(ADPnews) - Dec 15, 2010 - German ports will invest significant funds in the development of maritime offshore infrastructure and facilities, Klaus Heitmann, CEO of the Federal Association of German Seaport Operators, said at the round table "Maritime Offshore-Infrastruktur" in Cuxhaven last Friday.
It is mainly the construction of offshore wind farms in the North and the Baltic Sea that triggers the expansion of the ports.
An offshore basis port, consisting of two terminals, a heavy-lift crane and other equipment, began operations in March 2009 in Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony. Further expansion plans include some EUR 330 million (USD 442.1m) of public and private investment in facilities by 2012.
The port in Bremerhaven started preparations for the development of the offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost 1 last summer. The offshore terminal, which is currently being planned, is scheduled for completion in 2014 and has attracted investment funds of EUR 240 million.
Brunsbuettel port on the Elbe river in the state of Schleswig-Holstein foresees the construction of an offshore multipurpose pier, valued at some EUR 50 million.