Port Association

  • Cuxhaven: HWG members elect board of directors

    Hans-Peter Zint and Arne Ehlers confirmed in office for another two years

    Copyright Thomas SassenCuxhaven, 26 April 2018 - At the 45th general meeting of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) on 17 April 2018 at Donner's Hotel, the 17-member board of directors was confirmed in office for the next two years. 43 members of the association, which represents the interests of companies around the port of Cuxhaven, attended the meeting.

    The only change in the board is the addition of Thomas Lemke, Managing Director of Boots- und Schiffswerft Cuxhaven. In addition, Marcus Braue replaces the resigned Ortolf Barth in representing DFDS within the board.

    Chairman of the board Hans-Peter Zint thanked the attending members for the renewed confidence: "In 2017, we were able to address our target groups and markets and to position the topics that are important to our port via our successful port breakfast format, active participation in Seaports of Niedersachsen's ‘port meets hinterland’ series of events and last but not least our CuxDay in Hamburg. This year we will again focus on the further development as well as on the challenges and opportunities for the Port of Cuxhaven".

    Arne Ehlers, Vice Chairman, added: "The further development of Cuxhaven’s ‘German Offshore Industry Centre’, the HWG's commitment to promoting young talent in port logistics and the electrification of railway lines to and from Cuxhaven are only some of the priorities we have set ourselves for 2018. We are confident that together and in cooperation with the city of Cuxhaven, state port operator Niedersachsen Ports, and other relevant authorities and politicians, we can continue to achieve positive results."

     

    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. Current news about the HWG can be found on the Homepage, on LinkedIn and Twitter.

     

    Press contact details for Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Gwendolyn Dünner
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Phone +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
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  • Cuxport loads its two millionth BMW

    Cuxhaven is an important nexus for automobile logistics

    Umschlag zweimillionster BMW. Copyright: Cuxport

    HWG member Cuxport celebrated the shipment of its two millionth BMW to the United Kingdom on 29 August 2019. In the context of a festive gathering, the vehicle rolled onto the RoRo ferry “Jutlandia Seaways”, which is owned by DFDS shipping company. Prior to that, the vehicle had arrived in Cuxhaven on board a full block train dispatched from the production site. To commemorate the day, representatives of all participating logistics partners accompanied the loading of the vehicle. Enak Ferlemann, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure and Cuxhaven’s Lord Mayor Dr Ulrich Getsch also attended the event.

    For 15 years now, Cuxport has been shipping BMW vehicles to the United Kingdom. The DFDS shipping line offers up to six weekly sailings to Immingham on the British East coast, while UECC offers two weekly sailings to Southampton. Transhipment of automobiles is an important economic factor in Cuxhaven, which Lord Mayor Dr Ulrich Getsch greatly values: “Automobile logistics is a success story which has been long-lasting. We are pleased that Cuxport is strengthening our regional economy with it and creating sustainable jobs.”
    Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics at Cuxport, was pleased regarding the multi-year growth trend: “In previous years, we were able to enhance the shipment of vehicles and grow the number of our automobile customers – also thanks to an improved railway connection and substantial investments in port infrastructure. With the completion of berth no. 4, we now can offer the market three RoRo berths at Cuxport.”

    The Cuxport terminal has, for years, been one of the most important logistics hub for shipment of automobiles in Northern Europe. Since the port is accessible without going through a lock and provides significant storage capacities, it is optimal for automobile logistics. The automobiles arrive via railway or truck in Cuxhaven, undergo temporary storage and subsequently continue their journey by sea. Other destinations such as Sweden, Iceland and Denmark are also being serviced.

     

     

  • Electrification of the Stade-Cuxhaven railway line

    DB Netz informs the management board of the HWG about the current planning status

    Umschlag eines Containers vom Zug auf das Terminal mit direktem Gleisanschluss. Bildquelle: Cuxport GmbH.Cuxhaven, 15 July 2019 – The electrification of the railway line between Stade and Cuxhaven is an essential prerequisite for the expansion of port transhipment and the optimisation of public passenger transport between Cuxhaven and Hamburg – this was the topic of the 241st board meeting of the Cuxhaven Port Authority (HWG) on 1 July 2019, for which the HWG management board invited Michael Körber, Head of Customer Management and Northern Regional Timetable at DB Netz, to attend.

    In the meantime, the long-awaited electrification project has moved up to the category of urgent need of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030, confirmed Michael Körber. Concrete planning should begin in 2020. However, the elimination of the single track line in the area of the river Oste crossing is not part of the measure. Due to the nevertheless significant construction measures, one has to go through the usual approval procedures including a planning approval. Against this background, Michael Körber sees the completion of the electrification towards the end of the 2020s.


    The HWG management board thanked Michael Körber for this status report and suggested that all available acceleration possibilities should be exploited. "The electrification of the railway line has a number of positive effects. The shortening of journey times in public passenger transport to Hamburg is an outstanding measure for the integration of the areas in the Hamburg metropolitan region and makes a considerable contribution to increasing the attractiveness of Cuxhaven as a tourist location. In the area of port transhipment, the rail connection to the hinterland is burdened by the increased costs of the current diesel traction. Here, electrification offers the opportunity to open up more distant cargo sources through environmentally friendly and efficient rail transport. In this way, the competitiveness of the port location can be secured," said Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the HWG.


    Michael Körber added: "We as DB Netz are aware of the importance of the rail connection to Cuxhaven. Accordingly, we ensure that this measure is implemented with the necessary vigour."


    Diesel locomotives are currently in service on the railway line between Hamburg and Cuxhaven, as there are no overhead lines between the station of Stade and the Cuxhaven terminus. The route is mentioned in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 under the category "urgent need". The electrification of the railway line would eliminate the need to change locomotives for freight traffic on the line. In addition, regional trains could travel at higher speeds, which would significantly shorten travel times in local passenger transport.

