The right quay. For every load

Different kinds of ports are needed for the construction, continuous supply and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Bremerhaven has long been closely linked to the logistics and maritime industries and can already provide the offshore wind industry with a variety of quays and terminals. The completion of the OTB offshore terminal, a state-of-the-art facility, will greatly enhance the city’s specialised port infrastructure.

Labradorhafen Labradorhafen
Offshore Terminal OTB (planned) Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB)
ABC-Halbinsel ABC-Halbinsel
Containerterminal 1 Containerterminal 1
1.132 Meter
7,6 Meter
100 *16 Meter
Bis zu 50to/m2
182 * 35 Meter
500 Meter
14,5 Meter
500 * 70 Meter
900 Meter
10,5 Meter
Geeignet für Lagerung
und Umschlag von
305 * 55 Meter
500 Meter
12,6 Meter
400*34 Meter

1. Labradorhafen

The public heavy-load handling facility at the Labradorhafen harbour provides local businesses on the eastern and western sides of the port basin with infrastructure that meets their needs.

The Labradorhafen heavy-load terminal

Operator: FBG Fischereihafen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH
Quay length: 1,132 metres with two to three berths
Jack-up: Directly in front of the heavy-load platform.
Heavy loads: Heavy-load platforms are 100 metres long by 16 metres wide, and 1,132 metres long by 15 metres wide (in some sections up to 60 metres wide), and can bear up to 70kN/m².
Water depth: 7.6 metres
Lock dimensions: 182 metres (length) and 35 metres (width)

2. Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven OTB

From good to perfect! In the Blexer Bogen bend of the river Weser in the south of the city, a new offshore terminal is being developed that will serve as a goods issue area for producers and suppliers in the south of Bremerhaven.

The new heavy-load terminal is an essential facility for directly connecting the Luneort industrial estate to water deep enough for seagoing ships, enabling vessels to avoid the present restrictions of water depth and width posed by locks.

The terminal is also essential for the development of the 250-hectare Luneplate industrial estate. The fundamental decision on financing construction of the OTB was taken at a meeting of the State of Bremen’s senate on 4 December 2012.

An added advantage of the new terminal is that it will bring down logistics costs, leading indirectly to a reduction in the cost of power generated by offshore wind.

Quay length: 1,132 metres
Berths: Two to three berths
Target water depth: 14.1 metres (not affected by the tide)
Jack-up: Two jack-up areas
Lock restrictions: None
Heavy loads: The heavy-load area is 500 metres long and 35 metres deep, and can bear up to 10 tonnes/m².
Terminal breadth: Maximum 498 metres
Total area: Approx. 25 hectares
Capacity: 160 turbines/per year

Plan approval: End of 2015
Construction begins: Early 2016
Completion: End of 2018

3. Offshore Terminal ABC Halbinsel

The BLG LOGISTICS GROUP/WindEnergy Logistics operates a terminal on the ABC-Halbinsel peninsula for shipping offshore wind turbines out to sea.

Alongside shipping berths, heavy loads such as foundations and large components for offshore wind turbines can be stored here together with equipment and replacement parts used for service and maintenance at sea.

A quay length of 900 metres and a basin depth of 10.5 metres enable the jacking up of construction ships. Ships access the area through the 305 x 55 metre Kaiserschleuse lock.

ABC-Halbinsel – BLG

Operator: BLG Logistics Solutions | WindEnergy
Logistics Area: 10 hectares
Quay length: Two berths
Jack-up: Directly in front of the heavy-load platform
Heavy loads: The heavy-load platform can bear up to 20 tonnes/m² and components can be handled weighing up to 1,000 tonnes.
Water depth: 10.5 to 11 metres
Lock dimensions: 305 metres (length) and 55 metres (width)
Technical equipment: Self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT), 3 x 12 axles; forklift trucks up to 52 tonnes; reach stackers up to 42 tonnes, available at short notice; mafi trailers (RORO tugmaster with gooseneck); mobile cranes for 30 to 400 tonnes. All equipment is available at short notice.
Services: Storage and handling of components for offshore wind turbines by highly qualified, experienced logistics personnel, (un)loading of ships and pontoons using rail vehicles, cranes, SPMTs and forklift trucks, quality-assurance measures, assembly assistance, container stuffing and handling.

4. Containerterminal 1

Europe’s fourth largest container terminal has been used since 2011 as a base port on a section of the RWE Innogy site for the construction of the Nordsee Ost 1 offshore wind farm. Some 17 hectares of terminal area with a directly adjacent quay, and office premises for around 50 employees, are available here.

Wind turbines of the Senvion SE 6-megawatt class, foundations, piles, tower sections and (three-blade) rotors are pre-assembled, loaded and transported from CT1 to the wind farm site approximately 35 kilometres north of Helgoland.

Elephant feet provide safe working

To ensure that construction ships can work without restriction in the port area, the sub-surface of the mooring area has been reinforced with special elements called “elephant feet”. This construction feature can be used not only by RWE Innogy but other businesses and ships as well.

Containerterminal 1

Operator: Eurogate Bremerhaven
Area: 25 hectares
Quay length: 450 metres
Jack-up: Directly in front of the quay. (HochTief’s “VIDAR”, A2Sea’s “SEA Installer”, and RWE’s “Victoria Mathias” work here.)
Heavy loads: Safe working load of 60.
Water depth: 12.5 to 15.5 metres
Lock restrictions: None
Technical equipment: Super-Post-Panmax gantry cranes; trailers; reach stackers; forklift trucks; spreaders.
Services on land:

  • Handling of construction elements
  • Storage
  • Delivery
  • Specialist team of experts for the entire logistics process

For onshore wind energy

Storage area: Up to 100,000 m².