Port Business

  • Cuxhaven hosts the Maritime Working Group of the ECG

    Cuxhaven hosts the Maritime Working Group of the ECG

    HWG members as well as representatives of shipping companies, ports and the automotive industry discuss the future of automotive logistics

    Participants of the ECG’s maritime working group at the Cuxport terminal. copyright: Cuxport GmbH.Cuxhaven, 5 March 2018 - For the second time, Cuxhaven was the host city for the Maritime & Ports Working Group of ECG, the European Association for Vehicle Logistics, at the beginning of March. The main topics of the meeting were the relationship between shipping companies, ports, terminal operators and logistics service providers and the role of the ECG as well as the ongoing digitalisation of the supply chain.

    The working group is primarily concerned with issues of importance to stakeholders in the sector, including shipping companies, European port and terminal operators, road and rail vehicle logistics service providers, manufacturers and organisations. The HWG members Cuxport, DFDS Germany and BLG Automobile Logistics were co-sponsors of the event. In addition to the meeting, a supporting programme offered visitors an opportunity to network with the port industry in Cuxhaven. During a bus tour, the facilities and current developments in the port were also presented.

    "As on our previous visit, we have been extremely well welcomed by our hosts in Cuxhaven. It is impressive to see the developments and investments that have been carried out to increase the port facilities for the benefit of our customers and the industry in general. Good infrastructure and efficient management are the only methods to secure and develop the business in this highly competitive market," as Marcos Duato Mollera, President of ECG's Maritime & Ports Working Group, described the visit.

    Particularly interesting for the 40-member delegation was the presentation of Cuxport berth no. 4, which will soon be operational, as well as other port and terminal expansion areas. Another highlight was the presentation on the digitalisation of logistics processes in ports by Mark Scheerlinck of Logit One, who co-developed a digital booking platform for the port of Antwerp.

    Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics at Cuxport, summarized: "As a member of the ECG working group, we have been supporting the exchange of ideas in the industry for seven years now. With the digitisation of supply chains and logistics processes, a future-oriented topic that we are very much concerned with, was once again addressed. In addition, we were able to present the developments since the last visit in 2014, including the new capacity for RoRo transhipment at our berth no.4."

     

    About HWG

    The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) represents the interests of Cuxhaven’s maritime companies, institutions and private individuals united by the common goal of marketing and further developing the port at the mouth of the river Elbe. The HWG also promotes Cuxhaven’s standing as the most important port site for offshore wind energy in Germany.

     

    Press contact details for Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
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    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
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  • Cuxhaven prepares for Brexit

    Cuxhaven prepares for Brexit

    Cuxhaven companies and their customers discuss solution strategies with representatives from government and administration

    (f.l.t.r.) Kai-Uwe Bielefeld, district administrator of the district of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, Lord Mayor of Cuxhaven, Sir Sebastian Wood, British Ambassador to Germany, Rachel King, EU & Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy, Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association, and David McAllister, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. Picture source: Thomas Sassen/Cuxhavener Nachrichten.Berlin/Cuxhaven, 16 October 2018 - As a major port for traffic to the United Kingdom (UK) as well as for the international fishing industry, Cuxhaven is expected to be strongly affected by the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. For this reason, the Cuxhaven Port Association (Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven) hosted a parliamentary evening in Berlin on Monday, 15 October 2018. The aim was to intensify preparations for the changes that will take place on 29 March 2019, together with representatives from government, administration and the business community.

    According to the British government, around 90 percent of the withdrawal agreement from the European Union have been finalised, roughly half a year before the official date. Great Britain is the fifth most important trading partner for the German economy, so imports and exports would be considerably impaired by the introduction of customs clearance procedures. At the port of Cuxhaven, which handles more than six departures a week to English ports, around 70 to 80 percent of traffic would be affected by these changes.

    Like many companies and organisations, the Cuxhaven business community has already been dealing with the possible effects of the Brexit in the long term. Among other things, the processes required for customs clearance were developed in consultation with shipping companies, terminal operators, freight forwarders, shippers and customs. The employees of the companies are prepared for new requirements through training and special qualifications. New IT systems for terminal management and electronic interfaces to customs systems are also being introduced.

