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Seatrade Europe 2017

Seatrade Europe to highlight challenges to cruise shipping

A conference session at the upcoming Seatrade Europe in Hamburg from September 6-8, 2017 will present three “Case Studies” on how ports are addressing berth and shoreside congestion as well as increased security, a press release said Monday (July 24, 2017). Alessandro Carollo, Head of Port Operations EMEA at Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd, who will moderate the session, said: “Since the arrival of the world’s largest ship in Europe (Oasis class) in 2014, we have seen a lot of engagement from both to better understand the requirements for ships of that size in terms of technical as well as touristic-related needs. All ports and destinations keen to work with mega ships need to continue to improve their infrastructures and offering, utilizing the success and lessons learned from their predecessors.“

Arrivals, departures, security and sustainability

The first case study will focus on port and airport collaboration for home porting operations, and will be led by Arnt Møller Pedersen, Chief Operating Officer, Cruise & Ferries, Copenhagen Malmö Port: “Copenhagen Malmö Port has for a number of years been working very closely with Copenhagen Airport, Bags Inc. and SAS, testing an ‘Onboard Airline Check-in’ system, which will allow cruise passengers to place their luggage outside their cabin door the night before arriving to Copenhagen, and then retrieve their luggage at the final destination airport. In order to implement the service in full, we still have some challenges with the communication between the European Airlines Amadeus IT system and the Bags Inc. system.”

Sacha Rougier, Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg, will present the second case study focusing on how efficient use of infrastructure can help adapt to a quickly changing world. Rougier also has great insight into best security practices for ports, following the recent G20 summit in the city: “Hamburg deployed some 20,000 police officers for the G20 summit to prevent violent protests and to protect government leaders. As terminal operators we need to deal with most eventualities and therefore we worked closely with the police to enable cruise ships to safely call at Hamburg during this period.”

Rita Berstand Maraak, Port Director of Geirangerfjord Cruise Port, will present the third case study focusing on sustainable tourism and managing congestion ashore. She noted: “We need to change to preserve. Geirangerfjord cruise port relies on a close dialogue with the shipping companies if we are to achieve an appropriate development of the region, and a harmonious relationship between the local community and an active cruise industry. Together, we can ensure a forward-looking and sustainable development – safeguarding both commercial development and the environment.”

Cruise shipping to take centre stage in Hamburg

A record number of cruise ships are expected in Hamburg this year with highlights including events by the Cruise Lines International Association on September 5-6, 2017, Hamburg Cruise Days from September 8-10, 2017, fvw Cruise Live on September 8, 2017. Light artist Michael Batz will be responsible for illuminating Blue Port Hamburg from September 1-10, 2017.

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