November 11, 2021 - Making the Port of Hamburg a pioneer in terms of climate neutrality and at the same time maintaining its attractiveness for cruise lines can only be achieved together. That is the conclusion of the dialogue between shipping companies, associations of the cruise industry and politics.
In Hamburg Last Tuesday, the leaders of three major cruise companies (AIDA Cruises, MSC Germany and TUI Cruises) met with members of the Hamburg Parliament. The professional association CLIA Germany organized the meeting together with Hamburg Cruise Net e. V.
The top representatives of the shipping companies unanimously made it clear: "The cruise companies have been working flat out for some time with shipyards and suppliers to make alternative energy sources ready for use."
Hamburg-Cruise Terminal Steinwerder
Dr. Stefan Behn, chairman of Hamburg Cruise Net e. V., mentioned the following figures: Six percent of shipping-related CO2 emissions in Hamburg are currently due to the cruise industry. In relation to all Hamburg's CO2 emissions, the share of air pollution from cruise ships makes up a vanishing 0,11 percent (as of 2019). The aim would be to absolutely avoid emissions during lay times and to keep the port attractive on the cost side. This requires a cooperation between industry and politics.
Dr. Miriam Putz, spokeswoman for economy, tourism and port of the GRÜNEN parliamentary group, stated: "It is good to see that the cruise lines are continuously developing their innovation strategies against the background of the environmentally harmful emissions." and climate compatibility of the cruises can be achieved. The MP sees an obligation of the other federal states, the federal government and the European Union as well as industry to take an ambitious path towards lower-emission cruises.
Cruise Center Hamburg Altona
Hamburg Cruise Terminal Altona with Aida Luna
Helge Grammerstorf, National Director of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), got to the heart of the matter. The day showed that the cruise has set itself ambitious goals that go far beyond international regulations. “The success is visible and measurable. Not only was the first ocean-going ship with LNG propulsion a cruise ship, but we will also see the first fuel cell in use on a cruise ship in the short term. … In terms of shore power capability, the cruise is way ahead. ”As far as shore power supply is concerned, the statistics look bad: Of the nearly 1.000 cruise ports worldwide, only 14 ports currently offer shore power supply.
Hamburg Cruise Net e. V. (HCN) is the umbrella association of the cruise industry in Hamburg. The association represents around 100 members from all areas of cruise and tourism.
The CLIA is the world's largest umbrella organization for the cruise industry with offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.