September 12 - The future development potentials of the nine ports with the Seaports Niedersachsen network were considered at a recent event in Papenburg, Germany, during which the future importance of the ports as logistics hubs for the German economy wa
Inke Onnen-Luebben, managing director of Seaports of Niedersachsen GmbH stressed the need for investment in infrastructure in ports as well as in the port hinterland connections and seaward approaches.
Pressures on public resources has led to significant investments in all nine ports from the private sector said Onnen-Luebben.
Lower Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Olaf Lies stressed that Lower Saxony is currently realigning its ports policy so that all of the ports on Germany's north coast work together to strengthen the effectiveness and competitiveness of the network overall and invited all the representatives present to engage in a joint dialogue to draw up perspectives for the future.
Uwe Beck Meyer as Maritime Coordinator of the Federal Government also stressed the importance of ports as powerful logistics hubs for German business.
In regards to investment, he said that there is a need to share the burden between the federal and provincial governments since the north coast ports are important to the whole of Germany.
Pictured from left to right: Olaf Lies (Lower Saxony Minister for Economy, Labour and Transport), Uwe Beck Meyer (Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Economy, Energy and Maritime Coordinator of the Federal Government), Inke Onnen-Luebben (managing director Seaports of Niedersachsen) and Jan Peter Bechtluft (mayor of the city of Papenburg).