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Ports & destinations

Port of Bergen to offer shore power for cruise ships

Enova, a state owned grant scheme, grants 50 million NOK in funding as investment support for establishing a shore power facility for cruise vessels in Bergen

“We are extremely pleased with the decision to grant funding. It is a necessary for establishing Europe’s largest onshore power supply in Bergen as early as 2020,” says Johnny Breivik, Port Director, and Ingrid von Streng Velken, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Development at BKK.

Bergen is Norway’s largest cruise port as well as one of the largest in Northern-Europe. Throughout 2018, 342 cruise vessels will have visited Port of Bergen, which is an increase of about 31 vessels from the previous year.

This past September Port of Bergen and BKK announced that they will be establishing a joint company with the aim of building Europe’s largest onshore power supply, as well as Bergen’s first shore power facility for cruise vessels. On the 4th of December it was announced that Enova will grant 50 million NOK in funding as investment support for a shore power facility, which is estimated to cost around 120 million NOK.

“Vessels that dock at Port of Bergen emit large quantities of particles, NOX and CO2, and the motivation for the joint company is to reduce these emissions as soon as possible. To be able to offer shore power for cruise vessels will send a strong message that Norway are moving towards a sustainable and emissions free development of the maritime transport industry. We are building a shore power facility that will supply three cruise vessels with power simultaneously. The rather ambitious aim is for the first facility to be ready at the beginning of the cruise season in 2020. With the funding, for about 50 million NOK from Enova, Port of Bergen is ready to move forward with the project,” says Breivik.

Replacing fossil energy with electricity

BKK is a leading company in Western Norway in the field of renewable energy and innovative infrastructure. The company’s operation includes production of hydropower and other renewable energy solutions and development and operation of fibre, power and district heating. The company recently announced that “Electrification” is to become a separate venture to increase the rate of energy conversion from fossil energy to renewable energy.

“BKK will develop, own and operate infrastructure for electrification, and preferably in collaboration with other companies. The collaboration with Port of Bergen is an example of this. Together we can make a real difference and contribute to a rapid transition from fossil to renewable energy within the maritime transport industry. Port of Bergen is dependent on shore power and BKK is pleased that Enova has made the decision to support the project. The grant enables the project in moving rapidly towards being realised," says Velken.

Albatros passengers treated by Christmas concert at St. George's in Wismar

On Monday, December 3, 2018 passengers of Albatros were treated to a very special experience. Wismar was playing host to the vessel in the Hanseatic city for the fifth time since the foundation of the Columbus Cruise Centers Wismar (CCCW). And the Phoenix Reisen cruise vessel will make one further call this year – on December 17.

Based on the long-standing relationship of the tour operator, Phoenix Reisen, with this particular cruise destination, the town authorities and the CCCW management came up with the idea of putting on for the first time a Christmas concert at a breathtaking venue especially for the cruise passengers. Thanks to the wonderful collaboration of everybody involved, this could finally be realised on Monday, December 3.

The concert premiere in Wismar's St George's church, a local landmark in the Gothic tradition, was given an enthusiastic reception by an audience comprising a total of 450 eager listeners. The one-hour performance of the Christmas favourites by the brass section of the Nordwestmecklenburg "Carl Orff" music school under their conductor Hartwig Kessler, together with the chorus of the Hanseatic city of Wismar, ended with much applause and an encore. Before that, the concert had opened with a welcome address given by the president of Wismar city council. Passengers arriving with MS Albatros on her next two visits can also look forward to this special musical event.

Even the captain, Michael Kugelmann, didn't want to miss out on the town's invitation and was very impressed with the commitment shown by the performers and organisers. This also included a warm welcome for the cruise passengers at the quayside, during which sweets and city maps were handed out, as well as a show on board given by the Blänke shanty choir, and finally a noisy farewell presented by the traditional shooting club (Schützenverein) of the Hanseatic city. All these activities have been a part of the handling and processing program at CCCW since the very beginning, except for the Christmas concert, which could now very well become a part of that tradition.

This special occasion for Captain Kugelmann ended high up on the viewing platform of St. George's, with the stunning night panorama of the Wismar UNESCO cultural heritage site across the historical port to the bright lights of the Albatros. As a mark of gratitude, he has invited Wismar dignitaries to a dinner on board the Albatros during her next visit.

