Inauguration of Berth No. 4
Cuxport Terminal extension increases RoRo and heavy lift capacity
On 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.”