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.