NorthCape Turnaroundport AS has ordered a Seawalk XT scheduled for delivery in May 2015. Four weeks later MS Empress will sail into the Porsangerfjord and become the first cruise ship to call at the North Cape Turnaround Port. This will also be the largest turnaround operation ever performed so far north.
Northcape Turnaroundport: Fred Persen
“This is an innovation for tourism development in Northern Norway. Not only will this logistics solution help to prevent stagnation of cruise traffic in the Arctic in light of the strict new environmental demands that have been signalled, it will also contribute to new growth,” says the Harbourmaster of the North Cape Regional Port, Leif Gustav Prytz Olsen.
This will be the first Seawalk XT supplied by Cruise Venture AS. As well as providing seamless connection between the shore and cruise ship by transferring the passengers between the cruise ship and terminal, this infrastructure will also handle luggage. “Around 5000 suitcases need to be moved between MS Empress and the jumbo jets at the airport. We will use ATV (quad bikes) and have ordered 40 trolleys to ensure that the transfer of luggage occurs quickly and efficiently,” says Fred Persen, who is responsible for International Relations at NorthCape Turnaroundport AS.
A 10,000 m² car park has now been constructed at the port to provide adequate space for the semi-trailers and 25 double-decker buses that will provide shuttle transport between the airport and port.
An old harbour warehouse is about to be transformed into a unique terminal to showcase North Norwegian coastal heritage. The old rope, nets and fishing gear will give the tourists an impression of the coastal environment. Several companies in Porsanger and Karasjok have already started the processes of quality assuring their products ahead of the planned tourism growth.
“We will set up big lavvus (Sami herdsmen’s tents) at the port. As well as reinforcing our reputation as the ‘gateway to Sapmi’, they will house a tourist information office and space for souvenir sales,” says Persen.