Frederik Erdmann is Seatrade's German cruise correspondent since 2002. Following secondary school graduation he joined the port agency network, Sartori & Berger, on a vocational training program. After subsequent studies of Business Administration, Frederik Erdmann held various positions at Sartori & Berger until 2010. After a period of working with the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed Designated Person Safety/Security, Environment and Quality of the coastal ferry operator, Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei. As a maritime trade press correspondent and visiting lecturer of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Frederik Erdmann concentrates on ferry and cruise ship management, port development as well as safety and security in passenger shipping. He is also a member of the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce's Tourism Committee.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises appointed Dag Dvergastein, with 35 years of cruise ship experience, as the new captain of its five-star-plus flagship, Europa.
AIDAluna resumed service today with new shopping and dining options and a technical upgrade following an overhaul at Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg that began April 3.
TUI UK & Ireland is launching TUI River Cruises, catering to the UK market and for adults only. Three second-hand ships are going to be acquired to operate on the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers starting next April.
New trends for the German market emerged in 2018 with a swing toward longer cruises and a pullback from remote destinations like Asia and the Caribbean in favor of Europe, particularly the Baltic but also the Eastern Mediterranean.
Just over a week after the Viking Sky incident off the Norwegian coast, another Viking cruise vessel – this time a river vessel – was in a collision with a tanker on the Scheldt while sailing from Antwerp to Ghent.