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Senator Schilling visits Überseehafen Published on 29 October 2019

The western quay currently under construction at Kaiserhafen 3 will be completed next spring. bremenports Managing Director Robert Howe informed the Senator for Science and Ports, Dr Claudia Schilling, of the completion date during a visit to the construction site at Bremerhaven’s Überseehafen today (25 October 2019). “Now that we have overcome the problems that cropped up during execution, the construction work has now entered the final phase,” said Robert Howe.

Senator Schilling was highly enthusiastic about the port site. She was accompanied by an expert, Robert Howe (bremenports GmbH & Co. KG) (Photo: Wolfhard Scheer)

Over the last two years, the 500-metre long western quay was completely rebuilt. The next stage was to demolish and dispose of the old quay, which was built on wooden foundations. This project increased the width of the harbour basin by around seven metres. Senator Schilling said she was convinced that the new quay would generate new opportunities for the port as a whole and for Bremerhaven’s shipyards in particular. “Completion of the new quay has created the necessary conditions for exceptionally large vessels to reach Kaiserhafen through Kaiserschleuse lock.”

Visiting the port together: Senator Claudia Schilling and Robert Howe, Managing Director of bremenports GmbH & Co. KG, (Photo: Wolfhard Scheer)

During a subsequent trip around the port on board the service vessel “Möwe”, Senator Schilling inquired about the steps that had already been taken to change over the bremenports fleet to eco-friendly propulsion. Robert Howe informed her that the “greenports 1”, an LNG-powered hopper barge, was scheduled to go into service in spring 2020. The date had been delayed owing to problems caused by the insolvency of the shipyard responsible for construction of the vessel, but these problems had meanwhile been overcome. In addition to the construction of this new vessel, however, bremenports had already tested innovative ideas for its existing fleet: in a pilot project, one of the five older hopper barges, for example, was now running on synthetic gas which had significantly improved its emission figures.

At the start of her visit to the port, Senator Schilling also visited the old Columbus railway station. Over the long term, the empty building is to be replaced by a new one. Schilling commented: “With 260,000 passengers per annum, Bremerhaven has meanwhile evolved into an important cruise terminal. If we wish to strengthen this role, we have to make investments and improve the connections between the cruise terminal and the city centre.” The port management company is currently doing the groundwork for planning a new-build terminal.

Holger Bruns Press officer

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