German Offshore Industry Centre

  • 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.



  • Less noise and air pollution at the port

    Cuxhaven offers new shoreside electrical power supply station for freight-ships

    copyright: Andreas Burmann/NPorts

    It’s a first among the five Lower Saxon seaports of port operator Niedersachsen Ports (Nports): Cuxhaven now offers shoreside electrical power supply station for freight-ships. This will reduce air pollution, noise and carbon dioxide production. The new system was inaugurated by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxon Minister for Trade, Labour, Transport and Digitalization. The facilities include a converter station and an eight metres high access point. It was built these past months in collaboration with EWE Netz and Siemens at the offshore port.

    “The seaports in Lower Saxony, especially Cuxhaven, reaffirm their leading position by inaugurating today’s shoreside electrical power supply system. In addition to innovating in wind turbines, Cuxhaven now also gives transport vessels the opportunity to be supplied with cleaner power,” Althusmann said at the commissioning ceremony.

    “We are aiming to continuously improve Cuxhaven in terms of technology and sustainability. Adding the shoreside electrical power supply station has been an important further step in this direction,” added Hans-Peter Zint, chairman of Cuxhaven Port Association.

    Even if ships, by comparison, are a fairly environmentally friendly transport mode given their large tonnages relative to their energy consumption, they do produce, in absolute terms, significant emissions. During her stay at a port, a ship, in order to function properly, will consume approximately as much energy as hundreds of households. The new shoreside power supply station at the port of Cuxhaven means that ships now do not have to use their onboard power generators, which run on diesel or heavy fuel oil. To this end, the shoreside electrical power supply station will use transformers and a converter to transform public AC-power (400 V/50 Hz) into power usable on the ship (440 V/60 Hz). The power cables, measuring approximately four inches in diameter, are safely connected to the vessel via the eight metres high access towers. The system conforms to international technical standards and works with all common ship systems.

    “Ports must do their part for the sake of environmental and climate protection. They must find the best possible solution so that they can be both as efficient as possible and, at the same time, reduce air and noise pollution to the maximum possible extent,” explained Holger Banik, managing director of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG.


  • Cuxhaven receives new RoRo-connection to France

    Weekly calls from and departures to Saint-Nazaire to start from Cuxport-Terminal

    copyright: Cuxport GmbH

    On its way from the French port Nantes Saint-Nazaire to Hamburg, the vessel “Ville de Bordeaux” of logistics company LD Seaplane will begin calling at the port of Cuxhaven on Thursdays from now on. Going forward, this call will deliver new trucks from France for the German market. The route may be expanded later on and it may, in the future, be used for both import and export, says Oliver Fuhljahn, head of vehicle logistics at Cuxport.

    The integration of the port of call in Cuxhaven in the current schedule is made possible by the quick and flexible service at the Cuxport terminal facility. “Cuxhaven was able to win out due to its efficiency; it once again showed the port’s potential. A prerequisite for the successful addition was and is the good working relationship with shipbroker Herbert C. Meyer in Stade,” noted Oliver Fuhljahn.

    The baseload of the “Ville de Bordeaux” consists of parts for the airplane industry; the transport of rolling heavy lift and project cargo as well as of vehicles is also possible. Julien Brault, Commercial Manager at LD Seaplane, added: “At the same time, the new connection to France is also important to connect the German Offshore Industry Centre in Cuxhaven with the offshore wind industry in France. We see a lot of potential to further increase trading volumes.”



  • Grant awardees visit Cuxhaven

    HWG member Cuxport hosts lecture on offshore energy and environmental protection

    Copyright: Cuxport GmbHEarly August, 35 grant awardees of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung from diverse European universities and institutions of higher learning visited the North Sea coast. In Otterndorf, near Cuxhaven, a block seminar regarding the topic of the Wadden Sea – UNESCO World Heritage Site in the North of Germany illustrated the opportunities and challenges for the Wadden Sea and the region.

