Port of Hamburg has started construction works on a third cruise ship terminal as a response to a growing number of passengers. The number of cruise ship passengers is expected to double by 2022.
The Cruise Centre 3 will be built in the port area of Steinwerder, right in the heart of the Port of Hamburg, for which the German Government has allocated a budget of $108.7m.
The planned berth at Kronprinzkai will be able to accommodate modern cruise liners, and from June 2015, the next generation of cruise ships can dock there.
Unlike the existing terminals in Altona and HafenCity the new terminal will have one building for arriving and one building for departing passengers.
This is to ensure that the new class of cruise ships with higher passenger-carrying capacity can be serviced fast and efficiently.
A 10,000 sqm 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.
Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has announced that this project is a collaboration between the HPA and the Hamburg Airport, with both sides involved in all aspects of the venture.
The ground-breaking ceremony started with a premier docking of a cruise ship.
The HPA believes that the third cruise ship terminal will establish Hamburg in the cruise ship industry as an important destination, and Hamburg Airport is confident that with all the expertise gathered from both authorities Hamburg is well equipped for the passenger turnaround in the future.
World Maritime News Staff; July 7, 2014