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The cruise market in Baltic Sea and neighboring North Sea - Pre-Feasibility Study

Introduction

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) with its unique range of urban heritages, land- and seascapes as well as cultural landmarks shows already today a dynamic cruise shipping development and thus strong internal and external passenger traffic flows. The cruise shipping sector, as this study will analyse, has grown enormously in the last decade. And in the future considerable more transnational passenger flows and consequently border crossing traffic with its environmental and socio-economic impacts has to be expected. Thus, planning and guiding the fast growing demand in the cruise sector in a strategic, sustainable manner is indispensable. This will help to facilitate efficient and sustainable BSR passenger (and freight) transport solutions as stipulated by the BSR action plan. While at the sea side mainly private operators (shipping lines) and international bodies (e. g. IMO) are the main actors, on landside national port administrations and operators have to take over this planning and implementation responsibility. To build up an efficient and sustainable cruise port infrastructure and superstructure (e.g. terminals).

This Pre-feasibility study “Assessment of the cruise market in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and neighbouring North Sea area in the light of the SECA/NECA regulations (2015) – cruise line strategies and needs to improve sustainable port facilities”, has the above described, challenging background. It had been tendered in June 2014 by the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Lead Partner of the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility project “GREEN CRUISE PORT” (other Partners are: Rostock Port, Rosmorport Kaliningrad Branch, Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Tallinn). The tender has been in won by UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting GmbH - Hamburg, having consequently prepared the study which is presented in the following chapters.


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The cruise market in Baltic Sea and neighboring North Sea - Pre-Feasibility Study

November 2014