Working Hand in Hand with Terminal Operators

Just how versatile and productive the Seaports of Niedersachsen are, becomes evident, when you look at recent projects. A good example: Through consistent expansion, we have developed the port location Cuxhaven into one of the leading offshore base ports in Europe. Today, this is a hub, where key logistical tasks for the construction of offshore wind farms are tackled.  Owing to the well-developed infrastructure and the available surface areas, the Siemens Group recently decided to establish a production facility for turbines at the Port of Cuxhaven.

Available areas and capacities in each port location make a continued expansion of the port facilities possible. This way, existing key industries are strengthened. And the expansions of the infrastructure and the superstructure go hand in hand: Niedersachsen Ports collaborates closely with each terminal operator.

Implementation of the Wind Farm Amrumbank West

The construction of the offshore wind farm Amrumbank West commenced in the fall of 2013 and was completed in the spring of 2015. E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH chose the Seaport of Cuxhaven as base port for the project. Niedersachsen Ports furnished berths and quays as needed. Terminal operator Cuxport GmbH took care of the transshipment of the foundation structures. In addition, the crucial parts of the foundation structures, consisting of a ram tube, the so-called mono pile, and the so-called transition piece were joined up in Cuxhaven. A total of 80 of these foundation structures were transshipped to the wind farm out of Cuxhaven.

Expansion Project in Brake for the Handling of Agricutural Products

Brake is considered one of the leading seaports in Europe, when it comes to the handling of agricultural products. As a result of the rapidly growing quantities, terminal operator J. Müller constructed an additional grain silo facility for the handling and storage of grain, feedstock and oil seeds on the South Pier location. 24 million Euros were invested in the AGRI Terminal. Since early 2014, this 47,000 metric ton silo has increased the total storage capacities to now 500,000 metric tons. In conjunction with this expansion, Niedersachsen Ports is restoring the bollard and fender facilities of the large ship berth on the South Pier, and is adding a second berth for large ships.

Pile Mooring Berth for Passenger Car Handling in Cuxhaven

The transshipment of automobiles is enjoying a great increase in quantities in Cuxhaven. In order to grow the capacities, Niedersachsen Ports is constructing in the Amerikahafen (America Port) a new pile mooring berth at the Brücke 3 (bridge3) llocation for around three million Euros. In this location, BLG AG is operating an automobile terminal on an area of roughly 137,000 square meters. There is sufficient floor space for the storage of a total of about 5,500 vehicles. Meanwhile, transshipments are carried out via a RoRo facility at the Brücke 3 (bridge3) location, until the pile mooring berth is completed. With the help of this new construction, larger car carrier vessels with a length of up to 160 meters and a breadth of up to 25 meters can henceforth be handled. The new berth comprises five bollard blocks and a 155 meter jetty.  For the transshipment of vehicles via the carriers' stern flap, an access way to the existing Brücke 3 (bridge 3) was constructed.  Furthermore, for loading and discharging of the vessels, a support for a quarter ramp was constructed. 

Niedersachsen Ports and J. Müller: a success story representing the present, but moreover the future of the Port of Brake.

Uwe Schiemann | J. Müller Agri + Breakbulk Terminals GmbH & Co. KG