Green Shipping Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News
Paul Bartlett is a maritime consultant and editor of Seatrade's annual Green Guide and twice-yearly Middle East Workboat and Offshore marine publications, as well as being a former editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Paul's vast experience of the maritime industry spans three decades and all the continents, and has included spells working in specialised ship finance companies.
The Port of Helsinki is gearing up to meet growing cruise demand and plans to spend €10m on new berths at its Hernesaari cruise harbour which will allow three large cruise vessels to berth simultaneously, leaving existing berths available for smaller cruise ships.
The recent contracting spree by major cruise lines has provided some welcome relief for specialist European builders. Meyer Turku deputy ceo Tapani Pulli revealed that recent orders and two ships which are the subject of MoUs but not yet confirmed orders, could mean that the yard is full until 2023 with work in hand extending beyond then.