Global Ports Holding (GPH), the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, has been awarded a 10-year port concession agreement, with a potential five-year extension option, by bremenports on behalf of the city of Bremen to operate the Columbusbahnhof Bremerhaven (Bremerhaven Cruise Port).
The agreement’s start date is January, 2025 when Bremerhaven Cruise Port is expected to join GPH’s network.
Bremerhaven’s addition to GPH’s network marks an important step in the company’s planned expansion into the Northern Europe cruise market, GPH said. Its location means it is ideally located for Scandinavian and Baltic Sea itineraries.
The cruise terminal is currently undergoing a multi-million euro investment by the local authorities, which once complete will expand and renew the port facilities. In 2022, Bremerhaven Cruise Port welcomed over 230,000 passengers, with over 90% of these being homeport passengers.
GPH was awarded the concession after a transparent and open tender process run by bremenports in accordance with EU tender rules.
Global ports Holding Chairman/CEO, Mehmet Kutman said: “I am delighted that bremenports has awarded GPH the cruise port concession for Bremerhaven Cruise Port. This concession represents another significant step in our ambitions to grow our global cruise port network and to expand our operations in Northern Europe.
”The award is a further endorsement of our operating capabilities and the benefits our stakeholder partnership approach can bring to cruise destinations, passengers and the local population. The GPH team look forward to working with all stakeholders to build further on the success of Bremerhaven Cruise Port,” he said.
More details will be revealed following a presentation to be held on 26th September, 2023, at Bremerhaven.