berths no. 5-7

  • Lower Saxon Minister President Weil visits Cuxhaven

    An SPD Lower Saxon parliament delegation attends event regarding port development, offshore wind and Brexit

    SPD parliamentary delegation and Cuxport representatives on the viewing platform at the Cuxport terminal. Copyright: Cuxport GmbH

    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.

  • 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)

  • Progress in Closing Berth Gaps in Cuxhaven

    NPorts starts official plan approval procedure for berths no. 5-7

    Animation der Liegeplätze 5-7. Copyright: Niedersachsen Ports

    Between the Cuxport terminal and the Offshore Base in Cuxhaven, three further berths are set to be built in the future. The preparations for this have now been taken a step further with port operator Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) handing in the official documents for the plan approval procedure to the responsible government authority. The next step is the planning and zoning determination procedure.

    Even today, berths no. 1 through 3 in Cuxhaven are fully utilized. For September 2019, it is anticipated that berth no. 4, recently inaugurated, will also be used to its full capacity. For this reason, NPorts did not delay in preparing plans to close the gaps with berths no. 5-7. The overall length of the planned berths is 1,257 meters. Behind these, about 28 hectares are available as handling and storage area. Once the gap is finally closed, the overall contiguous length of the quay wall from berth no. 1 to berth no. 9, will measure 3.6 kilometers.

    NPorts managing director Holger Banik praised the developer’s progress: “The team in Cuxhaven has performed very well during this tough phase and has really pushed forward on closing the gap.” First, NPorts obtained various expert opinions, including a simulation survey regarding ship maneuvers and a geological survey to assess the ground’s ability to sustain the quay construction. Even the influence of the construction on the environment was taken into account – an environmental impact report, a landscape survey and accompanying plan and an ornithological survey have been compiled. As an environmental compensatory measure for the construction, NPorts has already acquired 65 hectares of land.

    All documentation has now been provided to the Lower Saxony State Authority for Maritime Economy and Coastal and Natural Protection at the Lüneburg office for the purpose of carrying out the completeness assessment. Right now, the port operator assumes that the so-called planning approval will be issued within the next two years. Then, a Europe-wide bidding procedure for the operation of the terminal and a European Union notification procedure will be carried out, after which the construction may commence.