Cuxhaven Ready For Heavy Offshore Wind Loads
Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics, Labour and Transport Olaf Lies has inaugurated a new berthing space and a new ramp at the port of Cuxhaven’s offshore terminal.
The port now offers 1,340 metres of berthing space at the offshore terminal with water depths of up to 11.6 metres. The new ramp, with a dimension of 115 x 55 meters, will allow for the heavy loads to be loaded directly onto RoRo ships.
“Lower Saxony is a pioneer in power generation in Germany. The German offshore industry center in Cuxhaven is already writing success stories and has boosted the offshore industry. Due to our clever and far-sighted investments in the port infrastructure, we have created optimal conditions for the industry in Cuxhaven in time,” said Minister Lies.
The expansion of the port’s offshore terminal was seen as a natural step after Siemens decided to build a wind turbine factory in Cuxhaven, and after a number offshore wind-related companies established their presence in the area.
The newly added berthing space, Berth 9.3, and the new ramp will be utilised for the transportation and load-out of 20 jacket foundations for DONG Energy’s Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm.
The first jackets are expected to arrive from Stettin, Poland, in October and the project is expected to be completed by March 2018.