Europe’s third largest port has already designated three sites for yachts of up to 90m

The Port of Hamburg is Europe's third largest port

The Port of Hamburg is Europe’s third largest port

Hamburg has joined a Dutch superyacht sector drive to craft a northern European superyacht route as an alternative to the well-worn Mediterranean and Caribbean sailing areas. Other northern ports are expected to follow suit.

Sacha Rougier, managing director of Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH, a unit of the Hamburg Port Authority, says Europe’s third largest port has already designated three sites for yachts of up to 90m long and a luxury terminal.

“We are very happy to be part of the northern European route,” she told international yachting media journalists in Amsterdam.

Last year, HISWA Holland Yachting Group, the trade lobby of Dutch superyacht builders, enrolled the Port of Amsterdam in an ambitious bid to lure more superyachts north, away from the crowded Med and Caribbean.

Amsterdam designated six sites for very large yachts, welcomed 15 superyachts in 2018 and is pushing Dutch yards to open facilities in the Dutch capital.

Feadship opens a new yard there this week and others are lining up.

“Amsterdam is already perfectly placed in terms of geography and as has the refit facilities to benefit from this sea change in attitudes,” says HHYG export director Jeroen Sirag.

The Dutch sector is keen convince superyacht owners and managers to consider Amsterdam for refits and maintenance.

Alma Prins, Port of Amsterdam’s commercial manager for superyachts, adds: “To meet their needs, the port has opened up various dedicated sites for superyachts to berth in the heart of the city.”

Sirag is talking with authorities in Norway to join the “Northern European Route”. It also wants London, Copenhagen and Stockholm to join.