The other cruise passengers also returned happily to their vessel after this special concert and a stroll through the Christmas market and the old part of town – hopefully with long- lasting memories of their trip to Wismar and maybe even with plans for another visit. For after all, an afternoon is not enough to enjoy and explore fully all the historical, maritime and modern treasures the city has to offer.

MSC Cruises acquires significant interest in Trieste cruise terminal

MSC Cruises has announced it has acquired a significant interest in Trieste Adriatic Marine Initiatives S.r.l. (TAMI), a strategic holding company of the cruise terminal Trieste Terminal Passeggeri (TTP).

This investment will support MSC Cruises’ long-standing objective of providing enhanced and seamless experiences for cruise guests right from the point of embarkation onwards.

Following this investment, MSC Cruises will develop homeporting operations in Trieste starting in Summer 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to partner with Huna Totem Corporation to construct new pier at Icy Strait Point in Alaska

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has announced a partnership with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem’s world-class cruise ship destination in Hoonah, Alaska.

The pier is scheduled to be completed for the summer 2020 Alaska cruise season and will be built to accommodate Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus-class ships. The partnership will provide Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ brands with preferential berthing rights in the popular port destination and allow the Company to increase its calls to Icy Strait Point. Currently Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, Seven Seas Mariner, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Joy are scheduled to call on Icy Strait Point in the 2019 season.

In addition, the new pier will provide more cruise passengers with access to Icy Strait’s newly upgraded retail, restaurant and shore excursion amenities, including the world’s largest ZipRider zip line, the most accessible coastal brown bear viewing platforms in Southeast Alaska, whale watching and fishing excursions, local cultural dances accompanied by oral histories and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Huna Totem Corporation to construct a new pier at Icy Strait Point which will strengthen our presence in the wildly popular Alaska market and provide our guests with a best-in-class experience as they explore the natural beauty and exciting shore excursions of this unique destination,” said Howard Sherman, executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination development of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This partnership marks the latest step in our ongoing efforts to promote economic development in the area and make a positive economic impact on the Alaska tourism industry.”

The partnership will benefit the Hoonah community, home to approximately 750 people, including approximately 80 percent of Icy Strait Point’s employees. By leveraging the rapidly growing demand for top-tier destinations for Alaska cruises, Icy Strait Point creates more jobs and local opportunities for Alaskans.

“The economic impact that this expansion and Norwegian’s investment will have in Hoonah and the Southeast Alaska region is significant, and we’re looking forward to how our Alaska Native community can be a sustainable contributor to the future of Alaska’s cruise industry,” said Russell Dick, Huna Totem Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Icy Strait Point is one of the few Alaska cruise ship destinations where cruise passengers can step off the dock and into Alaska wilderness. We have the land, the capacity and the hospitality to welcome more travelers into our home in an authentic way while maintaining our heritage and the values of our Native Tlingit culture.”

Havre Saint-Pierre reports record season

On October 10th, Havre Saint-Pierre culminated a tenth season of cruise port activities with visits by a grand total of ten cruise ships, confirming the 2018 cruise season as the best in the past ten years. Since 2008, Havre Saint-Pierre has welcomed into port the ships of 17 different cruise lines for an aggregate total of some 40 000 passengers and crew. Of the ships having scheduled stopovers, a number are operated by cruise lines ranked among the most luxurious in the world, proof positive of an offer of substance by the smallest of the Saint Lawrence ports of call.

On the occasion of the destination’s 10th anniversary, Havre Saint-Pierre shattered a number of records, including that of the largest ship welcomed to date. Indeed, the AIDAvita, transporting 1266 passengers and 402 crew members, dropped anchor at Havre Saint-Pierre not once but twice midway into the summer season. This year, the port also welcomed ‒ for the first time ever ‒ Seabourn’s Quest, Silversea’s Silver Wind and Silver Cloud, as well as Hurtigruten’s Fram. The latter launched 2018 activities on May 6th, thereby initiating the longest cruise season in ten years. In total, 5931 cruise passengers and 2790 crew members stopped into port at Havre Saint-Pierre, making for the best season in the past 10 years.

Although the 2018 season proved the busiest to date, bookings for 2019 point to even superior results with 14 cruise ship calls already confirmed, including three by the AIDAvita.

CBM 2018/2019 Winter