Kiel, December 14th 2017: Knud Sörensen (63), the Marketing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) and Managing Director of Kombi Port GmbH is being seen off into retirement today at a reception in his honour in Kiel’s traditional Eckmannspeicher.
Kiel, October 23rd, 2017: The 2017 cruise shipping season ended in Kiel on October 21st with a visit from the “AIDAvita”. This year the port was visited on 143 separate occasions by 29 different cruise ships. For the first time the number of passengers embarking or disembarking at the port’s cruise shipping terminals passed the half million mark.
Kiel, September 15th, 2017: The 2017 annual Port of Kiel Prize has been awarded to Jörn Grage, Managing Director of SCA Logistics GmbH. The award was presented on Thursday evening, September 14th, as part of celebrations to mark the “Sprottenback”.
Kiel, September 2nd 2017: 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 Captain Galano unveiled a bronze plaque on Kiel’s Cruise Ship Walk of Fame.
Kiel, August 11th 2017: Kiel is expecting a quadruple climax to its cruise shipping season on Saturday, August 12th, when four cruise ships will arrive in the port at the same time, in addition to the Baltic ferries of Color Line, Stena Line and DFDS. In the wake of the “AIDAvita” and “AIDAluna”, the “MSC Fantasia” and the “Zuiderdam“ of Holland America Line will berth on Saturday morning.
Kiel, August 4th 2017: 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.
Kiel, August 3rd, 2017: 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.
Kiel, July 24th, 2017: The port of Kiel 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 %.
(Kiel, July 13th, 2017) In the wake of the opening of a new direct connection to Trieste at the start of the year, an additional intermodal train – the fourth - is now operating between Kiel and Verona. Northern Italy has in the meantime become the most important rail cargo link from Kiel.
Kiel, June 22nd, 2017: 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 the 17th and the 25th of June Kiel expects visits by a total of fifteen different luxury liners.
Kiel, June 14th, 2017: Europe’s most modern ship waste-water reception facility went into operation at Kiel’s Ostseekai on June 14th. During an inauguration ceremony the new plant’s valves were symbolically opened.
Kiel, May 12th, 2017: The latest newbuilding to join TUI Cruises – “Mein Schiff 6” – has berthed in Kiel for the first time. Kiel is the ship’s first passenger port of call in Germany she has visited since she was handed over just a few days ago in Turku in Finland.
Kiel, May 12th, 2017: On Friday, May 12th, Kiel welcomed two very special cruise ships for their first ever visits to the port. The elegant “Le Soléal” berthed directly next to the TUI Cruises newbuilding “Mein Schiff 6” at the Ostseekai Terminal.
Kiel, May 9th, 2017: The PORT OF KIEL, along with Color Line Cargo and SCA Logistics, is putting its service pallet on display May 9-12th on Stand 113, Hall B3 at ‘transport logistic’ in Munich – the world’s leading trade fair for logistics and supply chain management.
Kiel, April 29th, 2017: The biggest cruise ship to visit the Port of Kiel during this year’s summer season arrived on Saturday April 29th from Zeebrugge. The 138,000 GT “MSC Fantasia”, which is 333 m long, reached the Kiel Fiord in the early morning and was given a water fountain welcome and escorted to her berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal.
Kiel, April 27th, 2017: The expansion of Kiel’s Ostuferhafen is being funded by the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein out of its Forward Planning Programme: Economy. On Thursday April 27th, State Premier Torsten Albig handed over notification of the relevant approval for EUR 9.9 million to the Lord Mayor of the State Capital of Kiel Dr Ulf Kämpfer.
Kiel, April 9th, 2017: This year’s cruise shipping season opens in Kiel on April 9th with a call by “AIDAcara”. Up to the middle of October 28 different cruise ships will berth in the port a total of 142 times while up to half a million passengers are expected to go ashore or embark. Dr Dirk Claus said: “We are well prepared and we can expect record passenger volumes and ship sizes.”
(Kiel, 15th March 2017) On Monday (13/03), the ferry “Stena Scandinavica” appeared at the Schwedenkai terminal in Kiel with a large “50” painted on its funnel. This is because the Stena Line route Kiel-Gothenburg celebrates its 50th anniversary on 27th April 2017.
(Kiel, 8th March 2017) Cruises are among the fastest growing market segments in international tourism. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director at PORT OF KIEL: "Cruises have become such a high priority for tourism in Schleswig-Holstein that PORT OF KIEL is exhibiting at the ITB for the first time."
(Kiel, 26th January 2017) The port of Kiel is extending its services in combined traffic. There has been established a new direct train connection between Kiel and the Adriatic port of Trieste in Northern Italy.