    Challenges for local companies

    At CuxDay, HWG-Chairman Hans-Peter Zint confirmed that, like many German companies, the port industry in Cuxhaven is preparing for a "chaotic Brexit". "We are currently assuming the worst case scenario and preparing our processes and transports for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU customs union and the internal market without an agreement. Nevertheless, we want to do everything we can to ensure that this does not happen. The United Kingdom is and will remain an important trading partner for Cuxhaven. Today we have achieved our goal of creating an understanding of Cuxhaven's special situation among politicians and the administration in order to develop common solutions. Cuxhaven will be Brexit-ready on 29 March 2019 and will therefore continue to be a reliable partner for fast supply chains to and from England."

    In his speech to around 100 guests, Kell Robdrup, Senior Vice President of the shipping company DFDS A/S, also adressed the company's preparations: "In order to be ready for the challenges that Brexit will pose to DFDS and our customers, DFDS is striving to ensure a smooth transition to new customs and government requirements for trade and immigration from 29 March 2019. These include new business offerings such as customs clearance itself, storage of cargo and the provision of warehouses for industrial customers in order to build stock to ensure smooth delivery to their customers. DFDS is in the process of building the expertise and finding the space needed for this at our terminals."

    On the customer side, Stephan Freismuth, Customs Manager at BMW Group, addressed the urgency of the required processes: "For the BMW Group, the United Kingdom is not only our fourth-largest sales market, but the vehicles and vehicle parts we produce there are also predominantly exported to the continent. Therefore we believe the timely adaptation of customs and logistics processes is essential if business continuity between the UK and the EU is to be maintained."

    EU summit to bring clarity

    The speakers included representatives of the business community as well as representatives of the ministries. Dr. Rolf Bösinger, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, gave an insight into the preparations of the Federal Government: "The customs administration will not take on any new tasks post-Brexit, but the scope of familiar tasks will increase. For this reason, the proper performance of tasks will be expanded in line with demand, especially at the major international seaports and airports, such as Cuxhaven, particularly in the area of customs clearance. The draft budget for 2019 provides for a considerable number of additional posts for customs." He also called on all affected companies to make use of existing information services such as www.zoll.de and to review the necessary preparatory measures.

    British Ambassador Sir Sebastian Wood welcomed the guests to the event: “We have a crucial week ahead of us with the October European Council just a few days away. The time has come for compromise –all sides must now find the necessary political will to design a new relationship which does justice to our uniquely close ties and to our shared European values. The UK and Europe are bound by centuries of shared history which stretch far beyond the existence of the EU. We stand for the same values and interests in global affairs. Our security is inextricably linked, as is our prosperity. The day the UK leaves the EU it will become a trading partner to the EU on the scale of the US and China.”

    David McAllister, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, emphasised the importance of the agreement for the port location: "Cuxhaven will be particularly affected by Brexit as a port and fishing location. Everything must be done to ensure that the access rights and fishing quotas of the German fishing industry are maintained. Only if an agreement is reached now will there be a 21-month transitional period during which both sides can negotiate a future trade agreement and cooperation on fisheries policy. The summit meeting of EU leaders in Brussels this week will be crucial. There must be clear progress. Time is of the essence!"

    On 17 and 18 October, the leaders of the 27 EU member states will meet in Brussels to discuss the current state of negotiations with the UK and the deepening of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

     

    About HWG

    The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) represents the interests of Cuxhaven’s maritime companies, institutions and private individuals united by the common goal of marketing and further developing the port at the mouth of the river Elbe. The HWG also promotes Cuxhaven’s standing as the most important port site for offshore wind energy in Germany. Current news about the HWG can be found on the Homepage, on LinkedIn and Twitter.

     

    Press contact details for Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Gwendolyn Dünner
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Phone +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
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  • Cuxhaven: HWG members elect board of directors

    Cuxhaven: HWG members elect board of directors

    Hans-Peter Zint and Arne Ehlers confirmed in office for another two years

    Copyright Thomas SassenCuxhaven, 26 April 2018 - At the 45th general meeting of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) on 17 April 2018 at Donner's Hotel, the 17-member board of directors was confirmed in office for the next two years. 43 members of the association, which represents the interests of companies around the port of Cuxhaven, attended the meeting.

