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Bornholm's port of Rønne pushes ahead with plans to handle large cruise ships

Render of Rønne Havn's port expansion plan Render of Rønne Havn's port expansion plan

Denmark's commercial port of Bornholm, Rønne Havn A/S and Danish contractor, Per Aaarsleff A/S, have agreed to implement the first phase of an expansion plan which envisages the handling of cruise ships up to 350mtr long.

Planned date for completion is begining June 2019.

'The first phase will mean that we can attract new business areas relatively quickly, while ensuring that the role as a central cruise port is established,' says Thomas Bendtsen, ceo at Rønne Havn A/S.

Work in the first phase of development includes building a new 1,100mtr break water, a multi-purpose terminal with 300mtr berth and ro/ro facility. In addition, the water depth will be dregded to 11mtr.

'This means that from June 1, 2019 we will be able to accommodate the very large cruise ships up to 350mtr in length,' states Bendtsen.

Destination Bornholm ApS, the tourist industry's development and marketing organization welcomes the news: 'We look forward to the expansion of the harbour where we will be able to accommodate larger cruise ships and assist their guests,' said ceo, Pernille Kofod Lydolph.

The project takes into account forthcoming legislative changes for wastewater management in the Baltic and future climate change. It also follows the island's Bright Green Island strategy with Bornholm well on its way to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025.

The facilities will be in line with the IMO/HELCOM regulations for cruise vessels in the Baltic that will apply to new vessels from 2019 and to all existing vessels from 2021.

Posted 20 October 2017

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