Investment in infrastructure

Opening of berth no. 9.1 and the ramp at Hansakai

Berth no. 9.1 in Cuxhaven (background). From left to right: Hans-Gerd Janssen (Branch Manager Cuxhaven of Niedersachsen Port GmbH & Co. KG), Knut Kokkelink (Head of Technical Department Niedersachsen Port GmbH & Co. KG), Thiemo Röhler (Member of the Lower Saxony State Parliament), Dr. Bernd Althusmann (Lower Saxony Minister for Trade, Labour, Transport and Digitalization), Uwe Santjer (Member of the Lower Saxony State Parliament) and Holger Banik (Managing Director of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG). Picture Credit: Andreas Burmann/NPorts

The port of Cuxhaven, through the continuing expansion of the German Offshore Industry Centre, has become the leading offshore base port for the North Sea. Thanks to growing demand, the port’s capacities at berths no. 8, 9.3 and 9.4 have reached their limit. For this reason, construction work to complete berth no. 9.1 was begun in October 2017. The berth was inaugurated by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxon Minister for Trade, Labour, Transport and Digitalization, and NPorts on 25 May 2018. Apart from NPorts, the Berth no. 9.1 Working Group, which consisted of the businesses F + Z Baugesellschaft and Kurt Friedrich Spezialtiefbau GmbH, were part of the project.

“Eighty-six metres of berth including the concrete top structure now provide powerful port infrastructure for cargo operations. We are, therefore, able to cover the growing demand both now and in the future. The modernization of our ports is carefully orchestrated with specific goals in mind,” explained Holger Banik, managing director of Niedersachsen Ports. The project’s total cost was 3.5 million euros. The berth is usable for heavy loads; the water is 7.4 metres deep.

Further investments in infrastructure-projects at the port of Cuxhaven are also being planned and executed. A new RoRo-ramp, which is not tide-dependent, was opened at Hansakai in the Neuer Fischereihafen. The ramp is used for cargo operations that involve bulk cargo and the loading and discharging of large machines onto pontons and vessels.

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