Between 13-16 March, representatives of the PGA S.A. participated in the 33rd edition of Seatrade Cruise Global fair held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. More than 700 exhibitors from 93 countries participated in the event and the number of registered visitors exceeded 10,000 people.
The event was accompanied by an extensive conference program with more than 20 thematic sessions devoted to the current trends in the cruise industry, commonly referred to as cruising. The sessions included issues such as: the safety of ships and passengers in ports, the requirements for port technical installations necessary for the reception of modern cruise ships and the development of port infrastructure in view of the dynamic growth of the cruise fleet in the world. A significant part of the conference was devoted to ensuring efficient handling of tourists' traffic at the seaports taking on cruise ships.
The construction of over 70 units for $ 54 billion has been scheduled for the next 10 years. The largest cruise ships will take over 6,500 passengers and 2 thousand crew members on board. These floating cities are not only a tourist attraction in seaports, they are also an important source of revenue for the ports and the entire tourist industry in the region. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) estimates that in 2017 more than 25 million passengers will step on board of the vessels belonging to the ship-owners who are members of this association. The Port of Gdynia is one of the favourite destinations of cruisers sailing into the Baltic Sea. During the fair, we talked about the possibilities of new vessels calling in Gdynia, as well as the conditions we have to meet in order to meet the expectations of the ship-owners who have chosen our port for years.