Eemshaven opens offshore terminal

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The Blue Orange Terminal in Eemshaven is a new logistics hub for offshore wind farms in the North Sea. In the middle of June, the Buss Group officially opened their new terminal at the Dutch port with 200 guests. The Dutch are thrilled by the Germans' commitment.

Eemshaven on the Dollart has finally awakened from its deep slumber. After having resembled a sandy desert for a long time, the Dutch port will now play an important role due to its close proximity to German wind farm projects. In addition to the wind farms Borkum West 2 and Global Tec 1, Eemshaven is also the base camp for the construction phase of Bard Offshore 1.

The port was inaugurated in 1973 by the Dutch Queen at that time – with three local companies and high expectations. "Then came the oil crisis and it stayed at three companies until 1995," recalls Harm Post, Director of Groningen Seaports. "The turning point didn't come until 2011. At that time we decided to focus more on energy. I am proud that the Buss Group made an important and right decision," says Post.

Heinrich Ahlers, Chairman of the Board of Buss Port Logistics is also quite satisfied. The company has invested around € 10 million in the terminal and special vehicles since 2011. Approximately 222,000 m² and almost 700 m quayside are now available. "It is possible to do without subsidies. When there was a problem, the Mayor or other authorities immediately started working on a solution. This enabled us to complete the terminal with all approvals in just two years," he says.

The logistics company has leased the grounds for 50 years and has already found its first customers. Areva Wind, for example, is storing the components for 40 M5000 wind energy plants here, which are for the Borkum West 2 wind farm. The parts come from Germany and will be pre-assembled in Eemshaven, before they are loaded onto ships. "The close proximity to the projects saves time for the expensive installation vessels when they pick up components. Distance is an important factor," explains Ahlers. The deep water port, which does not have obstructive floodgates, will not only benefit from this advantage during construction. "We are already planning for service and maintenance," promises Port Director Post. The expansion of the railway infrastructure for Eemshaven is also in progress.

Torsten Thomas

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