Cuxhaven opens new offshore terminal

Monday, 22 October, 2012 - 14:45

On October 14th, Lower Saxony's Minister-President David McAllister opened the second offshore port terminal in Cuxhaven, northern Germany. With a construction period of two years and an investment volume of € 65 m, two additional berths were built on an area of around twelve hectares. The new Offshore Terminal 2 has already been in use since August: two jack-up ships have been handling the first components for the Meerwind Ost wind farm.

Cuxhaven port management company (Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft) is especially proud of berth nine, which is located at the eastern end of the port. With a total length of 736 m it has quay facilities that can be used both as a multi-purpose dock for the loading and unloading of cargo ships, pontoons and lifting platforms and as a berth for floating cranes and tugs. A heavy-duty road, which interconnects all the berths in Cuxhaven, allows for a barrier-free heavy-duty transport route from production site to quay. Large industrial and commercial areas are located directly behind the two offshore terminals.

Andreas Schmidt, Chairman of the executive board at the port management company, said: "By expanding Offshore Terminal 2, Cuxhaven now has a top position in Europe as a base port for North Sea offshore wind farms. The port facilities offer an excellent infrastructure for the settlement of new industrial companies and strengthen the position of companies already located in Cuxhaven that serve the offshore wind industry as service providers or suppliers."

Katharina Garus

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