    In addition to lectures, discussions and excursions, there were also discussions with high-ranking guests such as the former Minister President of Lower Saxony, current delegate to the European Parliament and former Konrad Adenauer Stiftung grant awardee David McAllister, along with Dr. Ulrich Getsch, Lord Mayor of Cuxhaven. Part of the visit, in addition to a tour of the Wadden Sea with a susbequent microscoping event, included a visit at HWG member Cuxport, who also provided a harbour tour. Cuxport general manager Michael de Reese gave a lecture in which he described the opportunities for offshore wind energy for the northwestern economic region. He also discussed Cuxhavenäs position relative to other global ports. In this context, the importance of Cuxhaven’s role as the German Offshore Industry Center was also emphasized, which has allowed Cuxhaven to gain stature in the industry in recent years.

    “Cuxhaven is not only important for the logistics and wind energy sectors. It also offers benefits and unique selling points and opportunities for the future of the next generation, and it is very important for us to communicate these. We were delighted to provide insights in this manner to the students regarding the port of Cuxhaven,” Michael de Reese subsequently said.

    Theresa Gröninger, a grant awardee and organizer of the seminar, summarized the seminar in Cuxhaven in the following manner: “We want to show the other grant awardees a piece of Northern Germany and the participants were excited to see that, in particular, the region around Cuxhaven is going through a revolutionary period. Mr de Reese is very engaged with Cuxport and is prompting economic change; he is very in tune with the rhythm of the times!“


  • More Innovation for the Wind Energy Sector

    HWG member NPorts discusses the energy revolution and its effect on maritime businesses

    copyright: Mariko GmbHWind energy is one of the most important drivers of the German energy sector. In order to secure this industry both in Germany and, in particular, the “wind-hub Weser-Ems”, as well as to remain competitive in an international market, innovations are indispensable. For this reason, the Maritime Competence Centre (Maritimes Kompetenzzentrum or “Mariko GmbH”), together with the Strategy Council for Maritime Business Weser-Ems, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for East Frisia and Papenburg and the Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences hosted a conference on 5 March regarding the topic “Standstill in the Energy Revolution and its Effect on Maritime Business”. One of the roughly 70 participants was Werner Repenning, the director of the Office of Strategic Business Development at Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts), member of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG).

    NPorts has, for years, been driving innovation in Cuxhaven. As of last year, the port is the first among the five seaports in Lower Saxony to offer shore-side electrical power for freight shipping. This helps to prevent air pollution and noise and reduces the consumption of carbon dioxide. Moreover, in recent years, the port has developed into the German Offshore Industry Centre.

    However, during the podium discussion, Mr Repenning pointed out that even the port of Cuxhaven would suffer if the energy revolution suffered a standstill: “Acting under the assumption of the originally defined goal of 25 gigawatt of offshore wind energy installations by 2030, the state of Lower Saxony via its port operator Niedersachsen Ports has invested a lot of money in the expansion of its offshore base in Cuxhaven. More than 1,000 metres of heavy lift capable piers and warehousing areas were built. By slashing the buildout goal by 40 percent down to 15 gigawatts by 2030, significantly fewer offshore wind power projects will be executed and that will negatively impact the capacity utilization of these port facilities.”

    In addition to this, during the discussion, Mr Repenning advocated not only keeping the supply of power in mind with respect to renewable energies, but rather to think one step further and consider the linkage to industrial sectors. In Northern Germany, wind is available in large quantities as a source of renewable energy. But until now, there have not been any good solutions in terms of storing and transporting it, for example as an alternative energy for use in mobility applications. In connection with this, he reported on the “WASH2Emden” project, which began in December. This venture in the port of Emden is exploring which possibilities exist to use generated hydrogen power and excess wind energy for users in the port. These and other exemplary projects provide not only knowledge gains, but also contribute to increasing the acceptance of wind energy amongst the population, which is essential for the success of the sector.

