Following the newly-published Cruise Baltic Market Review, in 2019 5,909,784 guests visited the ports in the Baltic Sea, presenting an increase of 9.1% from 2018 and 16.9% from 2017. A recent report revealed that the cruise industry supports over 12,500 jobs in the Baltic Sea region, which has been recently seeing a surge of cruise passengers, which is showing on the positive economic impact in the region.
Port of Kiel continues to pursue its growth course in passenger traffic posting a 4.2% increase with 2.2 million travellers. At the same time, the port’s cargo sector was unable to match the top results of the reference period. The handling performance fell by 3.5% to 7.15 tons of cargo in 2018.
ESPO released a statement, explaining how important it is for European ports to keep all their port activities sustainable and what can be done to enhance a balanced development of cruise activities in European ports.
Costa Cruises and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority have now reopened the Calata delle Vele cruise ship quay and Palocrociere Terminal One in the Port of Savona, Italy, after an extensive renovation process. The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority invested €17 million to conduct modifications to the quay.
The Port of Vancouver announced that its 33rd cruise season will come to an end on November 1, with the final cruise ship departing from Canada Place terminal at the Port of Vancouver; The port informs that the 2020 cruise ship season will start again on 2 April, 2020.
Carnival Corporation has begun the construction of what it claims to be the cruise industry’s first cruise terminal in Japan, located at the port of Sasebo, planned to begin operations in summer 2020. Following the 20-year agreement that was signed in March 2018 with the of Sasebo and MLIT Japan, the cruise company will build and operate the new terminal.
The Port of Los Angeles announced a development opportunity for an Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal at Berths 46 and 50, as well as plans to launch a Request for Proposal (RFP) later this fall. The proposal targets cruise lines, terminal operators, and real estate developers, who want to create a new cruise terminal.
Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Sea is the biggest cruise ship ever to visit a Russian port, as the vessel arrived on September 9, at the port of Vladivostok, Russia after passing under the famous ‘Russky’ bridge.
Carnival Cruise Line secured an approval by the Miami-Dade County Commission for a complete renovation and major expansion of Cruise Terminal F at PortMiami, to enable accommodation of the company’s next class of ships.
Global Ports Holding, cruise port operator, announced that Nassau Cruise Port has signed a 25-year port operation and lease agreement with the Government of the Bahamas for the Prince George Wharf and related areas at Nassau cruise port.
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