February 16 - The Seaports of Niedersachsen, which comprises Brake, Cuxhaven, Emden, Leer, Nordenham, Oldenburg, Papenburg, Stade and Wilhelmshaven, recorded a 12 percent year-on-year growth in cargo volumes for 2015 at 52 million tonnes.

During 2015, the nine German seaports handled 11.05 million tonnes of general cargo - a 57 percent increase compared with 2014 - of which 6.4 million tonnes were non-containerised goods, including breakbulk and project cargoes.

Seaports of Niedersachsen managing director Inke Onnen-Lübben said that 2015 was "very positive" for the Lower Saxony ports and the company is "cautiously optimistic" for 2016.

Cargo handling volumes at Brake increased by 7 percent year-on-year to 6.72 million tonnes, with volumes of steel, forest products and wind turbine components showing significant growth.

The Port of Cuxhaven recorded a throughput of 2.64 million tonnes in 2015, representing a 2 percent year-on-year decrease, which the port attributed to a decrease in offshore wind projects.

General cargo handled at the Port of Emden also grew 5 percent year-on-year to 2.64 million tonnes, with high volumes of wind turbine components and other project cargoes.