Port Association

  • “Mein Schiff 3” docks in Cuxhaven under strict security precautions

    HWG members are intimately involved with the preparations

    Mein Schiff 3 in Cuxhaven Copyright NPorts min

    Since the end of April 2020, the cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 has been docked at the Steubenhöft in Cuxhaven. To date, it is the largest passenger ship to ever dock at the historic pier, which is ca. 400 meters long.

    The ship, which belongs to the TUI Cruises company, embarked from the Canary Islands on 18 April. The vessel, which is roughly 300 meters long, was carrying approximately 2,900 persons from more than 60 nations, all of whom were crew members of Mein Schiff 3 or of other cruise ships operated by TUI Cruises. The last passengers had disembarked from the vessel on 23 March in the Mediterranean. However, for the company it was no easy task in finding a suitable port with reliable supply of the vessel with, inter alia, potable water and fuel, and also with the necessary waste disposal. Many ports, such as those in Spain, could not be used on account of the coronavirus pandemic. In this emergency, Cuxhaven offered to accept the ship. Upon arriving in Cuxhaven, the crew had already been underway for more than four weeks without outside contact and, on board the ship, they had been free of symptoms of COVID-19. This was a precondition set by the local authorities prior to authorizing the vessel to dock in Cuxhaven. In addition to supplies, some 1,200 crew members are to be provided safe passage back to their home countries.

    In preparing to muster out the crew, members of the Cuxhaven Port Association and port operator Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) worked closely with public entities such as the Federal Police and the County Health Office. Cuxhaven’s Lord Mayor Uwe Santjer and County Representative Kai-Uwe Bielefeld were included in the organization. Subject to strict security, Cuxhaven agreed to permit the mariners and service workers to begin their homeward journeys. The top priority was the security of the crew and the people on land. The plan envisaged that the roughly 1,200 crew would disembark within four days and be brought by chartered buses to departure airports. Because of the sudden closure of some Asian airports and tightened immigration rules, the departure of many of the crewmembers was severely delayed.

    “As a major Lower Saxony seaport, it was a matter of course for the city and for the county of Cuxhaven to make it possible for large parts of the crew on board Mein Schiff 3 to begin their ardently desired homeward journeys, while working together closely with all participating official entities and while taking into account all health and security requirements, in particular in light of the coronavirus crisis,” declared Lord Mayor Uwe Santjer and County Representative Kai-Uwe Bielefeld.

    “In light of the background of the many participants and the limitations due to the coronavirus pandemic, coordination was a major logistical challenge. However, thanks to the excellent cooperation between local authorities, TUI and the port, the preparations proceeded flawlessly, and so the ship was able to dock in Cuxhaven,” added Arne Ehlers, the Vice Chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association and managing director of BREB GmbH & Co. KG.

    Following flu-like symptoms arising in 15 crew members, the circle of contacts of the affected individuals and all systematically relevant members of ship management and crew were subject to 250 tests. One of these was positive for coronavirus. The affected person and his circle were isolated on board immediately. Following this, the entire crew was retested – a further eight were positive. All nine affected individuals subsequently left the vessel and were quarantined in hospitals. Apart from two cases which have minor symptoms, the other cases are otherwise asymptomatic.

    In the meanwhile, the company has, considering all prevailing security measures, arranged return flights for roughly 1,200 healthy individuals which, prior to the same, were tested negative twice. On the 8th and 11th, the first charter flights started to Ukraine, Indonesia, and other countries.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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
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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.

     

     

  • Elbe Fairway Deepening: Two new underwater storage areas successfully completed at ”Medemrinne“ and ”Neufelder Sand“

    HWG member Machulez KG coordinated the large scale logistics project at the port of Cuxhaven

    Hansakai für UWA Medemrinne; Bildquelle: Machulez KGCuxhaven, 20 October 2019 – In the course of the deepening of the Elbe fairway to improve navigability for ever growing ship sizes, a total of around 1,200,000 tons of underwater construction stones were built into the “Medemrinne” and “Neufelder Sand” underwater deposit areas (UDAs) between March and October. Machulez KG, a member of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG), coordinated the logistics requirements between the underwater construction companies, the quarry and the locally responsible institutions. Machulez provided its logistics network and portside infrastructure and acted as a base port within the the first construction phase of the Elbe deepening project.

    The stone mixture was required for the completion of respective central underwater dams within the UDAs in the Elbe estuary, so that the river sediment quantities excavated in a later phase could be stored there and not washed back into the Elbe or the North Sea.
    “The biggest challenge of the project was to coordinate the multiple parallel handling of all ships involved in the project as well as the related pre-carriages and on-carriages. We were able to do this without any waiting times," explained the Machulez project team.


    Already through a foresighted planning phase and synchronized interfaces for all parties involved in the supply chain, the complex logistics project at the port of Cuxhaven could be successfully implemented.


