Following first successful test arrivals, the new Cruise Center Steinwerder will be officially inaugurated on 9 June 2015 on the Elbe island of Steinwerder, with Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation, holding the opening address.
In recent years, Hamburg has become one of Europe’s most popular cruise destinations. The construction of the Cruise Center in Steinwerder is the next step to meet the demand of the shipping companies for powerful terminal capacity in the future.
Following the timely completion of the shell, the interior of the terminal building with its 10,000 square metres of GFA was fully furnished, and Buchheiserstraße adjusted to handle higher traffic volumes. Also, the quay area was modified, fenders and moorings were added, and the parking area has been covered with a pavement.
“Even without sandy beaches and Caribbean palms, Hamburg successfully developed into one of Europe’s most popular cruise destinations”, says Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation. “Hamburg’s entire economy highly benefits from this development. Today, more than 1,500 jobs are directly linked to this sector, which contributes an added value of about 270 million euro each year. With the third terminal, contributions will even be higher.”
Handling Capacity of 8,000 Passengers per Arrival
The new terminal at Kronprinzkai on the Elbe island of Steinwerder has been built on a plot in the size of two soccer fields. Unlike the existing terminals in Altona and HafenCity, the new terminal features one building for arriving and one building for departing passengers. With a handling capacity of up to 8,000 passengers in one go, Hamburg thus ensures that huge cruise ships with a high passenger-carrying capacity will also be serviced fast and efficiently. A 35.000 square metres large area right next to the embarkation and disembarkation buildings will offer sufficient long-term and short-term parking facilities, providing some 1,500 parking spaces for private vehicles and more than 20 coach bays as well as taxi passenger drop-off and pick-up points.