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Cruise ports develop infrastructure to meet new environmental requirements

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Cruise ports also aim to develop infrastructure to meet new environmental requirements. To help members achieve this, MedCruise has partnered with the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC). Together, the organisations plan to advance guidelines on the development of cruise port infrastructure and help MedCruise members benefit from the growth of the industry. The first discussions were held at the MedCruise General Assembly in Tenerife last September. Architects often design port facilities according to the type of operations they will carry out, considering whether cruise lines will use the port for turnaround or transit calls – or both. Transit ports must provide berths of a minimum depth, quays of a certain length, and a wide apron for handling passengers, International Ship and Port Facility Security rules implementation, immigration and customs. A high-quality connection to the local tourist attractions is also essential.

Turnaround ports must be easily connected to passengers’ possible arrival or departure points, such as airports, railway station or bus stations. It is particularly important to offer international connections at airports so passengers worldwide can easily reach their departure port. It is also critical for turnaround ports to provide vast parking areas near the terminal.

Some ports in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas are currently working on infrastructure development projects that take into account minimum requirements for draughts, berthing lines and navigation channels. Others are collaborating with destination representatives and stakeholders to improve the accessibility from the cruise terminal to the city, minimise road disruption, and to provide better car parking and public transport facilities. In addition, several port authorities and decision makers are upgrading the various spaces inside the cruise terminal, as well as the ground transportation area.

"Upgrading infrastructure takes long-term planning because port authorities must secure financing, complete environmental and other technical studies, and consult with multiple institutions before and during work"

Upgrading infrastructure takes long-term planning because port authorities must secure financing, complete environmental and other technical studies, and consult with multiple institutions before and during work. All of this adds to the initial high cost of the infrastructure investment. The cruise industry is constantly evolving, and vessels have continued to grow in all dimensions for more than 40 years. For example, two of today’s biggest cruise vessels are Royal Caribbean International’s 360-metre long, 47-metre wide Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, which were built in 2009 to accommodate 5.400 passengers. Their size differs significantly from the cruise line’s former Song of Norway, which was built in 1970 and with a length of 168,5 metres, a beam of 24,1 metres and capacity for around 724 passengers.

Higher manoeuvrability, design changes and the use of technology are also key aspects that port authorities and architects must consider when developing infrastructure for particular vessels.

Needs also change when it comes to greener port infrastructure. Decisions on green infrastructure investments should be made in cooperation with the port users and stakeholders, as there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. For example, cruise ports provide waste and cargo residue reception facilities that comply with existing regulatory requirements. However, to get the best results, the facilities and waste delivery and handling plans must be designed after an extensive consultation with all port users.

"As ship sizes increase and more people choose to cruise, ports must improve their infrastructure. However, this does not mean that cruise infrastructure will pay off automatically, nor that it will ensure ports secure cruise traffic"

As ship sizes increase and more people choose to cruise, ports must improve their infrastructure. However, this does not mean that cruise infrastructure will pay off automatically, nor that it will ensure ports secure cruise traffic. Certainly, investing in upgrades and construction activities is susceptible to several risks. It is difficult to secure funding and there is a long return on investment period, especially because cruising is seasonal and terminals may not be fully used all year round.

"Long-term engagement would involve cruise lines committing to calling at the ports for longer periods of time, and ports becoming more actively engaged with itinerary planners and cruise and destination marketers"

Ports in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas continue to take these risks into account, frequently preparing for the worst when making their business cases for the intended infrastructure investments. However, they need more long-term engagement from cruise lines to help them to streamline investments and timelines, avoiding potential mismatches between their long-term port improvement vision and the cruise lines’ short-term itinerary planning decisions. Long-term engagement would involve cruise lines committing to calling at the ports for longer periods of time, and ports becoming more actively engaged with itinerary planners and cruise and destination marketers.

MedCruise will continue to create platforms that enable cruise ports and cruise lines to ensure their strategies are aligned and that ports can provide the infrastructure cruise lines need.

