berth no 9.1

  • Blue Water BREB signs long-term lease for space at berth no. 9.1

    Transport and storage of offshore and onshore components are the core business

    Photo: from the left Arne Ehlers, Managing Director of Blue Water BREB GmbH; Knut Kokkelink; site manager for Cuxhaven of Niedersachsen Ports; Brian Sørensen; Head of Business Development; Blue Water Shipping A/S; Holger Banik; Managing Director of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG

    The leased port space in the middle of the German Offshore Industry Centre in Cuxhaven measures roughly 35,000 square meters. It lies directly adjacent to berth no. 9.1 with its 142 meter long heavylift-capable quay wall and its waterside depth of 7.4 meters. This is where Blue Water BREB – acting as a terminal operator and port agency – is looking to develop its business activities at its main location. The contract for the lease of the foregoing space was signed by Blue Water BREB and port operator Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) on 23 May 2019 at the Breakbulk industry get-together in Bremen, right at the joint Seaports of Lower Saxony trade-show booth.

    “After its establishment in late 2016, this is the first time that we, as Blue Water BREB, have signed a long-term lease for port space. We made a conscious decision in favour of Cuxhaven. We want to stay and grow here,” said Arne Ehlers, Managing Director of Blue Water BREB.

    The main business activities of Blue Water BREB involve transporting and storing wind energy components. While its focus was initially on offshore wind energy, the importance of onshore transportation has grown in recent years. In total, more than 2,000 large-scale components are transhipped via Cuxhaven, including transition pieces, rotor blades and nacelles.

    “Blue Water BREB is a local, internationally active partner for growing transhipment activities. Together with our high-performing, reliable infrastructure, we’re ensuring that we have a lively port,” said Holger Banik, Managing Director of Niedersachsen Ports.



  • Investment in infrastructure

    Opening of berth no. 9.1 and the ramp at Hansakai

    Berth no. 9.1 in Cuxhaven (background). From left to right: Hans-Gerd Janssen (Branch Manager Cuxhaven of Niedersachsen Port GmbH & Co. KG), Knut Kokkelink (Head of Technical Department Niedersachsen Port GmbH & Co. KG), Thiemo Röhler (Member of the Lower Saxony State Parliament), Dr. Bernd Althusmann (Lower Saxony Minister for Trade, Labour, Transport and Digitalization), Uwe Santjer (Member of the Lower Saxony State Parliament) and Holger Banik (Managing Director of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG). Picture Credit: Andreas Burmann/NPorts

    The port of Cuxhaven, through the continuing expansion of the German Offshore Industry Centre, has become the leading offshore base port for the North Sea. Thanks to growing demand, the port’s capacities at berths no. 8, 9.3 and 9.4 have reached their limit. For this reason, construction work to complete berth no. 9.1 was begun in October 2017. The berth was inaugurated by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxon Minister for Trade, Labour, Transport and Digitalization, and NPorts on 25 May 2018. Apart from NPorts, the Berth no. 9.1 Working Group, which consisted of the businesses F + Z Baugesellschaft and Kurt Friedrich Spezialtiefbau GmbH, were part of the project.

    “Eighty-six metres of berth including the concrete top structure now provide powerful port infrastructure for cargo operations. We are, therefore, able to cover the growing demand both now and in the future. The modernization of our ports is carefully orchestrated with specific goals in mind,” explained Holger Banik, managing director of Niedersachsen Ports. The project’s total cost was 3.5 million euros. The berth is usable for heavy loads; the water is 7.4 metres deep.

    Further investments in infrastructure-projects at the port of Cuxhaven are also being planned and executed. A new RoRo-ramp, which is not tide-dependent, was opened at Hansakai in the Neuer Fischereihafen. The ramp is used for cargo operations that involve bulk cargo and the loading and discharging of large machines onto pontons and vessels.