Key Industries

Hubs for Specialty Cargoes

The scope of cargoes handled within the Seaports of Niedersachsen is highly diverse. In addition to port facilities for all-round transshipment and cargo handling, all locations have their individual specialty sectors, on which they focus. With all the necessary specialty handling equipment and matching services.

Examples of these key industries with growing markets are the energy sector, with on and offshore wind power, LNG, biomass and coal, the transshipment of motor vehicles and agricultural products, plus the handling of iron and steel.

With their diversified structure, the Seaports of Niedersachsen are ideally equipped to handle future challenges. Niedersachsen Ports’ strategic goal is to preserve this diversity within the port system and to continue to develop the existing key industries as demand requires.


The energy sector has always been a focal point of the Ports of Niedersachsen. The great approach from the open sea and very deep drafts make Wilhelmshaven the ideal spot for the transshipment of the fossil fuels coal and crude oil. This seaport is Germany's largest energy hub. 

Ever since Niedersachsen Ports expanded the port infrastructure at the Niedersachsenbrücke jetty in Wilhelmshaven, the largest coal vessels with a draft of up to 20 meters can now be handled there. In Germany, this is the only place, where this is possible. The operator of the Niedersachsenbrücke, the company Rhenus Midgard, has revitalized and expanded the superstructure by adding cranes, conveyor belts a dry bulk storage facility with an annual capacity of eight million metric tons.

And we made sure that renewable energy too gets its infrastructure, and we will continue to expand it as demand warrants. A good example is the expansion of the offshore base in Cuxhaven that caters to the wind energy sector. Aside from the transshipment of wind turbines and components, our ports are a fixture for vessels calling the ports to serve the operation and supply needs of the wind farms at sea. Dong Energy has chosen Norddeich as its operational headquarters for the German Bight, other wind farms are serviced and supplied through Emden and Wilhelmshaven.  And both Emden and Brake continue to offer great prerequisites for the transshipment and handling for the onshore wind energy sector.


With 1.3 million transshipped cars annually, the Seaport of Emden is the third largest automobile handling facility in Europe. The Volkswagen Group is planning to make Emden their central vehicle transshipment hub. For this purpose, Niedersachsen Ports will continue to expand their port structure as needed. We have currently completed a pile mooring berth for car transport feeder vessels. The planning for another large ship berth, where car transporters can dock, is underway. And even in Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen Ports has made adjustments to the infrastructure, by adding a new pile mooring berth, which will accommodate larger vessels.

Agricultural Products

With a total of 4.3 million metric tons of handled cargo in 2014, the Port of Brake is a prominent transshipment spot for grain and feedstock in the northwestern part of Germany. The local terminal operator, J. Müller, was able to significantly increase their grain silo capacities. Niedersachsen Ports is going to follow suit and will expand and modify the port infrastructure accordingly to accommodate a second large berth for the handling of grain and feedstock.

Iron and Steel

For the handling of iron and steel, Niedersachsen Ports constructed two berths, which can accommodate large vessels. This will allow the handling of growing quantities. 

With an annual cargo turnover of more than 1.4 million vehicles, the Port of Emden is Europe's third largest automobile transshipment port. In order to handle the forecasted growth in volume for years to come, Niedersachsen Ports - together with the port business community and Volkswagen Konzernlogistik - initiated the construction of an additional berth. Its completion was celebrated with the official opening ceremony of the pile mooring berth, designed for vessels loading and unloading through their stern flap and ramp, at the new Emspier location on 12/21/2015. The planning for yet another large vessel berth commenced some time ago and is well underway. Niedersachsen Ports proved to be a motivated and accommodating partner for the customers of the Port of Emden.

Jörg Tuitjer (Operative Leitung, EVAG Emder Verkehrs und Automotive Gesellschaft mbH) | Manfred de Vries (Leiter Automobilumschlag Versand und Häfen, Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG)
Foto: Michael Neuhaus

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