    The only change in the board is the addition of Thomas Lemke, Managing Director of Boots- und Schiffswerft Cuxhaven. In addition, Marcus Braue replaces the resigned Ortolf Barth in representing DFDS within the board.

    Chairman of the board Hans-Peter Zint thanked the attending members for the renewed confidence: "In 2017, we were able to address our target groups and markets and to position the topics that are important to our port via our successful port breakfast format, active participation in Seaports of Niedersachsen's ‘port meets hinterland’ series of events and last but not least our CuxDay in Hamburg. This year we will again focus on the further development as well as on the challenges and opportunities for the Port of Cuxhaven".

    Arne Ehlers, Vice Chairman, added: "The further development of Cuxhaven’s ‘German Offshore Industry Centre’, the HWG's commitment to promoting young talent in port logistics and the electrification of railway lines to and from Cuxhaven are only some of the priorities we have set ourselves for 2018. We are confident that together and in cooperation with the city of Cuxhaven, state port operator Niedersachsen Ports, and other relevant authorities and politicians, we can continue to achieve positive results."

     

    About HWG

    The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) represents the interests of Cuxhaven’s maritime companies, institutions and private individuals united by the common goal of marketing and further developing the port at the mouth of the river Elbe. The HWG also promotes Cuxhaven’s standing as the most important port site for offshore wind energy in Germany. Current news about the HWG can be found on the Homepage, on LinkedIn and Twitter.

     

    Press contact details for Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Gwendolyn Dünner
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Phone +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
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  • HWG member companies present themselves at the "fish international" in Bremen

    Prospects for the Cuxhaven fishing industry

    HWG member companies present themselves at the "fish international" in Bremen

    The Cuxhaven stand at the last fish international in 2016. Copyrigth: Thomas SassenCuxhaven, 26 February 2018 - On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the most important trade fair for the fish industry, companies from the Cuxhaven fishing location will again be presenting their products and services on site. In addition to the sponsors, the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) and Seaports of Niedersachsen, 14 companies and institutions will be represented at the joint stand 5E39 in hall 5, showing a cross-section of the fishing industry.

    For example, the HWG member Kutterfisch-Zentrale presents its recently received Naturland certificate for sustainably fished saithe and informs interested parties about the two new cutters, which are currently being built in Spain and are particularly environment-friendly due to their engines with catalytic converters.

    Founded in 1988, the exhibition for fish processors and traders, canteens, caterers and food retailers first started with 100 exhibitors. In 2018, 312 exhibitors will be present, around 40 percent of them from abroad. The number of visitors also increases with each biannual exhibition. In 2016, 11,732 visitors were registered, and the trade fair expects a similar level of interest this year.

    "The 'fish international' is a must for us - it is the only German trade fair for the fishing industry," confirms Jens Lühmann, organizer of the Cuxhaven stand and Managing Director of Spedition Lühmann GmbH & Co. KG. "In Cuxhaven our customers can find a wide range of services, from fishing, processing, packaging and storage to delivery, laboratory and sales. At the trade fair, we offer them the opportunity for face-to-face talks and initial contact." With a joint stand, he explains, the frequency of visitors is higher than at a separate stand, as visitors find many different contact persons in one place.

    On a gross area of 10,680 square metres in halls 5 and 6 of Messe Bremen, the latest innovations can also be seen - not only in the culinary sector. In the aquaculture exhibition area, exhibitors showcase everything from a to z for fish farming and production in recirculation systems. In a corresponding aquaculture workshop, best-practice examples on the topics of recirculation systems, salmonids, shrimps and animal welfare will be presented.

     

    About HWG

    The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) represents the interests of Cuxhaven’s maritime companies, institutions and private individuals united by the common goal of marketing and further developing the port at the mouth of the river Elbe. The HWG also promotes Cuxhaven’s standing as the most important port site for offshore wind energy in Germany.

     

    Press contact details for Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V.
    Gwendolyn Dünner
    Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
    Im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
    Reinhardtstr. 55
    10117 Berlin
    Phone +49 (30) 20 61 41 30 41
    Fax +49 (30)-30 87 29 95
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