Copenhagen Malmo Port will break its own records with more calls and more passengers in 2012, according to COO Arnt Moller Pedersen from CMP, who is responsible for cruise calls in Copenhagen and Malmo.
This year 376 calls on 75 different vessels from 38 international shipping companies are scheduled.
The first ship of the season will be the AIDAcara on April 6, and she is also the last ship scheduled to call on October 10, apart from seven Christmas calls.
In 2012 nearly 840,000 passengers and 240,000 crew members from more than 155 countries are expected to visit Copenhagen.
“We expect that 27 percent of the passengers will be from Germany, 17 percent from the US and Canada, 13 percent from the UK, and 10 percent each from Italy and Spain,” said Moller.
Traffic has grown dramatically in the last 10 years from 173 calls in 2002 to 368 in 2011 and from 175,000 passengers to 820,000.
The biggest ship calling in 2012 will be the 122,000-ton Celebrity Eclipse, while the ship with the most berths will be the 3,194-passenger Emerald Princess.
Some days over the height of the season will see up to seven ships, 25,000 passengers and 8,000 crew members in port.
The port is accepting calls three years out, explained Moller, with 350 calls on the books for 2013, including the Carnival Conquest.
A major new pier for cruise ships is under construction and is scheduled to open May 1 2013. The pier will allow space for three large cruise ships along a 1,100 meter long and 70 meter wide dedicated cruise quay.
Permanent facilities for simultaneous handling of waste water from three big cruise ships will be incorporated at the pier with a capacity up to 900 cbm/hour (300 cbm/hour/ship) and connection points every 60 meters.
The quay will also be prepared for power cable tubes for future investments in cold-ironing. However in 2011 only four ships in the Baltic area were able to use shore power.
In 2014 three terminal buildings, each of 3,300 sqm with green roofs and with 800 sqm solar panels on the roof will be ready. The solar panels will supply enough power to run the terminals when in use. Each building will have 1,800 sqm for passenger handling and 1,500 sqm for luggage handling.
Total investment for the new facilities will be about DKK600 million (approximately $100 million).