Cuxhaven Port Association

  • Elbe Fairway Deepening: Two new underwater storage areas successfully completed at ”Medemrinne“ and ”Neufelder Sand“

    HWG member Machulez KG coordinated the large scale logistics project at the port of Cuxhaven

    Hansakai für UWA Medemrinne; Bildquelle: Machulez KGCuxhaven, 20 October 2019 – In the course of the deepening of the Elbe fairway to improve navigability for ever growing ship sizes, a total of around 1,200,000 tons of underwater construction stones were built into the “Medemrinne” and “Neufelder Sand” underwater deposit areas (UDAs) between March and October. Machulez KG, a member of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG), coordinated the logistics requirements between the underwater construction companies, the quarry and the locally responsible institutions. Machulez provided its logistics network and portside infrastructure and acted as a base port within the the first construction phase of the Elbe deepening project.

    The stone mixture was required for the completion of respective central underwater dams within the UDAs in the Elbe estuary, so that the river sediment quantities excavated in a later phase could be stored there and not washed back into the Elbe or the North Sea.
    “The biggest challenge of the project was to coordinate the multiple parallel handling of all ships involved in the project as well as the related pre-carriages and on-carriages. We were able to do this without any waiting times," explained the Machulez project team.

    Already through a foresighted planning phase and synchronized interfaces for all parties involved in the supply chain, the complex logistics project at the port of Cuxhaven could be successfully implemented.

    The supplier consortium consisted of a Norwegian quarry, underwater construction specialists and various locally responsible institutions. In particular the knowledge of the extensive specificationsand quality requirements of the rock as well as the nautical-technical experience were of major importance for the assessment of the realization.

    The Hansakai site in Cuxhaven, which has proven its worth for more than 70 years, was used as the construction site base port. With the new 50 metre wide RoRo heavy-duty ramp and the established and versatile port handling equipment it is very well suited for the mobilization and demob of waterway construction vessels. In addition, the port facility at Steubenhöft was used as a transshipment terminal.

    From March to September 2019, the more than 1 million tons of underwater construction stones arrived in Cuxhaven in more than 40 ship arrivals from Norway and were delivered to the two underwater construction sites in two independent logistics cycles, each with three construction site ships.

    Thanks to the gantry cranes on board the delivering vessels, board-to-board transshipment was possible. The logistics chain was ensured by installation barges, folding barges, pontoons and tugs, the water construction companies van den Herik and Jan de Nul.

    This project phase of the Elbe dredging was successfully completed at the end of September.. According to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the deepening of the Elbe fairway should be completed by mid-2021.




    Über die HWG
    Die Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V. ist ein Zusammenschluss Cuxhavener Unternehmen, Institutionen und Privatpersonen mit dem Ziel, den Hafenstandort an der Mündung der Elbe zu vermarkten und weiterentwickeln. Zudem setzt sich die HWG für die Positionierung Cuxhavens als bedeutenden Hafenstandort für die Offshore-Windenergie in Deutschland ein. Aktuelle Neuigkeiten der HWG gibt es auf der Homepage, bei LinkedIn und Twitter.


    Pressekontakt Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Birgitt Smelty
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Tel. +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
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  • Helgoland Delegation Visits Cuxhaven

    HWG Members Cuxport and DFDS Present Cuxhaven as a RoRo Port

    Helgoland Delegation_Copyright: Oliver Fuhljahn

    At the beginning of the New Year, a delegation from Helgoland, led by Mayor Jörg Singer, visited the port of Cuxhaven in an effort to gain an understanding of one of the most important Roll On/Roll Off (RoRo) cargo handling ports. Whether it is multi-ton heavy onshore or offshore wind farm sections, new vehicles or trailers holding varying goods – a diversity of cargoes are handled by Cuxhaven’s berths via rolling processes.

    Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) and managing director of HWG member Cuxport, along with Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics at Cuxport, demonstrated to the guests the highly specialized RoRo installations at Europakai. The Cuxport terminal has three berths with up to 15,8 meters water depth where rolling cargo and pieces of up to 350 tons can be transshipped to vessels equipped either with stern- or quarter RoRo ramps. All berths are accessible straight from the Elbe river navigation fairway without the need to pass any locks.

    Further, there was an opportunity to view the RoRo vessel PETUNA SEAWAYS, belonging to the short sea liner company DFDS Seaways, which was in the process of being loaded. The vessel’s captain readily answered the guests‘ questions and discussed the particulars of this specialized process.

    “Cuxhaven has oriented itself toward rolling goods, high and heavy cargoes and project cargo by making corresponding infrastructure and equipment investments. The heavy-lift capable berths and platforms and the connecting heavy load-capable road mean that the entire port is suited to the warehousing and transshipment of project cargoes. We are happy to communicate this expertise and present Cuxhaven as a capable and successful port,” said Hans-Peter Zint, chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Business Association, summarizing the conclusions of the visit.

    In addition to increasing RoRo traffic, Cuxhaven also has a long tradition as a fishing and supply port for the island of Helgoland.



