Global Ports Holding (GPH), the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, has signed a 20-year agreement with Denmark’s Port of Kalundborg.
This agreement calls for the provision of services for cruise passengers at Kalundborg.
Kalundborg will be GPH’s first port in the Northern European cruise port area, marking an important milestone in the continued development and growth of the company, it said.
It is located in the centre of Denmark, next to a deepwater route and is just over an hour from Copenhagen City Centre. The port’s geographic location means that it can provide cruise lines with a time saving and fuel-efficient alternative to Copenhagen Cruise Port.
Until now, Kalundborg has only received a handful of cruise calls per season. However, with a new 500 m quay completed in 2019 and with the addition of GPH’s global expertise and know-how, strong growth is expected in cruise traffic at the port over the years ahead, the company claimed.
As part of the agreement, subject to certain conditions, GPH will invest up to €6 mill by the end of 2025 in a purpose-built cruise terminal. GPH said that it expected to take over cruise port operations before the end of the current financial year.
GPH, CEO, H Emre Sayin, said: “Kalundborg is an economic, sustainable and time efficient alternative port in Denmark for cruise lines and wanting to visit. Therefore, we are very much looking forward to working with the port authority, cruise lines, and local stakeholders, as we introduce and transform the charming destination of Kalundborg into a sustainable port of turnaround and visit for the region.
“We believe that the enhanced cruise port facilities will deliver a great experience for all passengers visiting Kalundborg. I am also thrilled because this agreement is a milestone for GPH as Kalundborg is our first port in the Northern European cruise market,” he said.