 

18 Apr 2017 17:57
The Grimaldi Group extends its services to Mexico

The Grimaldi Group announces an important enhancement of its overseas maritime services: a new direct service to Mexico, dedicated to the transport of cars, rolling freight and project cargo has been recently launched.
The link is an upgrade of a regular service between the Mediterranean and North America, already performed by the Group with great success since 2015. The new extended service connects the Italian ports of Civitavecchia and Savona and the Turkish port of Gemlik with the North American ports of Halifax (Canada), [ ... ]

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15 Apr 2017 19:35
The 4th Tweed Run will take place in Spetses!

The stylish bike ride that was warmly welcomed in the most important cities of the world as well in Spetses, comes for the fourth time on 21-23rd of April at the car-free, cosmopolitan island of the Saronic Gulf.
The Tweed Run is a carefree bike ride with vintage bikes and atmosphere of a bygone era, accompanied by stylish presences and stops for tea and picnics.
The 4th Tweed Run is looking forward to welcoming you and enjoy every moment of the 4th Tweed Run!

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14 Apr 2017 20:30
Shipping Company of the Year Award for the Grimaldi Group

The Italian group receives the prestigious recognition during the North America Automotive Global Awards

Naples, 10th April 2017 – In the majestic surroundings of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, last 5th April the Grimaldi Group received the Shipping Company of the Year award. The ceremony was held during the third edition of the North America Automotive Global Awards, an event organized by Three6Zero, an editorial group specialised in the automotive industry with various publications distributed in America, Asia, [ ... ]

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14 Apr 2017 16:13
MedCruise Ports head to China

As part of MedCruise marketing strategy aiming to promote the Mediterranean as the most popular cruise destination among Asian cruisers, MedCruise is attending this year ITB China 2017: http://www.itb-china.com/ event.

ITB China to be held 10-12 May in Shanghai is a travel trade show exclusively focused on the Chinese Travel Market. The three day event gathers international destinations, service and travel technology providers in Shanghai connecting them with handpicked Chinese buyers. MedCruise will be represented by Maria [ ... ]

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10 Apr 2017 19:33
Chinese Ports Reaching Maximum Capacity

China's ports could reach maximum capacity by early June as stockpiles iron ore build pressure on facilities to create more storage space – resulting in buildings being demolished to create larger ones, trading sources have told Reuters.

The current volume of iron ore in China equates to about 95 million tonnes of steel — enough to build 12,960 replicas of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

This is a result of the marketplace jumping 15.3% in January-February as a price rally last year extended into 2017.

However, imported ore [ ... ]

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06 Apr 2017 19:57
George Marinakis at the opening of the

During the official opening of the "50th International Andros Regatta”, we met Mr. Marinakis- the Managing Director of SetelHellas, who gave us a short interview.

Q: There are a lot of discussions around "green shipping" lately, especially after the recent regulatory measures by EU and IMO.Can the maritime industryto be leader in green technology?

A:First of all, I would like to congratulate the organizers for the wonderful evening and wish them good luck.

Now- at the macro scale, the world that we are living today is simply [ ... ]

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05 Apr 2017 14:31
The Grimaldi Group Supplier of the Year 2016 by General Motors

This is the 16th time that the Group has received the award in the last 17 years.

The Grimaldi Group was named a Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 25th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held Friday, March 31st in Orlando, Florida.

GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier [ ... ]

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03 Apr 2017 13:51
Cruise ports develop infrastructure to meet new environmental requirements

Cruise ports also aim to develop infrastructure to meet new environmental requirements. To help members achieve this, MedCruise has partnered with the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC). Together, the organisations plan to advance guidelines on the development of cruise port infrastructure and help MedCruise members benefit from the growth of the industry. The first discussions were held at the MedCruise General Assembly in Tenerife last September. Architects often design port facilities according [ ... ]

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