Kiel Canal News

14 Dec 2019

Black Shark Sails Through Another Milestone

Black Shark - Night render (Photo: NOBISKRUG GmbH)

The custom built hull for NOBISKRUG’s 77-meter Project Black Shark has arrived the at the shipyard’s Rendsburg facility. The towing of the hull from Kiel to Rendsburg marks a significant milestone in the new build project.It took the power of two tugs to haul the hull from the Kiel facility on the shores of the Baltic Sea, setting off at 10am in the direction of Rendsburg. Black Shark’s hull passed through locks before entering the Kiel Canal where it spent three hours travelling at the maximum speed of 8 knots.

04 Dec 2019

New Hybrid Powered Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials

Photo: MOTION AIR/Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen has completed sea trials and will be completed earlier than expected. As a result, Hurtigruten is adding a series of shorter pre-inaugural voyages.MS Fridtjof Nansen is packed with green technology and large battery packs and is, alongside her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship.The Vessel is set for delivery by the end of 2019, well ahead of her April 1 inaugural voyage from Hamburg to the Norwegian coast.Departing from London (March 7)…

21 Mar 2019

Lürssen Launches 95m Superyacht Madsummer

Image: Lürssen

The German shipyard Lürssen launched the 95-metre yacht Madsummer, previously known as project Fiji, from its yard in Rendsburg.The 311-footer superyacht hit the waters of the Kiel Canal and showed off her exterior lines designed by Harrison Eidsgaard."The Owner’s captain and Moran Yacht & Ship supervised the project and brought in their huge spectrum of experience and consolidated knowledge," said a press release.Madsummer‘s exterior lines done by London-based yacht and aircraft design studio Harrison Eidsgaard.

28 Jan 2019

Containerships Nord Completes 1st LNG Bunkering

Pic: M/S Containerships Nord photographed being prepared for her first Marine LNG bunkering.

CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships said that its first LNG-fuelled container vessel, M/S Containerships Nord, successfully underwent her first Marine LNG bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam.Around 240 metric tons of Marine LNG was bunkered to the vessel – an amount that can take her on a roundtrip from Rotterdam to St. Petersburg and back sailing through the Kiel canal twice.The first bunkering was carried out at lay bay berth in a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation from Shell’s Bunker Vessel, the Cardissa.

11 Sep 2018

Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

© Ernst Pieber / Adobe Stock

Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the norther

05 Jul 2018

New Pilot Tenders ‘Dithmarschen’ and ‘Steinburg’ Named

Dithmarschen. Photo: Hafen Hamburg Marketing

The new pilot transfer tenders ‘Dithmarschen’ and ‘Steinburg’ were named in Brunsbüttel at the 3rd of July. Of a new type and identical design, these will be deployed by the Elbe and NOK I pilots’ associations in the heavily frequented entrance to the Kiel Canal. Around the clock and in all weather and all seas, these steel-hull craft with an aluminium superstructure ensure a rapid and safe transfer service. The shape of these ships has been adapted to the special conditions in their area of operations, e.g.

16 Nov 2017

Inside the World's First LNG Containership Conversion

Wes Amelie is now driven by a 7,800 kW MAN 8L51/60DF main engine. (Photo: Wessels Reederei)

The world’s first container feeder vessel refit to use natural gas was commissioned in late August in Bremerhaven, ushering in a new era in the use of alternative fuels across the global maritime sector. The container vessel Wes Amelie, owned by Wessels Reederei, Haren/Ems, was converted for the use of methane as a standard fuel at the German Dry Docks Shipyard in Bremerhaven, making it the world’s first of its kind vessel which consumes environmentally friendly methane. This conversion is more than simply another environmentally advanced ship…

25 Sep 2017

Neptune Shipyard Completes First AIDAnova Module

Photo provided by AIDA

A module of the new cruise ship AIDAnova has been released into the water for the first time at the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, which belongs to the Meyer Group. This is the first of two floating parts, so-called Floating Engine Room Units (FERU), which was placed onto the Warnow river with a special lowering device. The complex module, which stretches over 120 meters long, 42 meters wide and is three decks high, is carrying AIDAnova's four Caterpillar dual-fuel engines, and hence is the heart of the vessel.

22 Oct 2015

Port of Kiel: Cruise Shipping Sets Passenger Record

"AIDAcara" in the port of Kiel (Photo: Port of Kiel)

Press release- This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel was ending on Tuesday October 20th with a visit by the “AIDAcara”. Overall the port registered 133 calls this year by 25 different ships with a total tonnage of more than 8.6 million GT (an increase of 19.4% over last year). The port’s cruise terminals saw 458,771 passengers (29.6% more than in 2014) board or leave a cruise ship. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG) said: “Both passenger figures and overall tonnage totals have set new records for Kiel”.

13 May 2015

Single Window Reporting for All German Ports

Effective from 27 May 2015, German Authorities will implement the reporting requirements for vessels according to EC-directive 2010/65/EU (national single window reporting formalities). This directive is designed to achieve harmonization and simplification of reporting formalities in all European ports and the Kiel-Canal, based on the mandatory electronic data exchange of relevant information between the maritime transport sector and authorities. The responsible reporting party has to report the relevant information via "National Single Window" only once. The "National Single Window" passes this data to the competent authorities for the respective port visit or for the transit of a vessel through the Kiel Canal. Please visit www.national-single-window.de/index.html for further information.

