28th Lower Saxony Port Festival
Ports in Lower Saxony are developing strongly
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.