First Visit to the Port of Kiel by Mein Schiff 3

By Michelle Howard
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Photo courtesy of Port of Kiel

New TUI Cruises flagship welcomed at the Ostseekai.

Mein Schiff 3 - the new flagship of TUI Cruises, and currently also the biggest cruise ship sailing with any German shipping company, has arrived in the Port of Kiel on her maiden visit. The new 99,500 GT, 294 m long ship was welcomed with a water fountain display from a port tug when she entered the Kiel Fiord. At a traditional on-board reception later Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL) and Robert Vollborn, Kiel’s First Deputy City President, presented the Port of Kiel’s commemorative ‘First Call’ plaque to Richard J. Vogel the CEO of TUI Cruises and to Captain Kjell Holm.

Dirk Claus said “we are very proud to be able to welcome this splendid new ship to Kiel. We are also very pleased that she is introducing herself here even before her official naming ceremony”, he added. Mein Schiff 3 was first making a short trip in the direction of the Danish Island of Bornholm in the evening before returning to Kiel on Friday and berthing again at the Ostseekai. On Saturday June 7 TUI Cruises was holding a "Day of Discovery" on board the ship after which “Mein Schiff 3” was scheduled to head for Hamburg where she was being officially named on June 12.

Inside four days, all three of TUI Cruises ocean-going cruise ships have been in Kiel for people to see. Mein Schiff ” started the ball rolling on June 1 ahead of Mein Schiff 1 which berthed at the Ostseekai the following day. The arrival of Mein Schiff 3 on June 4 completed the trio of visits. “The fact that all three ships of TUI Cruises are calling at Kiel this season underscores the close partnership enjoyed by the port and the shipping company,” said Dirk Claus.

Overall, the Schleswig-Holstein state capital will be visited 18 times this year by the cruise ships of TUI Cruises. The most frequent visitor will be Mein Schiff 2 which is starting 12 cruises from the Ostseekai during this year’s summer season. During the Kieler Woche regatta at the end of June, both Mein Schiff 2 (June 22) and Mein Schiff 1 (June 27) will be on the Kiel Fiord to draw admiring glances. There is another highlight to look forward to as well: during the 2015 summer cruise shipping season, Kiel will also become the base port for Mein Schiff 4, which is currently being built at the STX Shipyard in Turku Finland. 

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels,

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of M/V Leviathan

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that on September 19, 2014 it has taken delivery of M/V Leviathan,

ecoTAURuS Aims to AccelerateTerminal Process

Inlecom Systems Ltd (Inlecom), the transport and logistics research and innovation company, has launched ecoTAURuS, the e-transport solution for real time truck

Shipbuilding

Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels,

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of M/V Leviathan

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that on September 19, 2014 it has taken delivery of M/V Leviathan,

BMT Nigel Gee To Launch Project L3 at Monaco Yacht Show

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, will be launching its latest innovative design, ‘Project L3’ at the Monaco Yacht Show. Building on Nigel Gee’s

Ports

New Rotation of CMA CGM Joint Service Unveiled

CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) announced the rotation of its new service in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL)

ecoTAURuS Aims to AccelerateTerminal Process

Inlecom Systems Ltd (Inlecom), the transport and logistics research and innovation company, has launched ecoTAURuS, the e-transport solution for real time truck

Impact of CITGO Oil Refineries Sale: Analysis

A sale of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA’s Citgo refining assets could dramatically change crude oil flows: Poten & Partners consider the outcomes in their latest 'Tanker Opinion'.

News

Too Many Passengers Lands Ferry Company in Court

Carrying numbers of passengers, including schoolchildren, far in excess of its license, has cost representatives of a Hampshire ferry company fines and costs totaling £12,340.

Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels,

New Rotation of CMA CGM Joint Service Unveiled

CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) announced the rotation of its new service in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL)

Vessels

Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels,

New Rotation of CMA CGM Joint Service Unveiled

CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) announced the rotation of its new service in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL)

Charterers Remain Optimistic Despite Small Downturn

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three months to August 2014, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1694 sec (6 req/sec)