• 2019 Port Developments in Cuxhaven

    The construction of new railway sidings will start Fall 2019

    (v.l.n.r.) Knut Kokkelink, Hans-Gerd Janssen und Hans-Peter Zint. Copyright: Oliver FuhljahnOn December 6, the Cuxhaven Port Association and port operator Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) invited roughly 40 participants for a business breakfast and a discussion between local NPorts representatives and the Cuxhaven port community regarding current and future projects relating to the commercial development of Cuxhaven’s port.

    Knut Kokkelink, who is taking over from Hans-Gerd Janssen the role of NPorts branch manager for Cuxhaven as of March 2019, presented a series of development plans. Among these is the already approved construction of four new sidings of block train length on NPorts area adjacent to the Deutsche Bahn operated Cuxhaven train station.

    “At this time, we are still just in the planning phase, and we are coordinating with Deutsche Bahn. We are envisioning a Fall 2019 start,” reported Knut Kokkelink, who presently acts as Technical Department Director at NPorts Cuxhaven. The project phase will last roughly a year. The port operator will be investing approximately four million euros.

    Presently, NPorts operates one block train length railway siding at the train station to supplement the neighbouring DB-Netz infrastructure. This track is going to be replaced by the planned group of four 700 – 780 m long sidings in order to create additional push capacity for trains waiting at the freight station for a green light to proceed to the transhipment railheads at the Cuxport and BLG sea terminals.







  • 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.


    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
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 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.


  • Cuxhaven prepares for Brexit

    Cuxhaven companies and their customers discuss solution strategies with representatives from government and administration

    (f.l.t.r.) Kai-Uwe Bielefeld, district administrator of the district of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, Lord Mayor of Cuxhaven, Sir Sebastian Wood, British Ambassador to Germany, Rachel King, EU & Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy, Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association, and David McAllister, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. Picture source: Thomas Sassen/Cuxhavener Nachrichten.Berlin/Cuxhaven, 16 October 2018 - As a major port for traffic to the United Kingdom (UK) as well as for the international fishing industry, Cuxhaven is expected to be strongly affected by the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. For this reason, the Cuxhaven Port Association (Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven) hosted a parliamentary evening in Berlin on Monday, 15 October 2018. The aim was to intensify preparations for the changes that will take place on 29 March 2019, together with representatives from government, administration and the business community.

    According to the British government, around 90 percent of the withdrawal agreement from the European Union have been finalised, roughly half a year before the official date. Great Britain is the fifth most important trading partner for the German economy, so imports and exports would be considerably impaired by the introduction of customs clearance procedures. At the port of Cuxhaven, which handles more than six departures a week to English ports, around 70 to 80 percent of traffic would be affected by these changes.

    Like many companies and organisations, the Cuxhaven business community has already been dealing with the possible effects of the Brexit in the long term. Among other things, the processes required for customs clearance were developed in consultation with shipping companies, terminal operators, freight forwarders, shippers and customs. The employees of the companies are prepared for new requirements through training and special qualifications. New IT systems for terminal management and electronic interfaces to customs systems are also being introduced.

    Challenges for local companies

    At CuxDay, HWG-Chairman Hans-Peter Zint confirmed that, like many German companies, the port industry in Cuxhaven is preparing for a "chaotic Brexit". "We are currently assuming the worst case scenario and preparing our processes and transports for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU customs union and the internal market without an agreement. Nevertheless, we want to do everything we can to ensure that this does not happen. The United Kingdom is and will remain an important trading partner for Cuxhaven. Today we have achieved our goal of creating an understanding of Cuxhaven's special situation among politicians and the administration in order to develop common solutions. Cuxhaven will be Brexit-ready on 29 March 2019 and will therefore continue to be a reliable partner for fast supply chains to and from England."

    In his speech to around 100 guests, Kell Robdrup, Senior Vice President of the shipping company DFDS A/S, also adressed the company's preparations: "In order to be ready for the challenges that Brexit will pose to DFDS and our customers, DFDS is striving to ensure a smooth transition to new customs and government requirements for trade and immigration from 29 March 2019. These include new business offerings such as customs clearance itself, storage of cargo and the provision of warehouses for industrial customers in order to build stock to ensure smooth delivery to their customers. DFDS is in the process of building the expertise and finding the space needed for this at our terminals."

    On the customer side, Stephan Freismuth, Customs Manager at BMW Group, addressed the urgency of the required processes: "For the BMW Group, the United Kingdom is not only our fourth-largest sales market, but the vehicles and vehicle parts we produce there are also predominantly exported to the continent. Therefore we believe the timely adaptation of customs and logistics processes is essential if business continuity between the UK and the EU is to be maintained."

    EU summit to bring clarity

    The speakers included representatives of the business community as well as representatives of the ministries. Dr. Rolf Bösinger, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, gave an insight into the preparations of the Federal Government: "The customs administration will not take on any new tasks post-Brexit, but the scope of familiar tasks will increase. For this reason, the proper performance of tasks will be expanded in line with demand, especially at the major international seaports and airports, such as Cuxhaven, particularly in the area of customs clearance. The draft budget for 2019 provides for a considerable number of additional posts for customs." He also called on all affected companies to make use of existing information services such as www.zoll.de and to review the necessary preparatory measures.

    British Ambassador Sir Sebastian Wood welcomed the guests to the event: “We have a crucial week ahead of us with the October European Council just a few days away. The time has come for compromise –all sides must now find the necessary political will to design a new relationship which does justice to our uniquely close ties and to our shared European values. The UK and Europe are bound by centuries of shared history which stretch far beyond the existence of the EU. We stand for the same values and interests in global affairs. Our security is inextricably linked, as is our prosperity. The day the UK leaves the EU it will become a trading partner to the EU on the scale of the US and China.”

    David McAllister, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, emphasised the importance of the agreement for the port location: "Cuxhaven will be particularly affected by Brexit as a port and fishing location. Everything must be done to ensure that the access rights and fishing quotas of the German fishing industry are maintained. Only if an agreement is reached now will there be a 21-month transitional period during which both sides can negotiate a future trade agreement and cooperation on fisheries policy. The summit meeting of EU leaders in Brussels this week will be crucial. There must be clear progress. Time is of the essence!"

    On 17 and 18 October, the leaders of the 27 EU member states will meet in Brussels to discuss the current state of negotiations with the UK and the deepening of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).


    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
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 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
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 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
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Inauguration of Berth No. 4

    Cuxport Terminal extension increases RoRo and heavy lift capacity

    Copyright: Joachim Wöhlkens / DFDSOn 19 September, the new heavy lift berth in Cuxhaven was officially inaugurated. 8.5 hectares stretching along 290 metres of pier with a water depth of 17.3 metres provide plenty of space for storage and transshipment of cargo. This includes RoRo cargo, such as vehicles or goods being carried on MAFI-trailers or trucks, along with heavy project cargo, such as the roughly 30-metre long, bright yellow transition pieces destined for a German Bight wind farm project and that are being loaded onto the jack-up ship from the pier this autumn.

    The port company Niedersachsen Ports and the terminal operator, Cuxport, who are both members of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG), had sent out the official invitation for the inauguration event. Approximately 150 guests were in attendance, including Lower Saxony Culture and Science Minister Björn Thümler and Enak Ferlemann, the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Transport Ministry, as well as Cuxhaven’s Lord Mayor, Dr. Ulrich Getsch.

    In his opening speech, Niedersachsen Port’s general manager, Holger Banik, reported on the successful construction work which created the new infrastructure: “Today, we’re celebrating the result of a great team effort and a vibrant cooperation with Cuxport. The state has invested 36 million euros in this port installation. We have built a high-performing, modern port installation in just approximately two years. Berth no. 4 provides Cuxhaven with more capacity for more cargo growth and more development. This is going to make the port stronger.”

    Hans-Peter Zint, Managing Director of Cuxport, emphasized in his speech the Cuxport terminal‘s multi-purpose strategy and illustrated the importance of Cuxhaven as a nexus for maritime supply chains to Northern Europe and beyond. “Berth no. 4’s potential lies not just in the expansion of today’s short sea routes. Thanks to the 17.3-metre water depth, it also means the expansion of our services portfolio for intercontinental supply chains. Through this, we want Cuxhaven to become a hub for deep sea routes as well.”

  • Lower Saxon Minister President Weil visits Cuxhaven

    An SPD Lower Saxon parliament delegation attends event regarding port development, offshore wind and Brexit

    SPD parliamentary delegation and Cuxport representatives on the viewing platform at the Cuxport terminal. Copyright: Cuxport GmbH

    In the context of a closed meeting, a delegation of the Lower Saxon SPD parliamentary group, led by Minister President Stephan Weil and State Parliament Member Uwe Santjer, visited the port of Cuxhaven on 12 March. First, they visited the Offshore Safety Training Center in Cuxhaven and gathered information from managing director Rolf Fremgen. The guests were given a presentation regarding the safety requirements for employees in offshore wind parks and a demonstration regarding procedures to be followed in the event of a helicopter crash, as done in the context of the ‘Survival at Sea’ training course.

    At the Cuxport terminal, the party members were able to absorb the new infrastructure situation at berth no. 4, which is already fully in use and currently handling extra volume triggered by Brexit. Accordingly, the two managing directors of Cuxport, Michael de Reese and Hans-Peter Zint (also HWG chairman) reported on the preparatory measures relating to Brexit such as new IT applications and employee trainings. Hans-Peter Zint spoke about the opportunities presented by the exit of the United Kingdom for Cuxhaven, for example if the channel ports become saturated due to the necessary customs formalities. “Cuxhaven is ready and can, if necessary, handle redirected cargoes.”

    During the subsequent bus tour through the port, Cuxport showed the guests future development plans. Between berths no. 4 and no. 8, the state-owned company Niedersachsen Ports will build out three further berths and develop the areas behind it, which are directly accessible, for cargo operations. “The precondition for stable and future-ready port operations in all of Lower Saxony is the continuous, appropriate financing of state-owned port operator Niedersachsen Ports amounting to at least 40 million euros per year. This visit has given us the opportunity to express to the State Parliament members that a stable, reliable political framework is necessary not just for this, but also for the expansion of offshore wind energy,” added de Reese.

    To conclude the port visit, a tour of the Offshore Base took place, where the party members were given the chance to watch the loading of ready-to-go offshore wind turbines onto the specialized vessel ‘Rotra Vente’ via Ro/Ro procedures.

  • A quick alternative to car and train

    New ferry service launched between Cuxhaven and Sylt

    Adler Cat. ©Michael_Magulski

    The new passenger ferry service between Cuxhaven and Sylt was opened on 30 June 2018. From now on, tourists and day-trippers will, on weekends, be able to travel from Cuxhaven to the North-Friesian island of Sylt in roughly two hours. Ferry operator Adler-Schiffe makes this possible by employing its high-speed catamaran “Adler Cat”, which sports seats for 220 people on two decks. For its maiden voyage, the vessel was fully booked for many days in advance.

    “Those who have travelled to Sylt via land know just how long this journey can take, given traffic jams and train delays. The new ferry connection gives people a true alternative for trips to Sylt which is fast and hassle-free. This is also beneficial for Cuxhaven from a touristic standpoint, since the new connection gives local guests a new exciting day-trip opportunity,” said Juliane Nissen-Hünding, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Adler-Schiffe.

    The ferry will operate until 28 October 2018, originating at Cuxhaven’s ferry pier “Alte Liebe” and arriving at Sylt’s port of Hörnum with departures at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The return trip is at 4:45 p.m. from Sylt. The 30 metres long and 10.6 metres wide catamaran has a two-metre draft and is equipped with a bow-fender, enabling fast mooring and un-mooring operations. When booking, guests are able to freely pick their favourite seat selection. If the service is received well, the shipping company suggested it would consider expanding next years’ schedule.

    From Mondays to Thursdays, the catamaran runs the route from Föhr, Amrum and Sylt to Helgoland. On Fridays, it travels to that destination from the North Sea Island Norderney.

    Further information on www.adler-schiffe.de

  • 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)

  • New managing director at Seaports of Niedersachsen

    Timo Schön to succeed Inke Onnen-Lübben as managing director of the port marketing company

    Copyright: Seaports of Niedersachsen

    On 1 August 2018, Timo Schön, after winding up a number of current projects, will take up his new post as managing director of the board of Seaports of Niedersachsen. The 41-year old is a trained shipping merchant and started his career at the Bremen liner agency Karl Geuther. From 2012 to 2015, he was in charge of the Baltic Sea business for the Hamburg-based tramp shipbroker Frachtkontor Junge, and has since then led its German agencies from Rostock.

    The director of the supervisory board of Seaports of Niedersachsen, Karsten Dirks, noted the following: “Timo Schön is an internationally recognized expert for ports and ships with a large business network; he is assuming a leading role at Seaports of Niedersachsen GmbH. Coming from his previous employments, he will bring to Seaports great expertise in port marketing, boardroom work and business networking, not to mention administration and politics.”

    Timo Schön added: “I’m happy about the trust the board has placed in me and am looking forward to the new challenges this new task will bring with it. I will concentrate on further expanding the already well-functioning port industry in Lower Saxony.”

    The previous managing director of Seaports, Inke Onnen-Lübben, left the company on 30 April 2018 at her own request and will soon assume a new role in the industry.

