Norwegian cruise port improvements

2024-03-27T18:56:52+00:00 March 27th, 2024|Ports|

A second tender dock is under construction at Nordfjordeid, Norway, which will facilitate more effective handling of the larger ships when at anchor, according to Jacob Bredesen, the port’s Marketing Manager.

In addition, the whole berth – from the SeaWalk to the road and the terminal building surrounds – is being resurfaced. The terminal building is also being upgraded with a new exterior, together with new signage and information on attractions.

The port is also “…planning a fully-fixed concrete berth for cruise ships, which will replace the SeaWalk, and will be able to accept the largest cruise ships afloat,” Bredesen added.

“This will enable much more effective operation, and make the docking process and crew requirements much simpler. This will also make it a lot easier for us to implement shore power,” he said.

Within the terminal complex, six charging stations have been fitted for electric cars, with a plan to add charging stations for buses and trucks.

“This will enable the ship agents and others in the supply chain to move to electric vehicles,” Bredesen explained, and added that electric RIBs are being tested in Geiranger this season, and will be implemented in Nordfjordeid, once the shore power is in place.

Luxury yacht ‘Riva Italia’, built in 1961, is also going to be converted to fully electric operations, thanks to government funding. In addition the Viking ships, ‘Ask’ and ‘Birk’, will have electric support motors fitted.

The port continues to operate its small electric bus for town tours and now awaits the technology to enable the use of fully electric tour buses.

In Harstad, last June, a new quay was inaugurated in the town centre.

Built on the site of a previous quay, the 276 m long berth, with a depth of 9.5 m, is fully financed by the Port of Harstad (PoH).

Prior to its opening, cruise ships berthed at Stangnes industrial area, about a 10 min drive away.

The maximum size of ship that can berth at the new quay is 300 m in length, explained Cecilia Henningsen, business developer PoH.

“Now we can have two ships of 150 m, or one ship over 150 m, at the quay,” she said.

There were four calls in 2022, 13 last year and 10 are scheduled this year, of which, eight will be visiting for the first time.

“Several of the [visiting] captains gave us great feedback on the approach to the quay, about the new quay itself, and its proximity to everything,” Henningsen added.

This year, the port is introducing EPI. “The port wants to actively collect and measure its environmental footprint,” she explained.

“Our port wants to contribute with what we can do to facilitate and improve the environment.

“This initiative will enhance knowledge and communication and lay the groundwork for a future reward system to incentivise sustainable practices among cruise ship operators.

“We are pleased to be able to use this and see how we can work with the EPI system to become even more environmentally-friendly, together with the cruise lines,” she explained.

For visiting passengers, it is just a 150 m walk from the quay gate to the centre of Harstad or 50 m to the shopping mall, where there are public toilets and free internet access.

Discounts are also offered to the crew in various outlets.

Independent travellers can visit the many attractions in the town, explore the archipelago by boat/rib, or explore one of the nearby nature trails.

To venture further afield, taxis and buses are located near to the port. For shore excursions, there are parking spaces for about 12 buses close to the ISPS fences.

Harstad, with a population of 25,000, is open year-round, due to its sheltered harbour and is keen to extend its season to showcase the town and surrounding area in winter.

(stories courtesy of Cruise Europe)