Bremen port quay inaugurated
A new quay costing some €7.8 million has been inaugurated in the port of Bremen’s Industriehafen and officials hope it will help attract bigger ships, more cargo and new customers to the Weser handling centre, writes Tom Todd.
The new quay is at Terminal 2 in the Weser commercial port of Bremen Stadt, some 60 kms inland from the giant container handling sea port of Bremerhaven. Bremen and Bremerhaven together form the Ports of Bremen, Germany’s second biggest universal port complex after Hamburg further east .
The old quay was dismantled and the new 250m quay built next to Terminal 2 and three metres further inland. Officials said the changes had improved handling conditions and meant that ships up to PanMax size could now also berth there.
Last year Bremen and Bremerhaven together handled 73.1 million tons including 5.5 million containers as well as 2.3 million vehicles. All but a fraction of it - mainly breakbulk – is handled in Bremen and officials are keen to increase that.
Robert Howe, Managing Director of bremenports, the company which manages the infrastructure of Bremen Ports, said the Terminal 2 project and associated works had “significantly improved the conditions for shipping and thus also of the port concerns” in Bremen Stadt.
Howe also said that “The industrial port is a power house of the ports in Bremen. As a result of the building work ... bremenports can make a contribution towards ensuring that this part of the port area in Bremen is geared for the future.”
The improvements in the Industriehafen have taken three and a half years to complete and are part of a much more extensive expansion project. Hand in hand with the building of the new quay, the port basin at the site has been widened and the Industriehafen itself has been deepened by one metre. This has eliminated a longstanding bottlenech improving safety and minimising ship movements.
Heading the project was bremenports while Weserport, a joint venture of the Rhenus Group and ArcelorMittal Bremen, was responsible for adapting the suprastructure with rail tracks, reinforced surfacing and crane availability.
While ships with a maximum draught of 9.45 metres were able to dock at the Hüttenhafen in the past “it’s now possible to unload vessels with a draught of up to 10.50 metres, following the extension work, said Heiner Delicat, Managing Director of Weserport. “That corresponds to as much as 5,000 tonnes of additional cargo, depending on the size of the ship. It’s our goal to attract additional customers to the industrial port through the improved conditions”.
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