Frederik Erdmann

Frederik Erdmann

German Correspondent

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.

German operator Nicko Cruises, so far a pure river cruise specialist under the umbrella of Mystic Invest, is venturing into ocean expedition cruising next winter - earlier than previously announced - through a cooperation with Quark Expeditions.

The Port of Kiel is providing additional handling capacity for cruise ships with the construction of a second terminal at the city-centre Ostseekai.

German passengers were the main drivers of growth for Europe's river cruise industry in 2017, following years of only modest gains. However, Germany still trailed the combined US/Canadian source market.

2017 was another record year for Germans cruising, with 2.19m people, an 8.4% increase, choosing a sea-going holiday.

TUI AG's cruise segment—comprised of Marella Cruises, TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises—recorded a 33.5% increase in earnings before interest, taxation and amortization in the first quarter, to €37.5m, up from €28.1m the year before.

German operator Plantours has announced it will add the 2004-built rivership Rousse Prestige to its fleet from March 2019.

Bonn-based operator Phoenix Reisen has confirmed it extended the seasonal charter contract for Deutschland, the previous flagship of now-defunct Peter Deilmann Reederei, until January 2025.

London-based Duke Street Private Equity is set to acquire a majority stake in A-Rosa Flussschiff from Waterland Private Equity Investments, pending antitrust agency approval. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

AIDAnova will embark on a series of 'pre-premiere' cruises in the second half of November prior to her official christening and repositioning to the Canary Islands.

Four passengers were taken to hospital and released the following day after Swiss Crystal, operated by Scylla AG, struck a motorway bridge pillar near Duisburg, Germany, Tuesday night.

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