Hans-Gerd Janssen enters into retirement amidst festivities

New management for the NPorts office in Cuxhaven

f.l.t.r.: Holger Banik, Spokesperson of the management board of Niedersachsen Ports; Hans-Gerd Janssen, former branch manager of Niedersachsen Ports in Cuxhaven; Knut Kokkelink, branch manager of Niedersachsen Ports in Cuxhaven; Folker Kielgast, technical managing director of Niedersachsen Ports (copyright: Andreas Burmann / NPorts)

The board member of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) and Cuxhaven branch manager of Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts), Hans-Gerd Janssen, entered into retirement on 26 February 2019 after 33 years of loyal service. The Lord Mayor of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, as well as Enak Ferlemann, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, were present at the festivities to celebrate Janssen’s long-standing career at NPorts. After a two-month transitional period, certified engineer Knut Kokkelink will be assuming the responsibilities of the Cuxhaven branch manager.

During the send-off, Holger Banik, managing director of NPorts, thanked Hans-Gerd Janssen for his service: “You have treated people, tasks and challenges with steady prudence and determination. You were not afraid to tackle difficult tasks and to make the necessary decisions.”

The now-former branch manager started off in 1985 by working for the ports of Lower Saxony at the Lower Saxony Port Office in Emden, which is now the Emden branch of Niedersachsen Ports. Here, he worked as a business branch manager for new construction measures in the fields of port construction and maintenance. In 1991, he relocated to Cuxhaven, where after only four years he assumed the great responsibility of being the office manager of what was then the Elbe Port Office with jurisdiction over the ports of Cuxhaven and Stade. Under his leadership, inter alia, berths no. 1 through 4 as well as 8 through 9.5 were built in Cuxhaven. At the conclusion of his career, furthermore, the application documents for the planning approval procedure for berths no. 5 through 7 in Cuxhaven were filed. Hans-Gerd Janssen’s work made a significant contribution toward the seaport being a nexus for European short sea traffic and, moreover, for offshore wind energy along the North German coast.

“Hans-Gerd Janssen always was fully engaged on behalf of the port of Cuxhaven and pushed its development ahead. Working together with him, and also together with NPorts, was always constructive, positive and marked by significant successes. We look forward to cooperating in the future with Knut Kokkelink and wish Hans-Gerd Janssen all the best for an active retirement and always a ‘hand’s breadth of water under the keel’,” said HWG chairman Hans-Peter Zint on the occasion of the send-off festivities.

Now Knut Kokkelink is taking over the management of the Cuxhaven branch of NPorts. The engineer has been in charge of the technical division in Cuxhaven and Stade since 2017 where, amongst other things, he was responsible for new construction projects, including the Offshore Base in Cuxhaven, the Ro/Ro terminal at the Steubenhoeft (the pier for the England passenger ferry) and berth no. 4.

The new cuxhaven branch manager of NPorts: Knut Kokkelink (Copyright: NPorts)

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