The Port of Kiel in Germany has commenced construction on its second terminal building at the northern side of the existing building for cruise passengers at Ostseekai.

The terminal will be built at the northern side of the existing building and its functional features are adapted from the existing one.

Luggage handling can be found on the ground floor, while the top floor can be used for passengers and the check-in processes.

Two cruise ships were handled at one Ostseekai terminal until now, however, there will be a dedicated terminal building for each ship going forward.

Kiel Lord Mayor Dr Ulf Kämpfer said: “May the new terminal be a place of anticipation of the cruise to be started for any passenger. It will provide first-class handling quality and strengthen Kiel’s position in this contested market at the same time.”

Port of Kiel managing director Dr Dirk Claus said: “One terminal for each berth means optimum service for shipping companies and passengers alike. We adapt our capacities to the increasing number of passengers and the ever-growing size of the ships.”

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“It will provide first-class handling quality and strengthen Kiel’s position in this contested market at the same time.”

Set to involve an investment of €9m for the Port of Kiel, the new facility will become operational in the coming season.

The consortium Terminalgebäude Liegeplatz 28 GbR, which comprises eins:eins Architekten Hillenkamp and Roselius and the Architect’s Office Ladwig, designed the 3,700m² two-storey building.

The façade of the new building carries existing features and looks transparent due to its large glass surface.

For guests who arrive, the two terminals form a V-shaped place of reception.

The Port of Kiel has passenger terminals Ostseekai, Norwegenkai, and Schwedenkai, for ferries and cruise ships located directly in the city centre.