    Also in Cuxhaven, there is an intensive discussion surrounding the possibilities of sourcing electrical power from hydrogen. On 29 April 2019, the Hamburg Renewable Energies Cluster (EEHH) hosted an event together with the Economic Development Agency of Cuxhaven focused on “Hydrogen”. In addition to zoning in on hydrogen as a fuel of the future, the participating actors had the opportunity to have discussions amongst each other and create networks. Beyond this, for June, a conference regarding the topic “Offshore Wind Energy and Hydrogen” is being organized. Lower Saxon Minister of Environment, Energy, Building, and Climate Protection, Olaf Lies, is set to participate in light of the fact that the state of Lower Saxony will, in order to push forward the energy revolution, rely more heavily on hydrogen as a fuel in the future.

  • 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.

  • New connection strengthens HWG member Cuxport

    Samskip starts second container service in Cuxhaven

    Cuxport Samskip (copyright Cuxport)

    The Samskip shipping company has started its second container service to and from Cuxhaven. This new weekly service providers calls to Hamburg and Cuxhaven, but also ports in Poland, Lithuania and Norway, including Gdansk and Oslo. The new route is serviced by the two sister ships “Samskip Commander” and “Samskip Challenger.”

    Roland Schneider, Business Development Manager at Cuxport, has emphasized the great importance of the new connection for the port. “This way, we can strengthen our position as a short sea hub in the German North Sea. “ For Cuxport and the local offshore wind industry, the new connection provides better and more easily planned connections for overnight container service from Hamburg. There, Asia sourced oversized cargoes on open flatrack containers are discharged from intercontinental container lines and then transhipped to Cuxhaven destined for the wind industry in the German Offshore Industry Centre.

    Michael van Maurik, Liner Manager at Samskip Multimodal, is also happy about the new connection: “In this way, we’ll be connecting quite diverse short sea markets with each other from Scandinavia to Germany and the Baltic States for the first time.”

    On its way back from Norway, the service carries fish to Cuxhaven. In this way, the Samskip container service between Cuxhaven and Iceland and the Faroe Islands, which has existed for many years now, will be supplemented.




  • New optimism for the wind energy industry

    Siemens Gamesa has opened Germany’s largest factory for offshore wind turbines in Cuxhaven

    copyright: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

    The new Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) plant for the production of nacelles for offshore wind turbines was opened in Cuxhaven on 5 June. Stephan Weil (SPD), Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, and Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, were present for the opening celebrations. The construction of the 55,000 square metres production site had begun in June 2016, with the run-up phase for production starting one year later.

    “With our new factory in Cuxhaven, Siemens Gamesa has sent a clear signal concerning the potential of renewable energy. Continuous innovations in the field lead to sea-based wind power being more and more competitive vis-à-vis other forms of power generation,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, on the occasion of the opening, and he expressed gratitude to workers, businesses and supporters for their engagement.

    “Siemens Gamesa has opened a state-of-the-art production plant in Cuxhaven, which is an important milestone for the Cuxhaven-based German Offshore Industry Centre. Supported by the existing port infrastructure and the existing offshore expertise in Cuxhaven, this industrial settlement presents new opportunities for Cuxhaven, also making further investment in this location more attractive,” added Hans-Peter Zint, chairman of the HWG.

    To lower the cost of electrical generation even further, the turbines for the offshore wind parks are efficiently produced with the assistance of digital systems and are transported directly to the installation sites in the North Sea with the aid of specially designed vessels. The production site is the first new plant investment by Siemens in Germany in 25 years. 200 million euros were invested in the project. According to the largest global producer of wind turbines, its order books are already full until 2020.

    The production site in Cuxhaven brings new optimism to the challenging wind energy industry in Germany. According to IG Metall Küste, more than 2,000 jobs have been lost since the beginning of the year. The production site in Cuxhaven will, together with its supplier network, support approximately 1,000 jobs.