GreenPort Cruise

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 09:00 - 17:30

The first GreenPort Cruise conference will take place on Tuesday, 13th September 2011 at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg, Germany.

Further details about the programme will be released shortly, for more information or to submit a paper please email: or call +44 (0) 1329 825335.


CRUISE GATEWAY North Sea – lighthouse project of green cruise development in the North Sea Region

The cruise industry is the fastest growing tourism sector at the moment. The cruise lines are adding berth capacities to the market, the ships get even bigger, and an increasing source market can be registered.

The Partners of the new European cruise project ‘CRUISE GATEWAY North Sea’ are looking well ahead. They are considering ways of encouraging and promoting cruise activities in the North Sea Region based on the common thread of sustainability – including the promotion of environmental awareness and eco-friendly transport structures, and avoiding congestion. The aim is to create a raised awareness of the NSR as a cruise destination. Much progress and work is being done on making cruise ships as environmentally friendly as possible by the cruise lines themselves. On the land side, another emphasis is put on energy consumption and green issues on the quay side and land based cruise tourism, another topic for CRUISE GATEWAY. The aim is to contribute to improved cruise accessibility in the NSR on a sustainable basis, enabling comprehensive economic and social benefits.

The rising price of fuel could prove a major advantage to ports in the EU North Sea Region as they seek to develop and promote much more cruise activity. Cruise lines are very conscious of maximising their fuel economy and are tending to favour itineraries which enable them to steam more slowly in order. That means they are looking for ports which are quite close together – offering a short hop to the next destination. CRUISE GATEWAY will develop solutions with certain horizons that will also be applicable in ten years’ time.