An approximately 1,100-meter long, new quay for cruise ships can now be constructed following a decision by Copenhagen's city council last week. CMP will now be able to further develop services for the rapidly growing cruise ship traffic. The new quay will be ready by the beginning of the 2013 season.
The decision by Copenhagen's city council clears the way for detailed planning of the new cruise ship quay. Moreover, the plans that have now been adopted enable filling of an area corresponding to 245 acres in Copenhagen's Nordhavnen harbour district, where a new container terminal can also be constructed. The builder for the project is By & Havn, one of CMPs principal owners.
"We're very happy with the decision and looking forward to quickly gaining access to a new quay," says Arnt Møller Pedersen, who heads CMP's cruise ship operations. "The new quay will be 1,100 metres long and 70 metres wide. This will enable flexible terminals and support facilities for passenger service. At the same time, the solutions for cars, buses and taxi service will become more efficient."
Arnt Møller Pedersen and his colleagues can look back on a successful 2009, with cruise ship traffic increasing by about 10 percent compared to the year before – and this when tourism in general declined in Denmark. In 2009, CMP received 335 ships with a total of 677,000 cruise ship passengers. Eight new ships arrived in Copenhagen for the first time, and overall, CMP received passengers from 151 different countries.
"About half of our cruise ship arrivals were so-called turn-around arrivals, which on an average brought in SEK 1,600 per passenger for the local tourism trade. This can be compared to transit passengers, who contribute with about a third of this amount," says Arnt Møller Pedersen.
As mentioned previously, cruise ship traffic is extensive. During August of 2009, CMP had 89 arrivals, which is a record. During the most hectic day of this past summer, seven ships were in port with a total of 15,600 passengers. The new cruise ship quay will therefore be well utilised.
"It feels good that we can move forward with this large and exciting project," says Johan Röstin, CEO for CMP. "The decision is a confirmation of the positive development in cruise ship traffic and entails that Copenhagen is strengthening its position as northern Europe's largest and most popular cruise ship destination."
The quay will be hyper-modern facility and equipped so that ships can receive electrical power from land, which will reduce environmental impact. Moreover, permanent facilities for handling of waste water from the cruise ships will also be constructed.