New Cruise ship terminal in Nordhavn


Copenhagen will soon have a new cruise ship terminal in Nordhavn. From early summer 2014, the terminal will be ready to accommodate three large cruise ships at a time.

Nordhavn will undergo major changes in the coming years. Furthest south, the new Århusgade quarter will soon be developed, while hundreds of thousands of cruise ship tourists who visit Copenhagen each year will have new and improved conditions in a brand new cruise ship terminal that is being established along the east side of Nordhavn. 

The cruise ship terminal is the part of the 100-hectare expansion of the port area which, among other things, will provides space for Copenhagen's commercial port to move further north. 

The new cruise ship quay in Nordhavn is scheduled to be completed by autumn 2013. From May 2014, the first guests will be welcomed to the three new permanent terminal buildings that are being established on the quay.

Simultaneously with the construction of the cruise ship terminal, CPH City & Port Development is also expanding Nordhavn by an additional 100 hectares. The expansion of Nordhavn will facilitate a modern urban development in the inner part of Nordhavn. A total of 18,000,000 tonnes, or just over 10 million m3 of soil will be used for landfill.  It is the single largest landfill project in the history of Copenhagen.

The landfill project is being performed by contractors enclosing the area with​sheet piling and a stone framework to the north-west. The outline has been constructed, and the filling is currently in progress with e.g. surplus earth from some of Copenhagen's other major construction projects, including from the construction of Cityringen and Nordhavnsvejen.

There will continue to be cruise ships docked at Langelinie as we know it today. But the ships that have to change crew and passengers (the so-called turn-around-ships) will in future be docked at the new cruise ship terminal at Kronløbsgraven.
Copenhagen is the most visited cruise ship port in the Baltic region. The most popular cruise ship destination in the world is the Caribbean, closely followed by the Mediterranean. However, the Baltic region has now overtaken Alaska and is now the 3rd largest cruise ship destination in the world. Copenhagen is also the port in the Baltic region where the majority of passengers begin and end their journey.

Facts about the new terminal

  • The new cruise ship quay is 1,100 m long and 70 m wide. For comparison, Langelinie is 1,000 metres long.

  • The cruise ship quay itself was constructed as two conventional sheet pile walls 70 m apart. A total of about 10,200 tonnes of steel were used to achieve the total steel construction. The area between the two parallel retaining walls was filled with a total of 700,000 m3 of sand, which was mainly acquired in Køge Bay.

  • Each of the three permanent terminal buildings can accommodate up to 28 tour buses and 50 taxis. Each terminal building is 3,300 m2 and features 1,500 m2 of passenger facilities anda baggage handling section of 1,500 m2. There is also a building core of 300 m2 with technical control rooms and shared facilities such as toilets etc. 

  • The cruise ship quay was completed in 2013 and the terminal buildings are expected to be ready to accept the first cruise ships in May 2014.

  • The cruise ship quay has been equipped with 76 mooring bollards that can hold 125 tonnes and fenders, rescue ladders and lines. Behind the quay, 14 x 5 m high concrete/steel structures have been erected, which are fitted with 200 tonne storm bollards

  • In order to service 3 large cruise ships simultaneously, the cruise ship terminal has a water supply of 100 I/s and a sewage system that can receive 250 I/s. The wastewater from the cruise ships is lead directly to the wastewater treatment plant at Lynetten.