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Nadine Palatz is the new managing director of Hamburg Cruise Centre

Palatz is the new managing director of Hamburg Cruise Center

Nadine Palatz is the new managing director of Hamburg Cruise Centre, taking over from 69 year old Gerd Drossel who has been at the helm of the association for six years.

Drossel has managed the administrative office of Hamburg Cruise Center since January 2009. Prior to this he had spent 40 years with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG.

Drossel informed attendees of his decision ay the agm of Hamburg Cruise Centre on December 17. 

Speaking on behalf of the members Dr Stefan Behn, chairman of the HCC, thanked Drossel for his untiring efforts, which have been essential to the positive development of Hamburg’s cruise industry.

The meeting unanimously elected Nadine Palatz, who has worked in the association’s administrative office since January 2007, as Drossel’s successor.

She is taking up the position of managing director of the Board of Directors with immediate effect.

During her eight years at HCC, Palatz has been active in both the German and wider European cruise industry circles.

She has also been managing director of the Atlantic Alliance since 2008, a joint marketing project of 18 western Atlantic ports and an active member of Cruise Europe (from 2008 to 2010).

Palatz said she is looking forward both to new challenges as well as even closer cooperation with the city’s marketing bodies and the new terminal operator, Cruise Gate Hamburg.

‘Our objective in the future will be to further bundle the strengths and competences Hamburg has in the cruise segment since networks are the foundation for success,’ continued Palatz.

Cruise Net Hamburg, a joint initiative of the public part of the Ministry for Economy, Transport and Innovation’s Central Office for the cruise industry and the private companies united under the umbrella of the HCC association will focus on making a contribution towards this bundling.

The initiative’s executive instrument will be the Cruise Office, which will continue to be headed by Drossel as the senior project manager.

A new project assistant Ellen Rüdiger has joined the team headed by Palatz. Rüdiger was a former assistant shore excursions manager with TUI Cruises and has also worked as a tourist guide, showing cruise passengers the attractions of her home town, Rostock.

A number of other posts were also reallocated at the HCC agm. Among others, Tine Oelmann, director port operations, shore excursions & ground handling at TUI Cruises, was elected to the board of directors.

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