Arnulf Hader
Arnulf Hader

Dear reader,

Once again we can present a thoroughly updated edition of our handbook. The structure of the book is nearly the same as before, the fleet lists, statistics and ancillary texts have grown again. New details are included and a lot of photos were exchanged. As usual the tables show the fleets of the owners/operators as up to date as possible and the statistics provide the figures up to 2021. Ships on order for delivery 2021/22 are included in the relevant parts of the book. Only the chapter AF is postponed.

The number of new ships in Europe was 19 in 2019 and the same figure entered service in 2020. 2021 this figure will go down to 11 and 2022 hardly any new ships are expected. Contrary to most seagoing ships many river ships were able to work a few months in 2020. Demand remains high but currently we have to wait for the start into the season because of Covid-19 restrictions.

In other regions we are watching different development trends. In the Russian fleet the downward trend is not yet stopped. Some old ships were retired and some newbuilding contracts with Russian shipyards are confirmed and in the 2020 season the first newly build Russian ship is in service. More visitors came back to Egypt after the revolution in 2019, but most of them for beach holidays. 2019 more Nile ships were active again. Now Cocid-19 is hitting Nile cruises too. While a lot of ships will leave the market, a few new ships are expected now and others will be modernized. In North America one operator is building up his fleet. Now not the typical “Mississippi Steamers” are added but European style river vessels. More new ships start operation on the Yangtze River, once more the biggest river cruisers of the world. In Southeast Asia the number of luxury vessels on Mekong, Irrawaddy and Ganges is slowly increasing. A closer look into this area shows that there are many small cabin ships besides those of 40 beds and more.

Also in the 14th edition some parts of the book are routine work now but Covid-19 made the work more difficult. Generally, it remains very time consuming to collect the information from every available, more or less reliable, source of information. We took every care in updating the contents but improvements are always possible. As usual we ask for relevant proposals and news about ships and projects are always welcome.

March 2021

The 14th edition 2021 is available now

The price is € 160.00 for the first and € 80.00 for the second and further copies plus postage & packing. The book is also available per WeTransfer in form of PDFs for EUR 320.


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