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.

In a troubling incident that raises questions about port security, police broke a blockade of Holland America Line's Zuiderdam at Kiel's Ostseekai terminal Sunday night after a group of local radical environmental campaigners had prevented the ship's departure for nearly six hours. Arrests were made. No injuries were reported.

The Ukrainian master of the Swiss-registered Viking Sigyn, involved in a deadly collision with a tour boat in Budapest on May 29, is also under investigation in connection with the collision of Viking Idun and a Maltese tanker on the Scheldt in April.

Wednesday night's deadly collision at Budapest between a small excursion boat carrying South Korean tourists and Viking Sigyn was the second involving Viking Cruises on Europe's waterways this season.

Hamburg Cruise Net (HCN), an association of more than 100 public institutions and private companies involved in cruise tourism, is getting a new managing director with the appointment of Christine Beine, a senior executive at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

Cold ironing is expected to become significantly more attractive in German ports after the federal government this week agreed to cut the EEG charge for electricity supplied to ships by 80%.

Hanseatic Nature was christened Saturday night in Hamburg by godmother Isolde Susset, who has been in charge of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' expedition products for more than 15 years.

A-Rosa Alva, the new river vessel for Rostock-based A-Rosa Flussschiff and its first on the Douro River, was christened by singer/actress Yvonne Catterfeld on Tuesday.

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.

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