Lower Saxon Minister President Weil visits Cuxhaven
An SPD Lower Saxon parliament delegation attends event regarding port development, offshore wind and Brexit
In the context of a closed meeting, a delegation of the Lower Saxon SPD parliamentary group, led by Minister President Stephan Weil and State Parliament Member Uwe Santjer, visited the port of Cuxhaven on 12 March. First, they visited the Offshore Safety Training Center in Cuxhaven and gathered information from managing director Rolf Fremgen. The guests were given a presentation regarding the safety requirements for employees in offshore wind parks and a demonstration regarding procedures to be followed in the event of a helicopter crash, as done in the context of the ‘Survival at Sea’ training course.
At the Cuxport terminal, the party members were able to absorb the new infrastructure situation at berth no. 4, which is already fully in use and currently handling extra volume triggered by Brexit. Accordingly, the two managing directors of Cuxport, Michael de Reese and Hans-Peter Zint (also HWG chairman) reported on the preparatory measures relating to Brexit such as new IT applications and employee trainings. Hans-Peter Zint spoke about the opportunities presented by the exit of the United Kingdom for Cuxhaven, for example if the channel ports become saturated due to the necessary customs formalities. “Cuxhaven is ready and can, if necessary, handle redirected cargoes.”
During the subsequent bus tour through the port, Cuxport showed the guests future development plans. Between berths no. 4 and no. 8, the state-owned company Niedersachsen Ports will build out three further berths and develop the areas behind it, which are directly accessible, for cargo operations. “The precondition for stable and future-ready port operations in all of Lower Saxony is the continuous, appropriate financing of state-owned port operator Niedersachsen Ports amounting to at least 40 million euros per year. This visit has given us the opportunity to express to the State Parliament members that a stable, reliable political framework is necessary not just for this, but also for the expansion of offshore wind energy,” added de Reese.
To conclude the port visit, a tour of the Offshore Base took place, where the party members were given the chance to watch the loading of ready-to-go offshore wind turbines onto the specialized vessel ‘Rotra Vente’ via Ro/Ro procedures.