    The supplier consortium consisted of a Norwegian quarry, underwater construction specialists and various locally responsible institutions. In particular the knowledge of the extensive specificationsand quality requirements of the rock as well as the nautical-technical experience were of major importance for the assessment of the realization.


    The Hansakai site in Cuxhaven, which has proven its worth for more than 70 years, was used as the construction site base port. With the new 50 metre wide RoRo heavy-duty ramp and the established and versatile port handling equipment it is very well suited for the mobilization and demob of waterway construction vessels. In addition, the port facility at Steubenhöft was used as a transshipment terminal.


    From March to September 2019, the more than 1 million tons of underwater construction stones arrived in Cuxhaven in more than 40 ship arrivals from Norway and were delivered to the two underwater construction sites in two independent logistics cycles, each with three construction site ships.


    Thanks to the gantry cranes on board the delivering vessels, board-to-board transshipment was possible. The logistics chain was ensured by installation barges, folding barges, pontoons and tugs, the water construction companies van den Herik and Jan de Nul.


    This project phase of the Elbe dredging was successfully completed at the end of September.. According to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the deepening of the Elbe fairway should be completed by mid-2021.

     

     

     

    Über die HWG
    Die Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V. ist ein Zusammenschluss Cuxhavener Unternehmen, Institutionen und Privatpersonen mit dem Ziel, den Hafenstandort an der Mündung der Elbe zu vermarkten und weiterentwickeln. Zudem setzt sich die HWG für die Positionierung Cuxhavens als bedeutenden Hafenstandort für die Offshore-Windenergie in Deutschland ein. Aktuelle Neuigkeiten der HWG gibt es auf der Homepage, bei LinkedIn und Twitter.

     

    Pressekontakt Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Birgitt Smelty
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Tel. +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
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  • 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
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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.

  • The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) is mastering the challenges of the coronavirus crisis together

    DFDS, an HWG member, returns to 5 weekly freight departures

    Petunia Seaways_Copyright_DFDSCuxhaven, 6 July 2020 – As of this week, two RoRo vessels will again be operating five weekly departures on the scheduled cargo service between Cuxhaven and Immingham. With this, the Danish shipping company and HWG member DFDS is returning to its previous routine, which it interrupted in April due to coronavirus. Despite the coronavirus crisis, the port of Cuxhaven remained fully operational and it is now expecting increasing cargo volumes in the coming months.

    With the deployment of its two Ro/Ro ferries, PETUNIA SEAWAYS and, from 8 July, additionally BELGIA SEAWAYS, the Danish shipping company DFDS A/S has upped its overall freight capacity by over 70 percent. “The cargo volumes between Germany and Great Britain, in particular as it relates to new vehicle shipments, are once again increasing. We are therefore happy to return back to normality and offer our customers almost daily departures,” said Ortolf Barth, Route Director at DFDS. In April, DFDS reduced its schedule between Cuxhaven and Immingham to three departures with just a single ship.

    The Cuxhaven Port Association quickly and flexibly adjusted to coronavirus measures, which included capacity reductions in some markets, but especially in Great Britain. The transport route via Cuxhaven proved to be particularly robust and it was possible to operate both continuously and without disruption, especially because goods moving overland did not need to cross borders and were, therefore, entirely free from disruptions at border crossing points. This once again cemented Cuxhaven’s role as an important entrepôt for disruption-free transport to England.


    “The Cuxhaven Port Association and its member companies have, with the help of their employees, done everything necessary to sustain the supply chain. The processing of ships and landside transshipment activity was coordinated actively with all participants and executed in a flexible manner. Despite the restrictions on public life, it was and is assured that ongoing operations can be carried out without disruption or limitations,” said Hans-Peter Zint, chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association.


    Jeden Tag verlässt eine Nacelle das Werk in Cuxhaven. Fotograf: Ulrich WirrwaCargo handlings in the offshore and onshore energy sectors are also hardly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Production is stable and continuing at HWG member company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE). “Luckily, the impact of the coronavirus has been milder for us than we expected. We did not need to halt production, did not order furloughs and our supply chain remained intact,” said Anton Bak, the site manager of Siemens Gamesa in Cuxhaven. He added: “Nevertheless, early on, we launched a large number of security measures and regulations. Amidst this crisis, we’re witnessing the excellent cooperation between the various involved companies in the port.”


    The SGRE site of Cuxhaven is a central element in the production network of the German-Spanish wind power manufacturer and is slated to take part in producing the next generation of turbine models. For 2022, mass production is planned of both the ten and 11 megawatt models. Beyond this, starting in 2024, the machinery casings for new mega-turbines with up to 14 megawatts of capacity will be produced in Cuxhaven.

     

    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.

     

    Further information on the Cuxhaven-Immingham schedule can be found here: https://www.dfds.com/en/freight-shipping/routes-and-schedules/cuxhaven-immingham

     

    Press contact Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Janin Detjen
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Tel. +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 32
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