24 Jan 2015

Collision With lock Gate in Kiel Canal

Lock gate

Delays can be expected in the Kiel Canal following a collision this yesterday, 23 January, with the small north lock gate at Brunsbuettel. Only the big north lock chamber and the small south lock chamber at Brunsbuettel are currently available for transits. (For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com) Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

14 Jan 2015

Vessel Delay at Kiel Canal, Germany

Vessels with LOA over 125m and/or draft over 6.5m planning to transit the Kiel Canal are facing waiting times of about 14 hours at Kiel-Holtenau. The waiting time at Brunsbuttel, however, has decreased to about 4 hours. (For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gn@gac.com)

06 Sep 2014

Kiel Canal Lock Closure for Maintenance

The Kiel-Canal Authorities advise that the New Big South Lock Chamber at Brunsbuettel will be out of service for maintenance during the hours between 0700 and 1600 from 8 September to about 11 September. (For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com) Source: Sartori & Berger - GAC agent

27 Aug 2014

Panama Canal: The Billion Dollar Challenge

As the Panama Canal prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, insurers are warning of the increased risks that will arise from the plan to double the cargo-carrying capacity of the world’s most famous canal. In a report entitled Panama Canal 100: Shipping Safety and Future Risks, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) identifies that the value of insured goods transiting the canal zone may increase by over $1 billion per day following completion of the Third Set of Locks Project, which will see two new sets of locks built, creating a third transit lane for larger ships.

05 Aug 2014

Panama Canal Expansion Poses Billion Dollar Challenge

Photo: ACP

As the Panama Canal prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, insurers are warning of the increased risks that will arise from its plan to double the cargo-carrying capacity of ships transiting one of the world’s most important waterways. In a new report entitled Panama Canal 100: Shipping Safety and Future Risks leading marine insurer, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) identifies that the value of insured goods transiting the canal zone may increase by more than $1 billion per day following completion of the Third Set of Locks Project…

13 Jul 2014

Missing Yorkshire Yachtsman Found in North Sea

Ops Room courtesy Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A yachtsman from Yorkshire, reported missing has been found on his yacht in the North Sea, following an extensive search coordinated by Humber Coastguard. His 17ft yacht, Equinox, was approximately 80 miles east of Spurn Point (at the mouth of the Humber) and rescuers found him relatively quickly today, thanks to an emergency positioning beacon aboard his yacht which was activated. The 69-year-old’s family contacted the Coastguard on Thursday as they had become concerned for his safety.

10 Jul 2014

Maintenance at Kiel-Holtenau

The Kiel Canal Authority, Germany, has announced that due to maintenance works, the New Big South Lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of operation next week during the following periods: Mon 14 July: 12:00–18:00 hours Tue 15 July: 07:00–17:00 hours Wed 16 July: 07:00–17:00 hours During these periods, only the New Big North Lock will be in service. Source: Sartori & Berger - GAC agent -hub.gb@gac.com

28 Jun 2014

P&O Cruises’ “Adonia” Joins the Windjammers For the 1st Time

Kieler Woche attracts cruise ships

“The Kieler Woche regatta – an international top sailing event and at the same time the biggest summer festival in northern Europe – is setting new standards and attracting in-creasing numbers of cruise ships”. The comment comes from Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG). This year for the first time, a record sixteen cruise ships have berthed in the port of Kiel during the festival, which is being held from June 21st to June 29th.

11 Jun 2014

Port of Hamburg Reports Brilliant 1st Quarter Results

Photo courtesy of Port of Hamburg

Allocation of funds for the widening of the Kiel Canal also boosts the Port of Hamburg’s competitiveness. At the beginning of June the Budgetary Committee of the German Federal Parliament allocated 265 million euros for the widening of the Eastern section of the Kiel Canal. In April, the committee had already approved 485 million euros for construction of a fifth lock in Brunsbüttel. To speed up the remaining planning and tendering for the widening, the first five million euros should be released this year. The Parliament has committed itself to an additional 260 million euros by 2019.

19 May 2014

Saga Pearl 2 Visits Port of Kiel

John Parton (Cruise Director, Saga Pearl 2“) and Hans-Werner Tovar (City President Kiel)

North Germany shore trips ever more popular with passengers. The cruise ship ‘Saga Pearl 2’ of Saga Cruises arrived in Kiel this morning (Monday, May 19th) from England for her first-ever visit to the port. She sailed over night through the Kiel Canal and was welcomed at the entrance to the Kiel Fiord with a water fountain display from a port tug which escorted the cruise ship to her berth at the Ostseekai. During a reception later on board, Kiel’s City President Hans-Werner Tovar and the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (Seehafen Kiel)…

17 May 2014

Kiel Canal Port Plan lock chamber closures at Kiel-Holtenau

Germany's Kiel Canal Port

The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that the Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service between 07:00 and 17:00 hours from Tuesday 20 May until Thursday 22 May. During the closure times, the Big North Lock Chamber and the Small North Lock Chamber will remain in service. Further temporary closures are scheduled during week 23. Exact times will be announced separately.   hub.gb@gac.com)

09 May 2014

Gernamy's Kiel Canal Lock chamber to close for repairs

The New Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out service for repairs from 0800 hours on 13 May until about 1600 hours on 14 May. During this period, the New Big North Lock Chamber and the North Lock Chamber of the old locks will remain in service. Source: Sartori & Berger - GAC agent

10 Apr 2014

Cruise Season Opens in the Port of Kiel

Photo: Port of Kiel

This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel opened on Saturday, April 5 when the first cruise ship of the year, the AIDAcara, berthed in the port after sailing through the Kiel Canal. During this year’s season, which will last until mid October, 22 different cruise ships are registered to visit Kiel a total of 125 times. The highlights of the season include the Kieler Woche regatta between June 21 and June 29 during which 16 cruise ships will be in the port alongside many tall ships. Dr.

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