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Hamburg's cruise sector focusing on sustainability

Growing cruise sector with 220 arrivals, 915,000 passengers - plans for Cruise Days 2019

The Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH (CGH) terminal operator expects Hamburg’s three terminals to grow over 2017 with 220 new arrivals and 915,000 passengers expected in 2018 (2017: 198 new arrivals, 813,000 passengers), a press release said Wednesday (October 24, 2018). The figures already exceed the original forecast of 880,000 passengers this season. This results in a total growth rate of 76 per cent between 2015 and 2018.

Hamburg in world’s top 20

“We are currently far above the normal European market development with this growth. In the worldwide ranking of home ports, Hamburg counts among the top 20, and in terms of growth figures is even ahead of home ports such as Sydney or Miami,” said Sacha Rougier, Managing Director of CGH. The city is prioritising environmental sustainability i.e. ecologically sustainable growth in the developing cruise sector.

Land power plant supplies environment-friendly electricity

Together with the city and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), CGH is aiming to supply environment-friendly energy at all cruise terminals. Since 2016, cruise liners at the Altona cruise terminal have been able to switch off their engines at the berth and draw environment-friendly electricity from Europe’s only shore-side power plant. Another shore-side power plant is being planned for the new terminal in HafenCity, which is due to go into operation in 2022.

Growth and sustainability

“Growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, on the contrary: the current passenger figures show very impressively that growth and taking numerous measures to improve sustainability can go hand in hand,” said Michael Otremba, Managing Director of Hamburg Tourismus GmbH.

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Hamburg Cruise Days 2019

The growing popularity of cruises is due not least to high-profile events such as the Hamburg Cruise Days. The popular maritime event is set to attract hundreds of thousands of cruise enthusiasts from all over the world to the Port of Hamburg from September 13-15, 2019, making it one of the key events in the Hanseatic city along with the Port Anniversary celeberations from May 10-12, 2019.

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