environmental protection

  • Less noise and air pollution at the port

    Cuxhaven offers new shoreside electrical power supply station for freight-ships

    copyright: Andreas Burmann/NPorts

    It’s a first among the five Lower Saxon seaports of port operator Niedersachsen Ports (Nports): Cuxhaven now offers shoreside electrical power supply station for freight-ships. This will reduce air pollution, noise and carbon dioxide production. The new system was inaugurated by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxon Minister for Trade, Labour, Transport and Digitalization. The facilities include a converter station and an eight metres high access point. It was built these past months in collaboration with EWE Netz and Siemens at the offshore port.

    “The seaports in Lower Saxony, especially Cuxhaven, reaffirm their leading position by inaugurating today’s shoreside electrical power supply system. In addition to innovating in wind turbines, Cuxhaven now also gives transport vessels the opportunity to be supplied with cleaner power,” Althusmann said at the commissioning ceremony.

    “We are aiming to continuously improve Cuxhaven in terms of technology and sustainability. Adding the shoreside electrical power supply station has been an important further step in this direction,” added Hans-Peter Zint, chairman of Cuxhaven Port Association.

    Even if ships, by comparison, are a fairly environmentally friendly transport mode given their large tonnages relative to their energy consumption, they do produce, in absolute terms, significant emissions. During her stay at a port, a ship, in order to function properly, will consume approximately as much energy as hundreds of households. The new shoreside power supply station at the port of Cuxhaven means that ships now do not have to use their onboard power generators, which run on diesel or heavy fuel oil. To this end, the shoreside electrical power supply station will use transformers and a converter to transform public AC-power (400 V/50 Hz) into power usable on the ship (440 V/60 Hz). The power cables, measuring approximately four inches in diameter, are safely connected to the vessel via the eight metres high access towers. The system conforms to international technical standards and works with all common ship systems.

    “Ports must do their part for the sake of environmental and climate protection. They must find the best possible solution so that they can be both as efficient as possible and, at the same time, reduce air and noise pollution to the maximum possible extent,” explained Holger Banik, managing director of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG.


  • Environmental Compensatory Zone for Berth No. 4 shows Positive Developments

    Niedersachsen Ports presents an environmental conservation project

    v.l.n.r.: Hans-Gerd Janssen, Niederlassungsleiter Cuxhaven, Alexandra Brandt, NPorts Projektleiterin, Holger Banik, Geschäftsführer NPorts, Knut Kokkelink, NPorts Abteilungsleiter; Copyright: NPortsSince its completion in 2017, the compensatory zone created by Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) for the construction of berth no. 4 in Cuxhaven has developed well. Together with a specialized partner, the HWG member has established an approximately 30 hectare large conservation project near Hemmoor, which is situated roughly 30 kilometers inland from Cuxhaven.

    During the roughly two year project, the intensively used forestry zone, which did not offer much of an ecosystem for flora and fauna, has been converted into an area of marshes and wetlands. For this purpose, e.g., five large shallow water areas were built and so called ditches were installed for drainage. In the coming years, NPorts will continue to support this zone.

    “It is important that we take responsibility for our construction measures and contribute to natural conservation. It is a great success that one year after the end of this project, there has been so much progress,” said Kurt Kokkelink, Technical Department Director at Niedersachsen Ports in Stade and Cuxhaven.

    Meanwhile, according to the regional infrastructure working group Struktur- und Umweltforschung GmbH (ARSU), 50 different bird species have settled in the zone. To this end, 32 bird breeds were verified by way of a breed certification or, as it may be, a breed assessment. This includes some endangered species. Other species, like amphibians or insects, have also settled in the zone.

    "In total, NPorts owns 3,528 hectares of land. Of this, 875 hectares are dedicated to conservation. This is how we can create and ensure a sustainable future for our ports,” said Holger Banik, General Manager of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and of JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG.






  • Grant awardees visit Cuxhaven

    HWG member Cuxport hosts lecture on offshore energy and environmental protection

    Copyright: Cuxport GmbHEarly August, 35 grant awardees of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung from diverse European universities and institutions of higher learning visited the North Sea coast. In Otterndorf, near Cuxhaven, a block seminar regarding the topic of the Wadden Sea – UNESCO World Heritage Site in the North of Germany illustrated the opportunities and challenges for the Wadden Sea and the region.

    In addition to lectures, discussions and excursions, there were also discussions with high-ranking guests such as the former Minister President of Lower Saxony, current delegate to the European Parliament and former Konrad Adenauer Stiftung grant awardee David McAllister, along with Dr. Ulrich Getsch, Lord Mayor of Cuxhaven. Part of the visit, in addition to a tour of the Wadden Sea with a susbequent microscoping event, included a visit at HWG member Cuxport, who also provided a harbour tour. Cuxport general manager Michael de Reese gave a lecture in which he described the opportunities for offshore wind energy for the northwestern economic region. He also discussed Cuxhavenäs position relative to other global ports. In this context, the importance of Cuxhaven’s role as the German Offshore Industry Center was also emphasized, which has allowed Cuxhaven to gain stature in the industry in recent years.

    “Cuxhaven is not only important for the logistics and wind energy sectors. It also offers benefits and unique selling points and opportunities for the future of the next generation, and it is very important for us to communicate these. We were delighted to provide insights in this manner to the students regarding the port of Cuxhaven,” Michael de Reese subsequently said.

    Theresa Gröninger, a grant awardee and organizer of the seminar, summarized the seminar in Cuxhaven in the following manner: “We want to show the other grant awardees a piece of Northern Germany and the participants were excited to see that, in particular, the region around Cuxhaven is going through a revolutionary period. Mr de Reese is very engaged with Cuxport and is prompting economic change; he is very in tune with the rhythm of the times!“