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Multipurpose deep water port

Maritime industry & logistics

Thanks to its advantageous position at the confluence of traffic from the North and Baltic Seas, Cuxhaven's maritime industry has always been of great importance. And the location has become even better adapted to this purpose, owing to wharf investments and expanding infrastructure.

A goods interchange in Northern Europe

Wharfs with a depth of 15.8m, i.e. with water deep enough for seagoing vessels – situated directly at the mouth of the Elbe and opposite the Kiel Canal – means that our deep-water ports have become a prosperous site of maritime industry. With transport connections for seagoing vessels, inland vessels, freight trains, lorries and air cargo routes, Cuxhaven is a crucial logistics interchange for short sea shipping, freight services and heavy-duty traffic both to and from Great Britain, Scandinavia and the Baltic states.


Alongside the traditionally prosperous fishing port industry, the extent of goods handling in the Ro-Ro sector has been steadily increasing since the 80s. This means the Cuxhaven plays a crucial role in Germany in the handling of, for example, wood, paper, steel products, project cargo, cars and, importantly, fresh and frozen saltwater fish. Every year, more than 2 million tonnes worth of goods are handled across the handling and fitting wharfs with a combined length of 8,500 m and situated on waters for seagoing vessels such as ocean liners, general cargo and bulk goods ships, e.g. trawlers and loggers.
Frozen storage facilities, processing plants, multi-purpose terminals and Ro-Ro ramps (up to 350 t) support local logistics companies with all kinds of flexible transportation services, ranging from container and heavy-duty shipping to special cargo services.


Moreover, the DOIZ in Cuxhaven is becoming increasingly important for Europe as a whole, with this development underpinned by enormous investment in suitable wharf sites, unloading technology and infrastructure. Offshore terminals with heavy-duty platforms (up to 90 t/qm) and portal cranes (500 t) and more than 5 ha of heavy-duty-ready logistics space (25 t/qm) and heavy-duty-ready roads are specifically designed for the high tonnage of offshore industry. This also guarantees that efficient transportation solutions are in place.

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Dipl.-Wirtsch.Ing. Marc Itgen

Tel.: +49 (0) 4721 / 599-711
Mobil: +49 (0) 171 31 90 221

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Cuxhaven Offshore

With the excellent support of the state of Lower Saxony and the EU, we were able to create the infrastructure we require to build and ship offshore wind power terminals using all of the necessary elements. More than 600 million euros has been put into the infrastructure of Cuxhaven's offshore base, with funding from both private and public investors.

German Offshore-Industry-Center Cuxhaven (website in English)


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