After highly successful missions in 2014 and 2015 the Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) in collaboration with the Dutch Consulate-General in Miami organizes a trade mission from 9 to 16 March to Miami focused on the cruise lines based in that region.
Over the past two years, the market for the construction of new cruise ships has shown an increase. Shipping companies have to gradually replaced their existing ships dating from the 90s, the lucrative Chinese market with its demanding customers is on the rise and the euro is low. Reasons enough for shipping companies to now take their chances in terms of acquiring new ships.
Making the cruise segment more green
As in other segments, becoming more ‘green’ also plays a big role in the cruise segment. Perhaps interest for this topic is even bigger for the shipping companies, because they simply are more visible to the general public. Shipping companies are nowadays widely modernizing cruise ships with scrubbers to desulfurize exhaust. In addition, companies are building in equipment in order to clean ballast water. Carnival Corporation recently ordered four ships at Meyer Werft. These ships will run on LNG, liquefied natural gas, leading to a greatly reduced CO2 emissions.
Therefor the cruise market offers enormous potential for entrepreneurs who can contribute to a reduced environmental impact of cruise-tourism or that can help shipping companies making their offer to customers unique and reduce their operational costs.
More information about the mission – and the possibility to register for this trade mission – can be found on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency: http://www.rvo.nl/actueel/evenementen/handelsmissie-cruisemarkt-miami-2016