EU Interreg BSR programme Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations project

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GREENCRUISEPORT is a project in the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020, In GREENCRUISEPORT project GCP port authorities from around the Baltic Sea and the neighbouring North Sea are working together with other main cruise stakeholders, to make the BSR more innovative, more sustainable and better connected, from a cruise tourism perspective.

The project implementation period: March 2016 - February 2019.

Total budget of the project is 2.756 Million EUR, where the ERDF co- financing is 1.93 Million EUR.

GREENCRUISEPORTproject was developed as a follow up of the part-financed EU Interreg BSR Seed Money Facility Green Cruise Port project, which was finalised with the Pre-Feasibility Study in 2014. The lead partner of the project was the Hamburg Port Authority.

Aim of the GCP project

GREENCRUISEPORTelaborates a multidimensional strategic approach for a sustainable and qualitative future development for cruise shipping in port areas.

GREENCRUISEPORTencourages investments and procedures in environmentally friendly cruise port infra- and superstructure in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) as well as in smart traffic links to the public transport and supply systems.

GREENCRUISEPORTproject partnership and geographical scope

GREENCRUISEPORTproject embraces twenty (20) partners, including associated organisations, which represent port authorities, cruise lines, maritime research institute and a governmental body. Geographically it covers all Baltic Sea Region and the neighbouring North Sea.

Project partners:

  • Hamburg Port Authority (Lead Partner)
  • Rostock Port
  • Freeport of Riga Authority
  • Port of Tallinn
  • Klaipeda State Seaport Authority
  • Port of Helsinki
  • Port of Bergen
  • Port of Esbjerg
  • Hamburg Cruise Center
  • Maritime Institute Gdansk

Associated partners / organizations:

  • Port of Oslo
  • Port of Stockholm
  • Port of Copenhagen
  • Port of Amsterdam
  • Port of Gothenburg
  • Rosmorport North-West Basin Branch St. Petersburg
  • Rosmorport Kaliningrad Branch
  • AIDA Cruises
  • TUI Cruises
  • Senate Chancellery of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

GREENCRUISEPORTproject approach

Project tools and main outputs include conferences, workshops and best practice tours (taking place in all BSR countries), policy papers, research, technical and concept studies as well as business cases, sustainable enhancement of partner staff capacities (and other cruise industry stakeholders) and launching of a BSR Green Cruise Port Action Plan 2030, offering strategic orientation and practical guidance for a smart green cruise port development in the coming decade.

The GCP project contains three thematically focused work packages covering the project above-mentioned activities to find smart solutions for green cruise ports in BSR, which are carried out by the project and associated partners.

Work package 1 "Sustainable Energy Supply & innovative Emission Reduction"

  • Reduction of cruise vessel emissions in harbours.
  • Sustainable adaptation of cruise port infrastructure to meet the requirements of the latest technical developments in cruise shipping.
  • Readiness of cruise ports and response of the cruise operators to the emission regulations for the cruise ships (ECA, MARPOL, Annex VI) and EU Directive (2005/33/EC), four options to comply with, e.g. distillate fuels (MDO or MGO), to scrubber systems, to liquefied natural gas (LNG) or to methanol as fuel.

Work package 2 "Cruise Terminal Buildings & Innovative Reception Facilities"

  • Establishment a sustainable cruise port superstructure - terminal buildings and reception facilities.
  • Adoption of the sustainable cruise port superstructure for the bigger cruise ships and corresponding adjustments of reception facilities, e.g. bilge, sludge and scrubber sludge, grey and black water as well as solid and toxic waste disposal facilities
  • Integration of “green” features of sustainable building (e.g. building shells, vegetation on roofs, energy saving systems, solar panels, wind turbines or energy efficient lighting.
  • Accessibility of terminal/vessel by elderly and disabled passenger reception.
  • Social reception of the cruise crew at the port terminals.

Work package 3 "Smart Cruise Port Traffic Solutions & Economic Effects"

  • Environmentally friendly traffic integration of cruise ports into the transport system of the port locations (incl. near hinterland).
  • Assessment of the economic impacts on the cruise port cities and the regional hinterland.
  • Development of smart and sustainable traffic solutions for cruise ports including nautical challenges of growing cruise vessel sizes and adequate sustainable transport links.
  • Solutions for sustainable mobility (e.g. bicycles, public transport).   

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 Workshop 25th - 26th April, 2018, Rīga,Latvia