February 17 - Germany's Seaports of Niedersachsen has reported that at the multiple locations and business units of the nine ports within its organisation, total volumes handled grew one percent in 2014 to 46.4 million tonnes.
The port marketing organisation said that the handling and storage of wind energy components, forest products and automobiles, as well as agricultural products, made a positive contribution to the results.
A decline in the number of containers handled contributed to a two percent reduction in the tonnage of general cargoes handled to 7.05 million tonnes.
Inke Onnen-Lübben, managing director of the Seaports of Niedersachsen: "In value-added business areas such as the handling and storage of over dimensional products, agricultural products and project cargoes, we see good developments in several locations."
An official statement released by Seaports of Niedersachsen revealed that around EUR65 million was invested last year by the handling companies and local industry in the nine seaports.
HLPFI understands that investment of a further EUR80 million is planned this year in expanding and maintaining the state's seaports. Projects are being prepared and implemented in the ports of Brake, Cuxhaven, Emden and Wilhelmshaven.
From left to right: Holger Banik, managing director of Niedersachsen Ports; Olaf Lies, Lower Saxony's Minister for Economics, Labour and Transport; Inke Onnen-Lübben, managing director Seaports of Niedersachsen; and Folker Kielgast, managing director Niedersachsen Ports.