal building, we will be in a position to expand our capacities and increase handling quality. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships. A terminal for every ship berth means the best possible service for shipping companies and passengers. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships.”
When completed, the new terminal will be an integrated northern extension of the current terminal building with connections on both levels.
The terminal’s frontage will be equipped with large glass surfaces.
Both the existing and new terminal buildings will form a V-shaped reception area for the arriving visitors to enter the terminal.
Baggage handling will be conducted on the ground floor, while the upper floor will be reserved for passengers and check-in procedures.
Claus further added: “The new terminal building will replace two existing baggage halls. This is something which also has town planning significance.”
The Port of Kiel operates three terminals in Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai. So far this year, it has handled 166 visits by 32 different cruise ships.
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Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has ordered two combined freight and passenger vessels (RoPax) for its Baltic routes.
The ships, intended for DFDS’ six ferry routes, will be built by Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) at its Nansha Yard in China.
Expected to be delivered in Q1 and Q3 2021, the two newbuilds will each carry 4,500 lane meters of freight and passenger vehicles as well as 600 passengers.
The company said it will pay DKK 1.8 billion (around USD 296 million) for the two ships during the period from ordering to delivery in 2021. Both ships are planned to be deployed on one of the routes connecting Lithuania with either Sweden or Germany. The deployment in 2021 is planned to be a catalyst for a reallocation of ships in the Baltic route network ultimately increasing the network’s total freight capacity by around 30%, according to the company.
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.