The capacities of the Europakai (Europe Quay) in Cuxhaven, which is utilized as an all-purpose pier, are nearly exhausted. To avoid waiting times in the processing of ships, Niedersachsen Ports is planning the extension of this quay. This will result in the creation of Berth 4, with a length of 290 meters and will include a heavy load platform. The quay is designed for vessels with a draft of max. 17.30 meters. The quay's construction will also open up surface areas with a total size of about eight hectares for cargo handling operation. Due to the expected usage for offshore, heavy lift and project cargoes, the quays and cargo handling areas will be designed to handle heavy load stress.