Nautical Club Cuxhaven

  • Cuxhaven and Brexit

    Cuxport and DFDS give a presentation at an event hosted by the Nautical Club Cuxhaven

    (v.l.n.r.): Philipp Rademann, Geschäftsführer der Geschäftsstelle Cuxhaven der IHK Stade, Hans-Peter Zint, Vorsitzender der HWG, Brigitte Langenhagen, ehemalige Abgeordnete im EU-Parlament und Vize-Präsidentin des FP-AP Council of Europe, Marcus Braue, Niederlassungsleiter der DFDS in Cuxhaven, Arne Ehlers, Vorstand des Nautischen Vereins. Copyright: Joachim Wöhlkens

    Whether it happens in October or in the next few months, Brexit is coming closer and, despite solid preparations, Cuxhaven’s businesses are anxiously looking toward Great Britain, where Prime Minister May, at least for now, still does not have a parliamentary majority for the exit deal with the EU. Brexit was a topic of the regular monthly evening event of the Cuxhaven Nautical Club (Nautischer Verein Cuxhaven) on 18 March 2019. Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) members Cuxport and DFDS, represented by Hans-Peter Zint and Marcus Braue, respectively, shared their opinions regarding current events as well as regarding the concrete preparations which have been made by the port-based businesses.

    To start with, the Nautical Club board member Arne Ehlers introduced the program and gave the podium over to Brigitte Langenhagen, a former EU Parliament member and now the vice president of FP-AP Council of Europe (European Association of former members of parliament of the member states of the Council of Europe). She summarized the political situation and also advocated for the European Union, in particular, as a project of peace.

    Philipp Rademann, general manager of the Cuxhaven office of the Stade Chamber of Industry (IHK Stade) and Commerce, addressed the importance of Brexit for small and medium-sized companies. “The IHK Stade for the Elbe-Weser Region advises members comprehensively in this difficult situation,” reported Rademann. Frequently, contract terms were a focus of such consultations. There are many aspects which must be taken into account, for example limiting exchange rate risks. Likewise, existing contracts should be examined in order to prevent a scenario in which British customs duties are imposed upon suppliers who are based in the European Union.

    Subsequently, Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the HWG and general manager at Cuxport, and Marcus Braue, branch manager of DFDS in Cuxhaven, emphasized the importance of Brexit for port cargo volumes in Cuxhaven: “The specialization of the port in UK traffic – after all, these connections, including the almost daily DFDS ship connections to Immingham, represent more than 80 percent of the port’s cargo volume – meant for Cuxhaven and the involved actors that there was no alternative to permanently and ever more intensively working on the topic of Brexit since the UK’s decision in favor of leaving,” said Marcus Braue. Indeed, Cuxhaven’s businesses have been preparing via regular discussions with customers, shipowners, partners and customs. The necessary IT systems have been adjusted and employees have been trained. “The core goal is that all stakeholders, whether it be exporters, transport services providers or customs, can work together when it comes to introducing customs formalities. For this, we have established the necessary foundation,” said Zint. “At the same time, Brexit offers Cuxhaven a chance to prove itself thanks to these comprehensive preparations.” In total, all participants in the event were optimistic about Cuxhaven’s Brexit preparations – whether in the context of a treaty or a No-Deal Brexit.

  • Strengthening the Bond Between Schools and Business

    Cuxport and BREB present vocational options and the MAC Training Initiative

    Gruppenfoto auf der Terrasse Fa. Cuxport (Copyright: Cuxport)During mid-May, the School/Business Working Group of the Cuxhaven Business Association (UVC) visited Cuxport, a member of the UVC and of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG). While on site, the UVC delegation gathered information regarding the possibilities of intensifying the cooperation between schools and business. In addition to this, the participants were given insights into the structures of Cuxhaven‘s portside business as well as information regarding vocational jobs in the port of Cuxhaven. To this end, Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics, and Managing Director Michael de Reese presented the terminal operator Cuxport while Wibke Ehlers of BREB Cuxhaven & Co. KG introduced Cuxhaven’s Maritime Training Initiative (MAC).

    Cuxport informed participants, which included i.a. teachers from city schools and representatives of various other regional agencies and organizations specializing in vocational training, about Cuxport’s offer for vocational training as specialized worker in port logistics or as computer and/or office administrative assistant. “Our goal of such training is to keep the successful apprentices in the company later. In the last ten years, Cuxport trained and took over 32 persons as permanent employees. At the moment, we have 10 apprentices in training,” said Michael de Reese. Cuxport presently employs 220 permanent staff and around 20 temporary workers. The company is part of the Rhenus Group; as such, employees have the opportunity to gather professional experiences globally at Rhenus offices.

    Wibke Ehlers, human resources director at BREB GmbH & Co. KG, subsequently presented other vocation possibilities in the port of Cuxhaven. In order to keep young people up to date about the port and shipping industry in Cuxhaven and its possibilities, BREB initiated the establishment of the Maritime Training Initiative (MAC). Further, this initiative is promoted and supported by the Lord Mayor of the City of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, the vocational training schools in Cuxhaven (BBS), the Chamber of Commerce of Stade, the HWG, the Nautical Club (NVC) and the State Maritime Academy of Cuxhaven.

    Presently, 14 Cuxhaven port-based businesses are part of MAC. The goal of the initiative is also to enable the trainees to have the theoretical portion of their training in vocational institutions close to home. Meanwhile, the initiative has already been successful in enabling local training for the school portion of the shipping clerk training to be performed at the BBS in cooperation with the State Maritime Academy of Cuxhaven, starting with training course 2018. “Thanks to the energetic efforts of the participating companies, this year additional apprenticeship possibilities were created. In this way, it was possible to continue this school program,” reported Wibke Ehlers. “The trainees receive a general business curriculum from the BBS and, at the premises of the State Maritime Academy of Cuxhaven, they learn the more specific maritime insights. Such a joint program is unique in Germany.”

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