Cuxport is base port for new German windfarm

The terminal is supporting Van Oord with the storage and transhipment of monopiles for Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht windfarm Photo: Cuxport The terminal is supporting Van Oord with the storage and transhipment of monopiles for Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht windfarm Photo: Cuxport

Even before it has been officially opened, berth no. 4 at the Cuxport Terminal in Cuxhaven is already at work on its first offshore project.

The new heavy-lift berth with a total capacity of 8.5 hectares of space is supporting Van Oord with the storage and transhipment of monopiles and transition pieces for Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht windfarm, currently under construction in the North Sea.

“By using the ship’s own cranes, it’s possible to complete the project without any shore crane. The fact that this new berth is being used for this project so soon after its completion shows how essential it is,” said Roland Schneider, head of business development at Cuxport.

Work underway

31 transition pieces for the windfarm have already been supplied to Cuxhaven from Spain on board the Happy Star heavy-lift vessel.

The segments, which weigh more than 300 tonnes each, have been lifted onto the quay at berth no. 4 by the ship’s own crane and are currently being stored there in their installation sequence.

Soon they will be loaded-out by jack-up barge from the terminal to begin their journey from Cuxhaven to the offshore construction site.

The Deutsche Bucht windfarm is Canadian power producer Northland Power’s third North Sea offshore wind project.

It is 77 kilometres from Northland’s other German offshore wind project known as Nordsee One – and Cuxhaven served as the base port for this, too.

When completed, the Deutsche Bucht windfarm will have a total of 33 wind turbines, 31 on monopiles and two on so-called Mono Bucket foundations.

It is the first time this new type of foundation structure will be tested under commercial operating conditions.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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