Lower Saxony

  • 28th Lower Saxony Port Festival

    Ports in Lower Saxony are developing strongly

    28. Niedersächsischer Hafentag klein

    For the 28th time, 300 guests involved in business, politics and government came together on the 31st of August at the Lower Saxony Port Festival to discuss current developments relating to Lower Saxony’s seaports. This year, the event took place at the Port of Leer.

    In his speech at the Lower Saxony Port Festival, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann emphasized the importance of Lower Saxony’s seaports for business. The port industry is a key sector and one of the areas of focus for the state government. The minister illustrated the challenges for economic and labor policy, such as getting rid of bureaucratic barriers, promoting digitalization, rebuilding and expanding traffic infrastructure and securing well trained workers both now and in the future.

    The central issue dealt with during the Port Festival was Brexit and ist consequences for the state’s seaports. Bernd Althusmann and Timo Schön, managing director of the port marketing association Seaports of Lower Saxony, warned that a hard Brexit would have a potential serious impact. There was a risk of endangering Lower Saxony’s ports, which are very present in UK-bound traffic.

    Traditionally, for the Port Festival, current events affecting Lower Saxony’s seaports are on the agenda. Among other topics, as it relates to sustainability, Cuxhaven began operating ist landside power hookup system in July. Furthermore, the completion of berth 4 was talked about and it was affirmed that plenning for berths 5 through 7 in Cuxhaven had begun. The other ports also reported on positive developments: Emden will soon benefit from an intelligent LED lighting system for a rail switchyard in the port and in Brake, a test run is underway for the project “LED and Plasma Lighting in Ports”.

    For the first half of 2018, the seaports of Lower Saxony have made great strides: from January to June, they generated maritime cargo volume of ca. 25.2 million tons. At the container terminal in Wilhelmshaven, there was a 25% jump in container volume over the prior year, up to 291,000 TEU.



  • Board of Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) re-elected

    Head of the Cuxhaven's Economic Development Agency becomes newest member of the HWG board

    HWG Mitgliederversammlung 2020 2Cuxhaven, 5 November 2020 – At the 47th general meeting of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) in the community hall of Cuxhaven, the 15-members board of directors was confirmed in office for the next two years. In addition, Marc Itgen, head of Cuxhaven's Economic Development Agency, reinforces the committee of the maritime industry's lobby with immediate effect.

    Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the Board, thanked the members for their continuing trust and at the same time welcomed the newest board member: "We are very pleased that the traditionally close cooperation between the Port Association and the City of Cuxhaven will continue through the commitment of Marc Itgen. Next year we will further promote the port of Cuxhaven and position it as a good alternative route for transports between Continent and UK in the Brexit scenario". Other priorities include the further development of the German Offshore Industry Centre and the electrification of the railway lines to and from Cuxhaven. “We are confident that together and in cooperation with the city of Cuxhaven, state port operator Niedersachsen Ports, Seaports of Niedersachsen and other relevant authorities and politicians, we can continue to achieve positive results,” adds Zint.

    The Cuxhaven Agency for Economic Development (AfW) is the regional point of contact for businesses and start-ups for all matters concerning funding programs and business and economic development. The main objective is the sustainable strengthening and further development of Cuxhaven as a centre for trade, business and industry. Thus, the AfW has also accompanied the German Offshore Industry Centre Cuxhaven on its way to becoming one of the pioneering locations of its kind in Europe. Since 2019 Marc Itgen has been head of the Cuxhaven Agency for Economic Development. Prior to this, he worked for Vattenfall Europe Windkraft and RWE OLC, among others. Here he was responsible for various offshore projects. He now brings this knowledge to the work of the HWG board, thus making a valuable contribution to the further development of the German Offshore Industry Centre.


    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 site for offshore wind energy in Germany. The latest news from HWG can be found on the Website, on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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  • Environmental Compensatory Zone for Berth No. 4 shows Positive Developments

    Niedersachsen Ports presents an environmental conservation project

    v.l.n.r.: Hans-Gerd Janssen, Niederlassungsleiter Cuxhaven, Alexandra Brandt, NPorts Projektleiterin, Holger Banik, Geschäftsführer NPorts, Knut Kokkelink, NPorts Abteilungsleiter; Copyright: NPortsSince its completion in 2017, the compensatory zone created by Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) for the construction of berth no. 4 in Cuxhaven has developed well. Together with a specialized partner, the HWG member has established an approximately 30 hectare large conservation project near Hemmoor, which is situated roughly 30 kilometers inland from Cuxhaven.

    During the roughly two year project, the intensively used forestry zone, which did not offer much of an ecosystem for flora and fauna, has been converted into an area of marshes and wetlands. For this purpose, e.g., five large shallow water areas were built and so called ditches were installed for drainage. In the coming years, NPorts will continue to support this zone.

    “It is important that we take responsibility for our construction measures and contribute to natural conservation. It is a great success that one year after the end of this project, there has been so much progress,” said Kurt Kokkelink, Technical Department Director at Niedersachsen Ports in Stade and Cuxhaven.

    Meanwhile, according to the regional infrastructure working group Struktur- und Umweltforschung GmbH (ARSU), 50 different bird species have settled in the zone. To this end, 32 bird breeds were verified by way of a breed certification or, as it may be, a breed assessment. This includes some endangered species. Other species, like amphibians or insects, have also settled in the zone.

    "In total, NPorts owns 3,528 hectares of land. Of this, 875 hectares are dedicated to conservation. This is how we can create and ensure a sustainable future for our ports,” said Holger Banik, General Manager of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and of JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG.