• 28th Lower Saxony Port Festival

    Ports in Lower Saxony are developing strongly

    28. Niedersächsischer Hafentag klein

    For the 28th time, 300 guests involved in business, politics and government came together on the 31st of August at the Lower Saxony Port Festival to discuss current developments relating to Lower Saxony’s seaports. This year, the event took place at the Port of Leer.

    In his speech at the Lower Saxony Port Festival, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann emphasized the importance of Lower Saxony’s seaports for business. The port industry is a key sector and one of the areas of focus for the state government. The minister illustrated the challenges for economic and labor policy, such as getting rid of bureaucratic barriers, promoting digitalization, rebuilding and expanding traffic infrastructure and securing well trained workers both now and in the future.

    The central issue dealt with during the Port Festival was Brexit and ist consequences for the state’s seaports. Bernd Althusmann and Timo Schön, managing director of the port marketing association Seaports of Lower Saxony, warned that a hard Brexit would have a potential serious impact. There was a risk of endangering Lower Saxony’s ports, which are very present in UK-bound traffic.

    Traditionally, for the Port Festival, current events affecting Lower Saxony’s seaports are on the agenda. Among other topics, as it relates to sustainability, Cuxhaven began operating ist landside power hookup system in July. Furthermore, the completion of berth 4 was talked about and it was affirmed that plenning for berths 5 through 7 in Cuxhaven had begun. The other ports also reported on positive developments: Emden will soon benefit from an intelligent LED lighting system for a rail switchyard in the port and in Brake, a test run is underway for the project “LED and Plasma Lighting in Ports”.

    For the first half of 2018, the seaports of Lower Saxony have made great strides: from January to June, they generated maritime cargo volume of ca. 25.2 million tons. At the container terminal in Wilhelmshaven, there was a 25% jump in container volume over the prior year, up to 291,000 TEU.



  • DFDS increases scheduled frequencies to Great Britain from Cuxhaven

    In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, Cuxhaven is processing cargo without issue

    Cuxhaven, 2 February 2021 – Since 1 February, the Danish shipping company and member of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) DFDS has expanded its scheduled freight liner traffic between Cuxhaven and Immingham by one additional departure, which means there are now six weekly vessel departures. Thanks to unaccompanied trailer transits, the route through Cuxhaven has shown itself to be robust despite the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit. Thus, handling at the Cuxport terminal for shipments to the UK can be carried out without interruption.

    Britannia Seaways CUX klein 1With the additional Wednesday departure, the route originating at the Lower Saxony deep-sea port of Cuxhaven will be served from Monday to Saturday. Two Ro/Ro vessels, Selandia Seaways and Britannia Seaways will be deployed. Next to the additional departure, the reworked schedule is now tailored to customers‘ needs. The transit times between Cuxhaven and Immingham have been reduced to 19 hours; plus, all departures now occur in the evenings. In particular, truck-trailer customers can now deliver their trailer or container units at HWG member Cuxport’s terminal in the evening and these units can be expedited on their onward journey without escort. Logistics companies thus enjoy more scheduling security and less risk of delay for their drivers and their cargo on account of any Brexit-related customs checks. Any delays at terminals, and border crossings, can also be avoided in this way.

    “With the additional departure and improved departure times in the evenings, we are offering our customers an attractive and reliable alternative for their shipments to and from Great Britain,” said Marcus Braue, Cuxhaven site manager for DFDS Germany. He added: “The market is indicating a general trend away from accompanied and towards unaccompanied trailer transits. For this reason, we have adjusted the departure times to be more in line with our customers’ preferences.”

    “So far, COVID-19 and the new customs rules have not impacted processing in Cuxhaven for onward journeys to Great Britain. This shows that our thorough preparation in conjunction with all stakeholders is paying off, we are not experiencing significant issues in processing exports and imports,” noted Hans-Peter Zint, chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association and managing director of Cuxport GmbH.


    Über die HWG

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  • 29th Lower Saxony Port Day

    Lower Saxony Seaports are ready for coming challenges

    Niedersächsischer Hafentag. Copyright: Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven

    For the 29th time, on 23 August, roughly 350 participants from business, politics and government met at the Lower Saxony Port Day to discuss future developments and challenges. This year the event took place at the navy base in Wilhelmshaven and the central topics were digital change and Brexit.

    In his speech, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann emphasized the importance of digitization for shipping and for Lower Saxon seaports. Even at this early stage, digital change has had enormous effects on these sectors and is, therefore, one of the most important future topics. For this reason, ports should obtain broadband connections and comprehensive 4G coverage in the course of the 2022 Digitization Master Plan.

    Timo A. Schön, managing director of the port marketing association Seaports of Lower Saxony, emphasized that ports are also ready for the future in other areas: “The Lower Saxon seaports are flexible and broadly positioned in order to be ready for upcoming challenges. A good example is Brexit: from the beginning, we assumed a worst case scenario and we undertook the appropriate precautions.“

    In this regard, for example, the port of Cuxhaven expanded its storage capacities so that there is enough room in exceptional circumstances for goods which are held up longer in customs processing. The unescorted traffics are a great advantage for Cuxhaven in this respect. “Since seaborne trailer and container traffic through Cuxhaven is unescorted, we don’t expect queues and backups. In problematic cases local terminal employee can support the exporter in solving unexpected difficulties; in this way, such problems can be resolved prior to the vessel’s departure. The drivers and tractor don’t need to wait, so these can depart the port immediately after delivering the trailer or container and also there is no impact to other cargo,” said Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association. Together with new software for electronic data exchanges with the customs office and comprehensive trainings of employees, Cuxhaven is therefore ideally prepared for any Brexit outcome.

    The Port Day is traditionally also an occasion to discuss the current developments in Lower Saxony’s seaports. These were able to ship roughly 27 million tons of seagoing cargo in the first half of 2019; in this way they registered a growth of roughly 7% vis-à-vis the prior year period. The seaports of Lower Saxony have shown that they are storm-ready in uncertain times.