Kiel sets new terminal launch for October
Port of Kiel is on course to open its new ?30m ($40m) Schwedenkai Terminal for ferry services by October this year.
The 13-storey building, comprising a passenger terminal, administrative offices and conference centre, will replace the existing Schwedenkai Terminal which is set to be demolished when its replacement accepts the first ferry services in September, with an official opening one month later.
At a topping-out ceremony, Dirk Claus, managing director of the German Baltic Sea port said: ?The building combines port activities on the lower levels with first-class offices on the upper floors. This forward-looking and, for Kiel, unique utilisation combination is constantly taking on greater shape.?
The new Schwedenkai Terminal, which cost ?18m to build, is 46 m high and covers 12,000 cu m. The additional ?12m has been spent on a new ro-ro ramp, passenger walkways and other external facilities. Initial plans to upgrade the existing passenger building were abandoned in favour of a new, multipurpose terminal.
One technical innovation in the building is concrete core activation, which reduces energy consumption.