     

    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. Current news about the HWG can be found on the Homepage, on LinkedIn and Twitter.

     

    Press contact details for Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Gwendolyn Dünner
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Phone: +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
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  • A glimpse into logistics:

    Students explore work environments of Cuxhaven logistics companies

    The pupils of the Geschwister-Scholl-School Altenwalde at the Cuxport terminal in Cuxhaven. Picture source: Heuer/Geschwister-Scholl-Schule Altenwalde.Cuxhaven, 20 May 2019 - Under the headline "Logistics Day in the Cuxland 2019", local companies presented their training and career opportunities in the fields of port, transport and logistics to students from local schools on 14 May 2019. The declared aim of the annual event is to give students an understanding of the many career opportunities available in a future-oriented sector, particularly in the Cuxland region.

    A total of 59 participating teachers and pupils from four regional schools were able to get to know professions such as port logistics specialist, bus and truck drivers, ship operation assistant or forwarding agent on a tour of the various company locations. This gave them a look behind the scenes of companies that play an important role in everyone's daily life but are not necessarily familiar to everyone.

    At the Cuxport terminal of port service provider Cuxport and the DFDS Germany shipping line provided visitors with an insight into the huge dimensions of port handling. Whether containers, trucks with trailers or huge offshore towers – everything in the port is moved by crane or on heavy-duty tractors. At the towage and salvage company Otto Wulf, the focus was on the handling of logistics on the high seas – here the students learned about the profession of tug captain, who safely manouvers even the largest container ships to the port or from one place to another.

    At Richard Heinbokel, the focus was the precise and safe transport of dangerous goods. The company with a branch in Hemmoor presented the various departments and professions. The bus company KVG Stade also focused on safe transport – but modern technology was also at the forefront of the training opportunities presented here.

    The participants came from the Osteschule Hemmoor, the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule Altenwalde, the Hauptschule Otterndorf and the Realschule Cuxhaven. For the first time this year, ten future economics teachers, who are currently doing their preparatory service at the Cuxhaven study seminar, also took part at their own request. "Thus the teachers in the preparatory service gain the necessary insight and can arrange the instruction unit appropriately for the topic of logistics and, at the same time, can contribute to the occupation orientation of the pupils. The findings of the Logistics Day are passed on multiplicatorily in class in order to sensitise the pupils to this industry focus," confirmed Nadja Lechner, head of the business faculty & vocational orientation coordinator at the Realschule Cuxhaven.

    The event, organised by the Cuxhaven Economic Development Agency (Agentur für Wirtschaftsförderung), normally takes place on the official International Supply Chain Day of the Federal Logistics Association (BVL) in April. However, since this year's event took place during the Easter holidays in Lower Saxony, the organiser had decided on an alternative date.

    "We are particularly pleased that this year, we have again succeeded in persuading schools and companies to hold the Cuxland Logistics Day. This shows the continued great interest of the participants in this event format, which we will offer again in the coming years, again on the International Supply Chain Day on 2 April in 2020," confirm Dr Christian Rogge and Antje Streng, organisers of the Cuxland Logistics Day from the Agency for Economic Development.

    "Cuxhaven is not only a wonderful place to live in. There are also many varied and challenging jobs with future prospects here. As companies based in the port, we would like to present these opportunities to the next generation and hope to see some of the visitors again in the futureas our employees," says Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) and Managing Director of Cuxport. HWG supports the annual event of the Agency for Economic Development.

     

    About the Agency for Economic Development
    The Agency for Economic Development Cuxhaven (AfW) is the regional contact point for companies and business start-ups for all questions and concerns relating to promotion programmes and corporate service. The primary task is to promote sustainable economic development, to support the exploitation of new economic opportunities and technology trends and to market the district and the city of Cuxhaven as a business location.

     

    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. Current news about the HWG can be found on the Homepage, on LinkedIn and Twitter.

     

    Press contact details for Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Gwendolyn Dünner
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Phone +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30) 30 87 29 95
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  • Niedersachsen Ports gets 13 new trainees

    New workers are reinforcing the sites in Cuxhaven, Emden and Brake

    Die neuen Auzubildenen bei Nports. Copyright: Niedersachsen PortsThis year, once again, HWG member Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) welcomed its new trainees on 22 August for their “Trainee Day” at the Oldenburg headquarters. At present, 13 young individuals have begun their work in different fields at sites in Cuxhaven, Emden and Brake. The breadth of their traineeship programs goes from commercial facets like office management to technical aspects like industrial mechanics. In the context of the Trainee Day, they are being officially welcomed into the company. Emily Koop is one of them. She is starting a three year traineeship at NPorts in Cuxhaven to become an electrician for real property and infrastructure systems. For Emily Koop, the traineeship at NPorts is just what she was looking for: “After school, I wanted to do something in the trades. Luckily, I was good in math and physics. That helped me apply for a traineeship at NPorts.”


    A sound educational foundation is an important element of success for Niedersachsen Ports. Holger Banik, managing director of NPorts, emphasizes the importance of new workers: “Their skills and ideas mean that trainees give our company a second wind. We all profit from that.” The trainees have the opportunity to complete their own projects. They are intensively supported while doing so, which promotes their personal strengths.


    The NPorts Trainee Day takes place once a year and services the purpose of welcoming new employees. But it also provides first impressions and allows for networking. Thus, the trainees have the possibility to get to know all the different business operations at NPorts. The trainees can, furthermore, personally meet management, the management team and the worker’s council and ask them questions. The youth and trainee representatives are also present on site and can introduce themselves.