Bremerhaven was founded as Bremens port in 1827. More than 7 million people emigrated to North America via Bremerhaven in the 19th century. Germanys first cruise ship departed from Bremerhaven in 1890. The first passenger ship to dock at the newly constructed Columbus wharf was the steamship "Columbus" of Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1926.
Following the Second World War, Bremerhaven was the most important supply port for the American armed forces in Europe [one famous passenger was Elvis Presley, who came to Germany as a soldier via Columbus Station] and was the destination for the "United States", the "America", and the ships of Norddeutscher Lloyd on the transatlantic route. Since the scheduled transatlantic crossings ended during the early 1960s as a result of the increase in air traffic, the facility in Bremen has been used for cruise shipping and has developed into a significant location for the industry.
In order to maintain and build on this position, work began in 2000 on a comprehensive modernisation of Columbus Station into one of Europes most modern cruise ship terminals, this being a major project of the 2000-2006 Objective 2 programme to promote tourism in the state of Bremen. The modernisation of Columbus wharf chiefly entails short, comfortable, safe distances for the passengers, airport-style check-in, security and customs controls, and pleasant waiting areas with information and catering. A new covered bus station and three new glass-covered passenger bridges are to make passenger access to the ships easier, more attractive and, above all, safer. The measures required under the ISPS Code and compulsory from 1 June 2004, such as a 100 % baggage check and passenger and hand-luggage checks, will be implemented in time. The rebuilding work has already provided the structural prerequisites for this in the Columbus Cruise Centre.
Also, a Maritime Cruise, Ferry and Events Centre with a hotel is planned. However, this centre is not to be financed under Objective 2.
The opening ceremony for the new Columbus Station took place on 2 May 2003. 64 arrivals and departures are scheduled for 2003. Roughly 65,000 passengers are expected, making Bremerhaven a major player in the German cruise business behind Rostock-Warnemünde and alongside Kiel.
|Objective 2, Strengthening of the services sector, promotion of tourism||2000-2006||Total support: 21,319,106
of which ERDF: 10,659,553
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