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Oslo expects big cruise rise in 2019

A big increase in cruise passengers is anticipated next year, but this could impact Oslo’s green credentials.

The Port of Oslo is anticipating a 20% increase in cruise tourists next year – the same year the city becomes the European Green Capital.

“Oslo will again be in the ‘elite division’ of Norway’s cruise destinations, which we will achieve through a long-term and targeted cooperation, among other things, with Visit Oslo,” Oslo’s Harbour Director Ingvar M Mathisen tells the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

The city has received bookings for cruise ships with a total of 240,000 passengers for 2019, 20% up on this year.

“The following year we have already received bookings of 200,000 passengers, and based on previous years we can expect further bookings. A conservative estimate for 2020 is therefore 275,000 passengers,” Mathisen says.

The increase in the number of cruise arrivals comes after several years of decline in the Norwegian capital.

Cruise ban?
But this could clash with Oslo being awarded the status of European Green Capital on the basis of, for example, its climate policy, air quality and green innovation initiatives, Norway Today reports.

Yet the city council rejects any ban on polluting cruise ships. CO2 emissions from the cruise industry account for around 3% of Norway’s total annual emissions from domestic transport.

“Prohibition is not an issue now,” Pål Thygesen, deputy chairman of the MDG green party in Oslo tells Aftenposten.

“We will put in place better land flow, which will reduce emissions drastically and reduce the environmental impact. If time indicates that this is not enough to meet the climate policy we are committed to, we must of course look at new measures.”

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