Trondheim, Norway, upgrades and plans for the future
In August cruiseships were allowed back into Norwegian waters following the pandemic. The first call came from World Voyager with 11 more to follow. For 2022, 98 calls are scheduled.
The port is constantly upgrading. This year the pathway from the city to the main cruise quay was re-done with stairs leading to the fjord. The welcome area just outside the ISPS-zone was widened. Tourists will be welcomed in 2022 by a pop-up tourist information close by.
The renewal of the polyethylene fender system of the cruise quay is planned for 2022. The shore excursion parking area is due for an upgrade in 2022.
Shorepower at quay 2 at Pier I is available every day after 1300 for vessels with a length up to 140m and a depth of 8m. It is available with a maximum capacity of 2.5mW, 50Hz, 660/690V with 6 Covotec plugs, each up to 350A.
Maria Kuhnl Undheim, marketing manager cruise Trondheim Port Authority, says: “We have the possibility to purchase a higher frequency converter if found feasible. We aim to offer shorepower also at the main cruise quay by 2025 for all sizes of vessels.”
A basic feasibility study looking into establishing a new cruise berth is going forward with the next phase, obtaining geotechnical data to get a detailed map of the options at Pier I. This location has a depth of 10-12m and space for vessels up to 350m length. The renewal of the polyethylene fender system of the cruise quay is planned for 2022.
The shore excursion parking area is due for an upgrade in 2022.
The new cruise manual has 13 new or revised tours. The Granasen ski jump arena is being redone completely in preparation for the world ski championship in 2025. It will be open as a visitor attraction by 2023. In addition an educational Ocean Space centre is being built with delivery scheduled in 2028.
In 2019, 13 cruise communities in Norway signed a joint will with 14 measures. Nr 11 demands that ports prioritise vessels with a high environmental standard when assigning berths. Therefore, bookings and booking changes made at Trondheim Port Authority after 01.02.2022 for the calendar year 2025 and onward will be affected by environmental parameters.
Vessels with a shore power connection are prioritised to dock at the main cruise berth. If competing vessels have the same standards, scores like EPI or ESI are used before the port reverts to the original first-come first-serve rule. Confirmed berths are fixed two years in advance and are then not impacted by environmental parameters anymore.