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Sustainable ports in Lower Saxony

OLDENBURG. At the annual press conference of the Lower Saxony seaports in late March, Seaports of Niedersachsen, the port marketing company, presented its cargo handling figures for 2022. Around 54 million tonnes were recorded for the seaports – Brake, Cuxhaven, Emden, Leer, Nordenham, Oldenburg, Papenburg, Stade and Wilhelmshaven – equivalent to a six per cent rise compared to 2021. Furthermore, roughly 117 million euros were invested in the ports in 2022, significantly more than in previous years. This figure was mainly due to the construction of the LNG terminals in Wilhelmshaven and Stade. At the press conference, Lower Saxony’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Transport, Olaf Lies, stated: “The ports play a central role in securing the energy supply for Germany as well as in the energy transition”. Focussing on digitalisation as a possible impetus for North German port cooperation, he said: “As far as container handling, in particular, is concerned, the handling of cars and agricultural products as well as the expansion of offshore wind farm capacities and securing the future supply of energy for Germany, Lower Saxony can incorporate the strengths of its ports due to their location in a closer cooperation among German ports.”

Credits: Andreas Burmann

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