The new cruise terminal will make it easier to handle cruise ships and their passengers (Image: Port of Kiel)
Germany’s Port of Kiel laid the foundation stone for a second cruise terminal building at its Ostseekai berth on 27 November.
Expected to be operational in the 2019 season, the €9 million (US$10.2 million) facility was designed by the Terminalgebäude Liegeplatz 28 GbR consortium, which consists of eins:eins Architekten Hillenkamp & Roselius, and the Architect’s Office Ladwig.
Boasting a large glass façade, the two-storey facility will span 3,700 square metres and will be built at the northern side of the existing cruise terminal. Key features include a panorama terrace, a luggage handling area, a passenger waiting area, check-in desks and a gangway that can be connected directly to visiting cruise ships.
“A high-class architecture was important to us as this terminal will be the first and also the last point of contact with Kiel for many passengers,” said Doris Grondke, Town Councillor for Urban Development. “At the same time, we also wanted to take the people to the waterfront and enable them to experience the unique location of the state capital city. The panorama terrace is the key: direct access to the waterfront with due regard to all the safety regulations of the port.”
Once the project is complete, Port of Kiel will have a dedicated terminal for each of its two Osteekai berths, making it easier to handle simultaneous calls.
“One terminal for each berth means optimum service for shipping companies and passengers alike,” said Claus. “We adapt our capacities to the increasing number of passengers and the ever-growing size of the ships.”
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