In 2000, the largest solar catamaran of its time, the “Alstersonne”, was brought into service. With its distinctive design, the craft stands proudly out , not least because it uses electricity only for all loads.
In 2002, ATG Alster-Tourism celebrated its 25th anniversary with a major exhibition of the history of shipping on the Alster, a huge firework display on the Binnenalster and the publication of the book “The History of Shipping on the Alster”.
The “Fleetenkieker” [fleet peeper] followed in 2003 - another new build with a new flat design.
The 20th anniversary of Volksfürsorge’s support for Alster Tourism in 2004 began with the departure of a spectacular flotilla, and it was during the anniversary celebrations that Volksfürsorge insurance group confirmed that their commitment would be extended up until and including 2007. The restoration of the listed vessel “Aue” was completed in the summer of 2004 and the ship was brought back into service.
With the support of Volksfürsorge, ALSTER TOURISM has secured this icon of Hamburg as a firm feature of the city.
Since 2005, the "Osterbek" Alster steamer has served as ambassador for Hamburg, plying the Mittellandkanal to the VW factory city of Wolfsburg. This service is provided by ATG, as owners of the vessel.
The redevelopment of the Jungfernstieg pier which began in Autumn 2005 was almost complete by the start of 2006. In the meantime, ATG itself has now moved into its new “Bastion” operations centre. Information posts have been installed and the pontoons which were hired as temporary moorings during the construction phase have now been removed. There has been a huge festival for the inauguration of the new Jungfernstieg in May 2006.
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