    Apart from Timo Schön, Felix Jahn will continue in his role as vice managing director of Seaports of Niedersachsen, a public-private partnership between the private port industry of Lower Saxony and the Lower Saxon Ministry of Trade, Labour, Transport and Digitalization. The company is tasked with marketing the services of the ports located in Lower Saxony on a national and international level.
    The HWG, as a member of Seaports of Niedersachsen, also welcomes the new managing director. HWG managing director Hans-Peter Zint said: “I congratulate [Timo Schön] on his new position and am convinced that the cooperation between HWG and Seaports will continue as well as before.”


  • New Silk Road: Closing the gap to Great Britain via Cuxhaven

    HWG member DFDS establishes connection between China and UK

    copyright: DFDSCuxhaven, 22 November 2018 - China's mega project, the New Silk Road, is to intensify international trade between Asia and Europe in the long term through a stronger infrastructure. The project also offers new opportunities for the Port of Cuxhaven. Due to the increasing demand in the United Kingdom for goods from China, the HWG member DFDS A/S has now established the last link of the transport chain between Great Britain and China via Cuxhaven. DFDS organises and carries out the onward road transport to the Cuxport terminal of goods arriving from China in Hamburg by rail, as well as the following sea transport from Cuxhaven to Immingham.

    The HWG member DFDS currently operates the route from Cuxhaven to the United Kingdom with the ships "Jutlandia Seaways" and "Stena Foreteller". The frequency is five to six departures per week, depending on the cargo volume, with a transit time of 20 to 22 hours. The flows of goods from China mainly come from the Zhengzhou region in central China. But there is also demand for transport services in the other direction from England via Cuxhaven to China. The goods are currently mainly supplier parts from the automotive sector.

    "The connection is very well received. In our concept, the customer has only one contact for the entire journey from Hamburg to delivery in England and this has gained approval in the market," explains Marcus Braue, Branch Manager of DFDS Germany ApS & Co. KG in Cuxhaven.

    After the start in 2008, it took some time before the train connection between China and Europe was established. However, according to estimates by Deutsche Bahn, around 90,000 containers, a hundred times as many as in 2011, will be moved on the line in 2018. DFDS also expects the volume of rail traffic between China and continental Europe to increase further.

    "We are planning to further expand this interesting business segment, so that we can offer our customers real added value due to our short transit time and high frequency. Also with the background of the threat of ‘Brexit’ and the required additional capacities in unaccompanied transport, we see ourselves very well positioned together with our partners on both sides," adds Marcus Braue.



    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
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 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.

  • Spotted at the Port: Christmas Truck Ahoy!

    Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) members and the Seamen’s Mission Cuxhaven are bringing Christmas gifts to sailors

    copyright: Oliver Fuhljahn

    It’s common that ships are berthed in port or being loaded or unloaded on Christmas Eve. After all, these ships make it possible for gifts to arrive under our trees and for food to be ready on time for Christmas Eve dinner. To this end, sailors accept that they may not be home with their families over the holidays – but rather, only after they return home from Cuxhaven.

    It can be fun, nevertheless, to celebrate Christmas at the port, as the Seamen’s Mission Cuxhaven knows. Together with the companies Dabrock and Cuxport and with the support of the HWG, this year, a special surprise was devised: Together, they decorated a dark green Land Rover as a ‘Christmas Truck’, even including a complete, decorated Christmas tree, stickers and gift packages. The vehicle, the light chains, the tree and the gifts were sponsored by the Friends of the Seamen’s Mission, the HWG and the companies Cuxport and Niemczyk as well as Dabrock Werbung in Wingst, who donated the labor to install the overprint on the truck.

    Together, on a Christmas mission, the employees drove through port on 24 December and distributed the gifts to the crews of eleven ships who were berthed in Cuxhaven over the holidays. The children of seamen’s deacon Martin Struwe provided musical entertainment on board by singing to the accompaniment of flute tunes. The Christmas tree, donated by Niemczyk, was handed over to the crew of the ship “HYDROGRAPH” and brought on board in a festive ceremony.

    “There is no replacement for a Christmas celebration with your own family,” said Oliver Fuhljahn, a member of the extended board of the HWG and co-organizer of Operation: Christmas Truck. “But we hope that our efforts brought joy to a few faces and that we helped to get through the wait time until the sailors are able to return home to their loved ones.”


    Copyright: Oliver Fuhljahn Copyright: Oliver Fuhljahn

    Copyright: Oliver Fuhljahn