Haugesund Harbour Park and cruise harbour

Leiv Sverre Leknes - Karmsund Havn

Leiv Sverre Leknes

Assisterende Havnedirektør/ Maritim Sjef / Harbour Master

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"Eurodam" from Holland American Line berthed at Garpeskjær West quay. Photo: Tor Inge Vormedal

In 2011 Karmsund Port Authority allied itself with the local tourist organisation, Destination Haugesund & Haugalandet, and made a strategic decision to embark upon a long-term investment in cruise tourism. Several influential people within the region joined forces and in May 2013 Haugesund was able to welcome its first cruise ship.

Garpeskjærkaien East Quay and West Quay comply with all regulations pertaining to port and port terminals security, in compliance with terrorist contingency plans etc. The base is approved by the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

A tremendous amount of energy and resources have been invested in this project, Karmsund Port Authority has invested around NOK 13 million as an initial measure in order to provide the best facilities for vessels, crews, and passengers. The quay and berthing arrangements have been significantly improved and four of the bollards can today hold 150 tons. Garpeskjær West Quay is 420 metres long and has a depth of 9.5 metres on the sea chart, which means that it can accommodate all types of vessel classifications. Garpeskjær East Quay is 260 metres long and can accommodate vessels up to 220 metres in length, with a sea chart depth of 7.1 metres. A public amenity known as The Harbour Park has also been established at Garpeskjær, offering a memorable experience for cruise tourists and the region’s own inhabitants upon visiting the quay area.

Click on the link below to download the harbour chart that includes quay depths, lengths, bollards, and other useful information.

Garpaskjærskaien Quay – Chart details – 1-1500, v4, rev 24-06-2015

Last updated: 7.01.2016