  • Royal Greenland to open another fish processing facility in Cuxhaven

    HWG member companies present themselves at the "fish international 2020" in Bremen

    Fish International_Copyright Thomas SassenCuxhaven, 11 February 2020 - The independent company Royal Greenland is about to open another fish processing facility in Cuxhaven. It is owned by the autonomous Government of Greenland and also the newest member of Cuxhaven Port Authority (HWG). At this year's "fish international 2020", the seafood company will appear jointly with the HWG, about 15 other fishing companies and institutions and the sponsor Seaports of Lower Saxony at the joint stand 5E39 in Hall 5.

    With three processing plants, Royal Greenland is one of the larger fishing companies in Cuxhaven. In its facilities, lumpfish roe and fish are packed in jars. Recently, the company also started processing prawns while in deep-freeze and packing prawns in brine or dressing. "This provides the framework for a strengthened strategy to provide the best possible service in the local European markets," says René Stahlhofen, Managing Director of Royal Greenland Vertriebs GmbH.

    Jens Lühmann, organiser of the Cuxhaven’s exhibition stand and Managing Director of Spedition Lühmann, adds: "Right now, 1,400 employees in 40 companies ensure that the high quality standard for high-value fish products are guaranteed around the clock, from catching to processing.

    Cuxhaven plays a major role in Germany in the extraction, processing, handling and transport of fresh and frozen fish from all over the world. Shipments arrive continuously at the North Sea port by ship or truck. Thus, Cuxhaven offers ultra-modern deep-freeze facilities with a storage capacity of 150,000 cubic metres and port facilities that meet all requirements.

    Since 2012, the seaside town has been the headquarters of the German Association of prawn fishermen, Deutsche Krabbenfischer GmbH. The cooperative entity is a common interest association of 120 prawn fishermen; it jointly markets catches in order to achieve better producer prices and prevents undersized prawns from coming to market via ist new sieving station.

    The large fishing companies are also innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable. In order to preserve the fast resources of the seas for future generations, it is essential to treat fish as a good in a responsible manner. Companies such as the Kutterfisch-Zentrale (Cutterfish Central), Royal Greenland, but also the Osterloh Laboratory in Cuxhaven fully adhere to this responsibility.

    A joint exhibition stand allows visitors to efficiently meet many different contact persons in a single location. The fishery port of Cuxhaven provides customers with an opportunity for face to face discussions.



    About HWG
    The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) represents the interests of Cuxhaven’s maritime companies, institutions and private individuals united by the common goal of marketing and further developing the port at the mouth of the river Elbe. The HWG also promotes Cuxhaven’s standing as the most important port location for the fish industry and offshore wind energy in Germany. Current news about the HWG can be found on its Homepage, on LinkedIn and Twitter.


    About fish international
    Founded in 1988, fish international is the only German trade fair for fish and seafood. Every two years, a good 12,000 visitors from the fish industry, fish wholesalers, food retailers and the catering trade come together to find suppliers, obtain information and exchange ideas among the 300 suppliers from all over the world. The 17th fish international takes place from Sunday to Tuesday, 9 to 11 February 2020.


    Pressekontakt Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Birgitt Smelty
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Tel. +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
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  • A good investment of public funds

    The Cuxhaven Port Association presents the local economy at the Seamen’s Mission

    Copyright: Oliver Fuhljahn

    In the course of the general member meeting of the German Seamen’s Mission Hannover on 14 May 2019, the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) was invited to present the port of Cuxhaven. Oliver Fuhljahn, the chairman of the Promotional Association of the Seamen’s Mission and Head of Automobile Logistics at HWG member Cuxport, gave an overview of the port’s infrastructure and its transport connections as well as the activities, possibilities and challenges of the companies situated there.

    During his presentation, Oliver Fuhljahn indicated that the continued investments and expansion projects in Cuxhaven have made it one of the most important offshore ports in Germany and Europe. Renowned production sites for components of offshore wind park installations have been situated in Cuxhaven such that the port is now established as the ‘German Offshore Industry Centre’.

    Further to this, in the traditional port industry sector, roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) traffic and automobile cargoes are the most important. Alongside the heavylift capacities, these specialisations were further strengthened with the opening of berth no. 4 at the Cuxport terminal. Together with a multitude of actors from maritime government offices, shipowners and port service providers, Cuxhaven is a center of maritime competencies on the mouth of the Elbe river.

    In spite of the good connections, the port of Cuxhaven faces some challenges, Oliver Fuhljahn emphasized. During his lecture, he said: “As a port on the mouth of the Elbe river, Cuxhaven offers a variety of international connections, for example to Britain and Scandinavia. But on account of the specialisation on UK traffic, the port and all involved actors must intensively deal with topic of Brexit. In spite of many uncertainties, Cuxhaven’s companies have made all necessary preparations and have adjusted their IT systems as well as trained employees.”

    In conclusion, Oliver Fuhljahn once again emphasized the importance of the Seamen’s Mission and expressed his thanks for its engagement. In Cuxhaven, the Seamen’s Mission is today also supporting the Promotional Association of the Seamen’s Mission. The association was established in 2016 with 30 members. It works together with the Seamen’s Mission and pursues the goal of supporting its projects and enhancing its public perception. Thus, last year, for the first time, the Promotional Association of the Seamen’s Mission, with the support of the HWG, organised a Christmas truck complete with Christmas trees, which visited the ships harboured in Cuxhaven on Christmas Eve and distributed gifts to crews.