The topping-out ceremony of Hamburg’s third cruise terminal marked another milestone for the planned opening of the Cruise Center Steinwerder scheduled for June 2015. 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.
Cost Reduced By 16 Million Euro
Following the timely completion of the shell, the interior of the terminal building with its 10,000 square metres of GFA will commence. Until the opening in the summer, Buchheiserstraße will be adjusted to handle higher traffic volumes, the quay area modified, fenders and moorings added, and the parking covered with a pavement. “In regard to the construction of the new cruise terminal, we are not only right on schedule, but also managed to reduce cost by16 million euro due to excellent project management”, said Jens Meier, managing director of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) at the topping-out ceremony on Wednesday.
1,500 Jobs Directly Linked To Hamburg’s Cruise Industry
“Even without sandy beaches and Caribbean palms, Hamburg successfully developed into one of Europe’s most popular cruise destinations”, Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation stated at the ceremony. “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 in future.”
8,000 Passengers In One Go
Among the guests was also Sacha Rougier, as of February 2015 the new managing director of the Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH. The new company will be the central point of contact for all cruise ship owners, as it will handle both the operation and the berth allocation of all three cruise terminals in Hamburg.
Third Terminal Ideally Located
The Cruise Centre 3 will be built in the port area of Steinwerder, right in the heart of the Port of Hamburg, and next to two popular musical theatres. The new terminal Kronprinzkai will be built on a plot in the size of two soccer fields. Unlike the existing terminals in Altona and HafenCity, the new terminal will have 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. The plans provide for up to 1,500 parking spaces for private vehicles and more than 20 coach bays as well as taxi passenger drop-off and pick-up points.
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