2017 Rostock Cruise Season expects 192 Calls

Rostock Expects 192 Call Cruise Season
According to the ‘Cruise Industry News’ the North German port of Rostock/Warnemunde is expecting up to  190 vessel calls in the following  Cruise Season. 

“The year starts for the port on April 27 with the AIDAdiva, and there are five first-time calls including the Columbus, MSC Magnifica, Norwegian Getaway, Seven Seas Explorer and Viking Sky. AIDA will homeport the AIDAdiva and […] Continue Reading…

‘AIDAprima’ Cruise ship docks in Hamburg

The AIDA Cruises’ new ‘AIDAprima’ docked at her new homeport in Hamburg, Germany on 21st April.

AIDAprima is the largest cruise ship in AIDA cruises fleet, with an overall length of 300.00 m , moulded beam of 37.60 m, and maximum draft of8.00 m. The vessel has a capacity of 3,300 passengers and a complement of 900 crew members. AIDAprima has 18 passenger decks, 15 dining […] Continue Reading…

Kiel Canal – Near Vessel accident avoided

KielCanalNorthSeaLocks - foto Wikipedia - Picture by en:User: Leonard G.

The container ship ‘Sonderborg Strait’ got engine failure while in the Kiel Canal near Westerronfeld, Germany. The vessel was sailing from Kiel in the direction of Rotterdam, when it seems to have lost propulsion and went adrift.

The crew did the right thing and avoided what could have been a head-on collision with an oncoming shipe. It reacted by dropping its anchors thus preventing grounding or collision. […] Continue Reading…

Rostock Port and ‘Der Landesverband Hafenwirtschaft’ celebrates 25 years of growth and adapting

The ‘Der Landesverband Hafenwirtschaft’/National Port Association of Germany is celebrating its 25th anniversary today.http://www.rostock-port.de/en/rostock-port/business-directory/company/Landesverband_Hafenwirtschaft_Mecklenburg_Vorpommern_eV_LHMV.html

When the old DDR was taken up into the Bundesrepublic in 1989, when the wall fell, nothing about business in the former East Germany was certain.

Everything had to be re-established and the many changes were not easy for the former DDR workers who had to learn new work methodes and adapt to the […] Continue Reading…

Rostock Port – 10% increase in Cargo volumes 1st half of 2015


We have written about the great passenger advances in this years traffic in Rostock  – http://www.germany-north.com/2015/05/08/cruise-ship-port-rostock-looks-to-record-2015-year/


Cruise ship port Rostock looks to record 2015 year

The Cruise port of Rostock faces a record year in 2015 –  with all together 181 cruise line visits from 39 various Cruise ship vessels. http://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/warnem252nde-cruise-center-to-handle-181-cruise-calls-from-39-ships#.VUsvZzyJg5s

First vessel in this year – in total the season lasts 111 days -was the MS ‘Celebrity Silhouette’ carrying circa 3000 passengers.

These ships are not in anyway beautiful – they are in fact all ugly shoe boxes which would make any […] Continue Reading…

Hamburg’s Harbour and Port

Relaxing by Hamburg Harbour - Germany-North foto


What a better way to find to spend an afternoon than watching other people working! – like at Hamburg’s  Harbour and Port!

Well that is not meant to be exploitative – even though it will probably come across as such – my point is harbours are working areas – they are rarely idle because down-time costs shipping companies lots of demurrage and other fees.

The above picture […] Continue Reading…

Kiel Canal/Nord-Ostsee-Kanal to be Widened – Germany-North Blog

KielCanalNorthSeaLocks - foto Wikipedia - Picture by en:User: Leonard G.

At the beginning of June this year, the German Bundestag Budgetary Committee  allocated 265 million Euro for the widening of the Eastern section of the Kiel Canal.

Building permission had already been granted earlier for the 20 km eastern section of the Kiel Canal. The widening covers the widening from 44m  to 70m metres an work will begin by the end of this year.

In April this year, the committee […] Continue Reading…

Kiel as start & end of Baltic Sea Cruises – Germany-North Blog

Postcard_Panorama_of_Kiel_-1902  - Wikipedia - source Pratyeka

” Kiel, the capital of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, is an ideal place to start and end a cruise. Some 130 cruise ships stop here annually.”

Thus opened a great article about Kiel from the website of the German government owned Deutsche Welle -http://www.dw.de/kiel-baltic-sea-cruise-ship-destinations/a-17604429

While cruises are becoming more and more popular, the North German cities of Kiel, Hamburg, Lubeck and Rostock/Warnemunde are becoming popular and often […] Continue Reading…