June 23, 2022 – The Cuxhaven Cruise Forum took place last week. Topics included the Restarting the industry after the Covid pandemic, new, environmentally friendly ship propulsion systems and the positioning of the city of Cuxhaven as a cruise port.
The organizers of the Cuxhaven Cruise Forum were the IHK Stade for the Elbe-Weser region and the Tourismuswirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e. V. (TWG). More than 100 industry representatives attended the event organized in the traditional Hapag halls. The statement by the federal government's coordinator for the maritime economy and tourism, Claudia Müller MdB, was of interest. In her speech, she emphasized the primacy of the cruise industry in the sustainable development of maritime shipping.
Helge Grammerstorf, National Director of CLIA Germany, presented the perspectives of the cruise industry after Corona. In this context he stated that the first CO2-neutral ships would be on the market in 2030. And by 2050, cruise ships as a whole will be CO2-neutral. The perspective goes far beyond the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) represents the world association of the cruise industry.
One of the participants in the panel discussion that followed was Dr. Jan Meyer (Managing Director MEYER Werft GmbH & Co. KG). He explained that each new generation of ships is 20 percent more energy efficient than the previous one. He referred to Mein Schiff 7, which is under construction at MEYER Turku. In the future, the ship is prepared for operation with bio-methanol.
Mein Schiff 2 - Sister ship of Mein Schiff 7
NPorts, the operating company of the state-owned ports in Lower Saxony, announced at the Cuxhaven Cruise Forum that the pier at the Steubenhöft Terminal in Cuxhaven next to the sea resort bridge is now available for cruise ship calls. This allows cruise ships with a length of up to 400 meters to call at it. The cruise is thus returning to its "birthplace", where Albert Ballin, as Hapag's general manager, invented this form of travel in 1891. For the time being, the Hurtigruten ship Otto Sverdrup makes a short stop in Cuxhaven every two weeks on its way from Hamburg to Norway.