The Port of Kiel commissioned Siemens to build Germany’s largest shore power system to date. With a power of 16 megavolt amperes (MVA), the Siharbor solution will supply two ships at the same time with certified eco-power, for the first time.
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.
The cruise ship “AIDAprima” marked the ending of the cruise season for Port of Kiel in 2019, with the port having 32 vessels calling this season on 174 separate occasions, in comparison to 2018’s 169, with an overall tonnage of 15 million GT.
Around 50 activists, with banners reading ‘Cruises kill climate’, delayed the Holland America Line-operated ‘Zuiderdam’, from departing the North Sea port of Kiel, on June 9. The ship managed to leave the port after six hours, heading to Copenhagen, as the police temporarily detained 46 activists, some of whom climbed onto the ship and onto a harbourside crane.
The German Port of Kiel officially inaugurated its first shore-based power supply plant for ships at the Norwegenkai terminal, on 9 May. With immediate effect, the Color Line’s big cruise-ferries can now be supplied with emission-free electric power from on shore.
Over 2.2 million passengers are expected in the Port of Kiel this year, forecasting record numbers like 600,000 cruise passengers and 1.6 million ferry travellers. In 2018, Kiel was visited on 169 separate occasions, by 34 different cruise ships with a total gross tonnage of more than 11.5 million. This is an increase of 15.3% over the previous year.
The first LNG-fueled survey vessel ‘ATAIR’ was floated in Kiel after being built for 16 months. The vessel was built for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The survey vessel will be used for wreck search and underwater surveying. The new built is expected to be delivered to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in spring 2020.
Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel mbH (SFK), also known as the Kiel Tug and Ferry Company, has selected Netherlands-based Holland Shipyards for the design and delivery of a new hybrid ferry for foot passengers. The ferry, which will be called “Gaarden” will take approximately one year.
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