Cruise Baltic destination partner, the Port of Aalborg is the only CO2-neutral port in Denmark; and now another large investment is on its way, which will be to the benefit of both the environment and the cruise lines.
In collaboration with the municipality of Aalborg, the Port of Aalborg is set to make its largest investment in the cruise business, since constructing the Royal Cruise Berth at the city centre in 2011.
From 2018, cruise vessels will be able to discharge both black and grey water through a connection at the pier and directly into the public sewage system. The waste water will be processed at the local waste water treatment plant. The facility will be able to receive an unlimited volume, with a rate of about 100-150 cubic metres per hour.
Says Cruise Baltic Director, Claus Bodker: “We welcome the news of this significant investment being made by the Port of Aalborg, which is an essential initiative for the future success of the environment in the Baltic Sea Region.”
The facilities will be in line with the IMO/HELCOM regulations for cruise vessels in the Baltics that will apply to new vessels from 2019 and to all existing vessels from 2021.
The investment is in line with the environment strategy of the Port of Aalborg.
- “We want to be the market leader in the supply of environmentally sustainable logistics services and facilities, properties and infrastructure in the port. We will ensure that the business areas achieve international standards in terms of sustainability and local environmental cooperation,”
Claus Holstein, CEO at the Port of Aalborg, said.
During recent years, the Port of Aalborg has experienced a large increase in cruise tourism, and the new investment is set to support that growth.
- “We will make it even more attractive for the cruise lines to choose the Port of Aalborg as their destination. We offer the guests completely unique experiences in the coziest city of Denmark and with the new investment, we also make it easier for the cruise lines to meet the international environmental requirements,”
says Michael Rosenkilde Lund, Cruise Manager at the Port of Aalborg.
In 2016, Aalborg hosted 21 cruise calls and 2017 will prove another record year for Aalborg with 36 cruise vessels calling at the port.