Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2023

33 Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit was the first international cruise ship in three years to call at Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong on 18 January 2023. While the vessel was in port, guests were able to join excursions to the West Kowloon Cultural District, Old Town Central, Victoria Peak via the new Peak Tram, and other attractions. Several of these excursions were newly developed by Hong Kong Tourism Board for the 2023 season. Silver Spirit departed Hong Kong on 19 January following the city’s ‘A Symphony of Lights’ show, which takes place at Victoria Harbour every night. It is the first of multiple international cruise calls scheduled for 2023 and beyond. Hong Kong welcomes first international cruise ship in three years MedCruise participates in EU BlueMissionMed Project MedCruise, which represents 151 ports and 47 associate members in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, has joined the European Union’s BlueMissionMed Project, which was launched in Venice, Italy, in January 2023. The BlueMed initiative aims to advance a shared vision for a more healthy, productive, resilient and valued Mediterranean Sea, while also promoting citizens’ social well-being and prosperity. A range of companies and non-governmental organisations will be acting as partners for the project, including MedCruise. During the launch, president Figen Ayan delivered a presentation on behalf of MedCruise, describing the role of the association in the initiative and outlining its commitment to sustainability. As part of the initiative, MedCruise will have a direct dialogue with the European Union concerning 2025 and 2030 sustainability targets for the maritime industry in Europe. The Port Authority of Valencia in Spain is building a new passenger terminal, which will be used by cruise ships, regular passenger lines between the Balearic Islands and Algeria, and ro-ro traffic. Developed by shipping company Balearia, the terminal will be 100,000 metres square and will hold four berths of varying size, with the largest able to hold a 360-metre-long cruise ship. Balearia will invest €37 million ($40 million) into the terminal while Valencia Port will invest €68 million ($74 million), totalling to around €100 million ($109 million). The terminal will be powered by renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic, wind, hydrogen and biofuel. All docks will also be equipped with an electricity supply network for docked ships to reduce the amount of emissions in the port. Port of Valencia invests $109 million in new passenger terminal MARKETWATCH