New Berth No. 4’s First Offshore Project
Cuxport supports the Deutsche Bucht wind farm as an installation port
Even prior to its official launch, berth no. 4 at Cuxport’s terminal in Cuxhaven was the setting for its first offshore project. Cuxport is supporting Dutch company Van Oord in its capacity as a heavy lift terminal with a total of 8.5 hectares of area for the storage and transshipment of monopiles and transition pieces designated for the new Northland Power Deutsche Bucht wind farm. The wind farm is the third project of Canadian utility company Northland Power and is currently being built in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Sea.
The wind farm requires 31 transition pieces to be stored at berth no. 4 in their respective sequence of installation. The segments, which weigh 300 tons, were previously delivered by heavy lift ship from Spain to Cuxhaven and were lifted onto the pier subsequently by ships gear. Additionally, 31 monopiles were transported from Rostock by barge to Cuxhaven. In Cuxhaven, they were directly lifted from the barge onto the jack-up ship and then transported together with the transition pieces to the offshore construction zone.
“By deploying shipside gear, the project can be carried out entirely without a landside crane. The use of the new berth for this project so quickly after its completion clearly shows its necessity for the market and the port,” said Roland Schneider, head of business development at Cuxport.