Offshore Base Cuxhaven

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • International delegations visit Cuxhaven

    HWG member Cuxport promotes its offshore project handling capacity

    copyright: Cuxport GmbH

    Again and again, international delegations visit Cuxhaven to learn about the portside infrastructure available for the handling of offshore wind park projects. In September, both a Japanese and an Indian group were hosted by the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG). Early on in September, six representatives of electrical power plant operator Kyuden Mirai Energy from Kyushu in southern Japan, who started developing an Offshore-Wind project, attended an information gathering trip regarding possibilities for transshipment and warehousing of enormous, extra-heavy offshore components. Likewise, near the end of September, eight delegates from the Indian state of Gujarat visited the port of Cuxhaven.

    Cuxport general manager Michael de Reese and HWG’s chairman Hans-Peter Zint illustrated the specific capacity of the Port of Cuxhaven with a reference to the special and unique infrastructure capable of offshore and other heavy lift project handling: “Cuxhaven has focused on heavy lift and project cargo by making appropriate investments in infrastructure and equipment. The heavy lift-capable berths and platforms and the heavy lift road which provides a connection between the berths means that the entire port is usable for storing and transshipping project cargo.”

     

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  • Hans-Gerd Janssen enters into retirement amidst festivities

    New management for the NPorts office in Cuxhaven

    f.l.t.r.: Holger Banik, Spokesperson of the management board of Niedersachsen Ports; Hans-Gerd Janssen, former branch manager of Niedersachsen Ports in Cuxhaven; Knut Kokkelink, branch manager of Niedersachsen Ports in Cuxhaven; Folker Kielgast, technical managing director of Niedersachsen Ports (copyright: Andreas Burmann / NPorts)

    The board member of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) and Cuxhaven branch manager of Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts), Hans-Gerd Janssen, entered into retirement on 26 February 2019 after 33 years of loyal service. The Lord Mayor of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, as well as Enak Ferlemann, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, were present at the festivities to celebrate Janssen’s long-standing career at NPorts. After a two-month transitional period, certified engineer Knut Kokkelink will be assuming the responsibilities of the Cuxhaven branch manager.

    During the send-off, Holger Banik, managing director of NPorts, thanked Hans-Gerd Janssen for his service: “You have treated people, tasks and challenges with steady prudence and determination. You were not afraid to tackle difficult tasks and to make the necessary decisions.”

    The now-former branch manager started off in 1985 by working for the ports of Lower Saxony at the Lower Saxony Port Office in Emden, which is now the Emden branch of Niedersachsen Ports. Here, he worked as a business branch manager for new construction measures in the fields of port construction and maintenance. In 1991, he relocated to Cuxhaven, where after only four years he assumed the great responsibility of being the office manager of what was then the Elbe Port Office with jurisdiction over the ports of Cuxhaven and Stade. Under his leadership, inter alia, berths no. 1 through 4 as well as 8 through 9.5 were built in Cuxhaven. At the conclusion of his career, furthermore, the application documents for the planning approval procedure for berths no. 5 through 7 in Cuxhaven were filed. Hans-Gerd Janssen’s work made a significant contribution toward the seaport being a nexus for European short sea traffic and, moreover, for offshore wind energy along the North German coast.

    “Hans-Gerd Janssen always was fully engaged on behalf of the port of Cuxhaven and pushed its development ahead. Working together with him, and also together with NPorts, was always constructive, positive and marked by significant successes. We look forward to cooperating in the future with Knut Kokkelink and wish Hans-Gerd Janssen all the best for an active retirement and always a ‘hand’s breadth of water under the keel’,” said HWG chairman Hans-Peter Zint on the occasion of the send-off festivities.

    Now Knut Kokkelink is taking over the management of the Cuxhaven branch of NPorts. The engineer has been in charge of the technical division in Cuxhaven and Stade since 2017 where, amongst other things, he was responsible for new construction projects, including the Offshore Base in Cuxhaven, the Ro/Ro terminal at the Steubenhoeft (the pier for the England passenger ferry) and berth no. 4.

    The new cuxhaven branch manager of NPorts: Knut Kokkelink (Copyright: NPorts)

  • Progress in Closing Berth Gaps in Cuxhaven

    NPorts starts official plan approval procedure for berths no. 5-7

    Animation der Liegeplätze 5-7. Copyright: Niedersachsen Ports

    Between the Cuxport terminal and the Offshore Base in Cuxhaven, three further berths are set to be built in the future. The preparations for this have now been taken a step further with port operator Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) handing in the official documents for the plan approval procedure to the responsible government authority. The next step is the planning and zoning determination procedure.

    Even today, berths no. 1 through 3 in Cuxhaven are fully utilized. For September 2019, it is anticipated that berth no. 4, recently inaugurated, will also be used to its full capacity. For this reason, NPorts did not delay in preparing plans to close the gaps with berths no. 5-7. The overall length of the planned berths is 1,257 meters. Behind these, about 28 hectares are available as handling and storage area. Once the gap is finally closed, the overall contiguous length of the quay wall from berth no. 1 to berth no. 9, will measure 3.6 kilometers.

    NPorts managing director Holger Banik praised the developer’s progress: “The team in Cuxhaven has performed very well during this tough phase and has really pushed forward on closing the gap.” First, NPorts obtained various expert opinions, including a simulation survey regarding ship maneuvers and a geological survey to assess the ground’s ability to sustain the quay construction. Even the influence of the construction on the environment was taken into account – an environmental impact report, a landscape survey and accompanying plan and an ornithological survey have been compiled. As an environmental compensatory measure for the construction, NPorts has already acquired 65 hectares of land.

    All documentation has now been provided to the Lower Saxony State Authority for Maritime Economy and Coastal and Natural Protection at the Lüneburg office for the purpose of carrying out the completeness assessment. Right now, the port operator assumes that the so-called planning approval will be issued within the next two years. Then, a Europe-wide bidding procedure for the operation of the terminal and a European Union notification procedure will be carried out, after which the construction may commence.

     

  • 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.