Manuela Schwesig, Minister-President
of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania visited AIDA Cruises employees in
Rostock on Monday, July 29, 2019.
As part of her summer tour
this year, she met with AIDA President Felix Eichhorn and other executives to
discuss the economic importance of AIDA Cruises for Rostock and
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and how the cruise line is responding to current
and future societal challenges.
AIDA President Felix
Eichhorn said, "For over 20 years, AIDA has been a driving force, not only for
shipbuilding in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania but also for tourism and the
maritime economy. Each passenger changeover of an AIDA ship in
Rostock-Warnemünde brings the region's economy around one million euros. We
work with hundreds of SMEs in the state and provide secure jobs. The engine
room unit for AIDAnova, the first cruise ship that can be fully powered with
low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG), was built at the Neptun Werft
shipyard; the engines were built at Caterpillar. By 2023, two more of these
innovative ships will follow for AIDA alone."
Schwesig spoke before around 250 AIDA Cruises employees: "AIDA is not only the
largest private employer in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The cruise line also
relies on technology and know-how from our state. I'm pleased that AIDA is an
example for uniting economic success and sustainability."
This was her second visit
at AIDA Cruises in Rostock. In September 2018, around 280 managers welcomed the
Minister-President for the AIDA Management Days. The occasion was the signing
of a declaration of intent between the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the
Hanseatic and University City of Rostock, and ROSTOCK PORT to jointly promote
environmentally friendly and sustainable cruises. The agreement aims at building
a shoreside power supply system for cruise ships at Rostock Port, as in Hamburg
and Kiel, by 2020. AIDA Cruises is ready to start test operations with its
ships next year.
By the end of 2020, all
AIDA ships built starting in 2000 (twelve ships) will be equipped for shoreside
power. Already in 2023, ninety-four percent of all AIDA guests will sail on ships
that can be fully powered with low-emission liquefied natural gas or green