Senate finances offshore terminal in Bremerhaven

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 - 15:15

On 4 December, the Bremen Senate approved the funding for the Bremerhaven offshore terminal. The total cost will amount to € 180 million and will be funded from the budget over a period of five years. An investor model had previously failed.

At over € 75 million, Bremen will allocate the largest portion from the special harbour fund. Bremen does not want to borrow money to build the terminal, from which components for offshore wind farms are to be shipped. "In the past, loans were taken out for major investments in the port, which were outside of the budget. Shadow budgets like that are a thing of the past," said Karoline Linnert, Senator of Finance. Mayor Jens Böhrnsen (SPD) called the resolution the central infrastructure decision of this legislative period.

In addition, the Senate agreed on the funding for the harbour tunnel, which has a € 200 million price tag. Its purpose is to improve the connection between the container terminals and the motorway. Bremen will only pay a small portion of the costs: The state of Bremen is providing a little over € 29 million for design and construction. The federal government will be footing a much larger portion of the bill with € 120 million. Bremerhaven is contributing a further € 7 million, the port industry € 15 million. Construction of the 1,070 m long tunnel is scheduled to begin in spring 2013.

Katharina Garus

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