GREEN CRUISE PORT - Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations

March 2016 -
February 2019
3. Transport 3.4 Clean shipping


Planning and meeting the fast growing demand and the associated environmental requirements in the cruise sector in a strategic, sustainable manner is necessary. Due to the transnationality of the ‘cruise product’, only a joint planning process of Baltic Sea Region ports will have sustainable results.


The cruise shipping sector in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) has grown enormously in the last decade. From 2001 to 2013 cruise ship calls (visits by a cruise ship at a port) grew by a total of 59 % (1,601 to 2,552), passenger visits increased by a total of over 260 % (1,227,000 to 4,434,000). Cruise tourism is global and in the BSR continued strong growth is predicted and is going to remain on a strong growth trend with the available capacity (determined by the active cruise fleet) continuing to grow.

While at the seaside private shipping lines and international bodies, e. g. the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are the main actors, on land national port administrations and terminal operators take over this responsibility. Clean Shipping is needed in order to encourage investments in environmentally friendly cruise port infra- and superstructure as well as in better, smart traffic links to the public transport and supply systems.

Consequently the core challenge of the project with its ten partners and ten supporting organizations from all BSR countries will address the main public and private stakeholders in the region (and beyond), like ports and Port Authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, politicians, etc. The project aims to find smart solutions for greener cruise ports in the BSR in three work packages (WP): Sustainable Energy Supply & innovative Emission Reduction, Cruise Terminal Buildings & innovative Reception Facilities and Maritime and Landside Cruise (Terminal) Traffic Links. This integrated thematic approach, supported by consequent project management will build a sound basis for a successful project implementation 2016-2019.

Project tools and main outputs and results will 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.

Highlights by mid-term:

Innovative waste management and reception facilities in ports, modern cruise port architecture, traffic challenges of cruise terminals - these are some examples of themes that cruise shipping stakeholders were addressing during several project workshops.

Green Cruise Port prepared a report “Onshore Power Supply for Cruise Vessels”. The report comprises business cases for establishing shore power solutions in the ports of Bergen (NO), Hamburg (DE), Rostock (DE), Tallinn (EE), and Helsinki (FI). Onshore power for vessels while in ports is one possible technology to avoid air and noise pollution from cruise vessels in cities. The report looks at the costs and benefits for vessel operators and ports related to establishment of onshore power supply. Based on the findings of this report, Green Cruise Port can provide information to governments and local authorities on how to reduce barriers to onshore power for vessels. Furthermore, Green Cruise Port prepared a study on “Common standards in the measurement of economic effects by cruise tourism” that estimates the impacts of current and potential cruise operations at sea ports.

The project won the Baltic Sea Forum's Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award in the category ‘Infrastructure’ in 2017.


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Hamburg Port Authority

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Hans-Ulrich Wolff

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