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“Cruise Experience in Malta”. Jason Bongailas Malta Maritime Authority Passenger Traffic Trends In The EU – Especially Cruise Within the “Baltic Range” Port-Net Workshop 22 – 25 May 2007 Klaipeda. Passenger Transport by Sea.

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cruise experience in malta

“Cruise Experience in Malta”

Jason Bongailas

Malta Maritime Authority

Passenger Traffic Trends In The EU – Especially Cruise Within the “Baltic Range”

Port-Net Workshop

22 – 25 May 2007

Klaipeda

passenger transport by sea

Passenger Transport by Sea

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

passenger transport on water
Passenger transport on water
  • One of the earliest ways of transport of passengers between origin and destination
  • The vehicle varied from the pre-historical rafts to canoes to boats to large liners and ferries

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

reasons for traveling by sea
Reasons for traveling by sea
  • To travel between origin and destination – boats, barges and ferries.
  • Entertainment - local river or harbour excursions and dinner cruises.
  • Leisure – where the ship is a destination in itself – cruise liners – an exception to the rule of transportation

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda 22-25 May 2007

cruise industry issues and outlook

Cruise Industry Issues and Outlook

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

key players in the cruise lining industry
KEY PLAYERS IN THE CRUISE LINING INDUSTRY

Cruise Liner Operators

  • own & charter vessels

Tour Operators

  • own or charter vessels
  • wholly own or have subsidiary

shareholdings in airlines or hotels in the ‘home ports’

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

main cruise destinations
Main Cruise Destinations
  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean
  • Asia/South Pacific
  • Alaska
  • North/Western Europe

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

the mediterranean s potential
THE MEDITERRANEAN’S POTENTIAL

In recent years the Mediterranean cruise market has seen a rapid expansion of capacity which looks set to continue with the continuous growth of:

  • tour operators such as Airtours, Thomson, and Pullman Tours; and
  • cruise operators as Costa Crociere, MSC Cruises and Aida Cruises

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

itinerary planning
Itinerary Planning
  • A cruise region with marketable ports close to each other
  • Socio-political stability
  • A mix of ports offering a blend of cultural, historical and leisure experience
  • Possibility of time and sea
  • Good climate

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

ship support services
Ship Support Services
  • Decent, clean and safe berthing facilities
  • A wide turning basin
  • Professional Pilotage and towage service
  • Fast Customs and immigration clearance
  • Fuelling and water capacity
  • Repair services
  • Ship chandling
  • Waste handling services
  • Security
  • Low costs

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

passenger handling services
Passenger Handling Services
  • Quick Customs and Immigration clearance
  • Smooth baggage handling
  • Security
  • Berth close to city and attractive environs
  • Tourist appeal destinations
  • Professional guides
  • Local hospitability and facilities – telephones etc.
  • Adequate parking facilities
  • Comfortable local passenger transport
  • High standard hotel industry
  • Good air connections
  • Low costs

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

number of cruise liner calls at malta
NUMBER OF CRUISE LINER CALLS AT MALTA

359

83

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

number of passengers calling at malta
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CALLING AT MALTA

408,264

40,269

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

cruise passengers in malta by nationality 2006
Cruise Passengers in Malta - by Nationality - 2006

Germany

- 18%

USA – 10%

Italy - 23%

Spain - 16%

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

class classification of vessel calling at malta by no of passengers
Class Classification of Vessel Calling at Malta - by no. of passengers

Standard

Delux +

Delux

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

viset plc
VISET plc
  • VISET Consortium was awarded the Valletta waterfront project to develop and operate the cruise terminal.
  • VISET was responsible also for the regeneration of a vast part of the Grand Harbour along the Valletta waterfront.
  • The Lm 14 million Valletta waterfront project aim also to target the home porting business by providing modern facility that would entice more shipping lines to begin and end their cruises at the Grand Harbour.

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

the malta cruise network mcn

The Malta Cruise Network (MCN)

“MCN was set up in late 2004 as an independent body to act as the focal point for local stakeholders and as a coordinating voice in the delivery of a quality product and service to the cruise line sector. Its remit is to define, develop, deliver and promote a sustainable cruise industry for Malta”

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

leading mediterranean ports of call 2005
Leading Mediterranean Ports of Call - 2005

Source: G. P. Wild (International) Limited

the economic impact
The Economic Impact
  • Direct Expenditure
    • Research by the Malta Cruise Network (MCN) and the National Statistics Office shows that cruise passengers spent an average of Lm 12.80 each whilst ashore, excluding the cost of pre-booked excursions.
  • Multiplier Effect
    • If multiplied by the number of passengers ashore during the same period, cruise passengers left an estimated average of Lm290,000 per month in the Maltese economy or Lm3.4 million for the year ending 2006.

Source: Malta Cruise Network Research Study

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

the hub concept
THE ‘HUB’ CONCEPT

Passengers from different localities travel to the ‘home port’/ ‘hub port’ to embark the awaiting cruise liner.

Passengers may chose to spend 1/3 days in the ‘home port’ prior to embarking the vessel.

Passengers usually disembark (after the cruise) in the same ‘home port’.... again with the possibility of spending 1/3 days in the ‘home port’.

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

some key facts to note
SOME KEY FACTS TO NOTE
  • growing passenger markets
  • Few ports in the Mediterranean can handle big passenger ships, because of (i) draught (ii) a large number of passengers
  • larger cruise ships
  • New strategies in the Industry - Joint ventures; alliances; mergers & takeovers .

Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

malta as a hub requirements
MALTA AS A ‘HUB’ - REQUIREMENTS
  • Adequate infrastructure viz:Airport; road networks; transfer to Port (taxi service etc).
  • Air ‘links’ with Airports.
  • An efficient passenger handling system & quick transfer of passengers from Airport to the Port. (check -in facilities at Airport)
  • The provision of the right ‘package’ at the right price, including the above.
  • An association or ‘committee’ which coordinates all the necessary requirements.
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Cruise Passengers in Malta

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Passenger Traffic Trends in the EU: Klaipeda, Lithuania 22-25 May 2007

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Barriera Wharf

Design aspects:

  • A solution with 2 separate berths is chosen, taking into consideration safe navigating of vessels as well as limiting wave reflection into the Grand Harbour.
  • One berth for mega-cruise vessels and one other berth for vessels up to 250m. The berths could also be constructed separately.
  • Land space is limited and will mainly need to be created at the quays: 7000m2 at the mega-berth and 2900m2 at the other berth.

The total investment costs are estimated at: 26 million euro. Annual maintenance costs are estimated to be 1.55% for both berths. The construction period is estimated to be 2 years.

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The Islands’ Maritime Heritage

The Maltese islands have first been inhabited prior to

6000 years ago. These settlers must have been travelers originating from North Africa and nearby south Italy.

temple

village

Cart ruts

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The Islands’ Maritime Heritage

The most famous early inhabitants must have been the Temple Builders dating back to around 4000 B.C.They have left behind the most ancient free-standing buildings on Earth. These are today World heritage sites.

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Malta’s strategic location

  • For centuries Malta’s ports were sought after by any military empire
  • the natural sheltered ports provided clear advantages to our colonisers
  • such empires were not only military but also traders and used Maltaas their logistics centre.
  • Stores built by the Knights of St John to store grains transhipped between the East and the West of the Med., have today become a passenger terminal and a leisure centre.