The port operator Cuxport has provided official evidence of its improvements in infrastructure for new car logistics by opening an automated car wash unit: the new facility was put to use for the first time on 9 May 2012 in the presence of the Mayor of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, the managers of the port infrastructure company Niedersachsen Ports and representatives from the automobile, shipping and logistics sectors. As many as 1,000 cars per day can be cleaned before being placed on RoRo ferries. The port logistics company has also invested in another set of track for its railway sidings and double-decker ramps, which enable the upper and lower decks of car trains to be loaded or unloaded at the same time.
As many as 1,000 new cars can be washed per day prior to the sea crossing; the unit is designed for three-shift operations and operates in line with the highest ecological standards. The underbody protection provided in order to prevent any corrosion was also successfully audited for the vehicles transhipped through Cuxport. “We’re receiving good marks from the OEMs, but we’re always on the look-out to continue to expand or optimise our range of services for our customers too,” says Oliver Fuhljahn, who coordinates relations with Original Equipment Managers (OEMs) at Cuxport.
“Automobile logistics is an important mainstay in our business development. By expanding existing traffic and successfully setting up new scheduled services at the beginning of the year, we’ve been able to continually increase our transhipment volumes. By investing in the infrastructure, we’re able to provide even better handling for our customers’ volumes that have grown,” Peter Zint, Managing Director of Cuxport GmbH, adds.
As many as ten car trains can now be handled at the company’s own railway sidings without any problems. The new double-decker ramps allow cars to be loaded or unloaded faster at the logistics facility. “The tri-modal transport links, the favourable geographical location of Cuxhaven, the efficient terminal structure and the variety of value added services on offer together with the latest improvements in infrastructure provide supply chain management that is tailored to customer requirements,” Oliver Fuhljahn stresses.
“The positive developments in automobile logistics and the growing business in the offshore wind energy sector are examples that clearly demonstrate the many opportunities available at our multi-purpose terminal. We’re also seeking to provide this sensible mix of terminal structures as a result of the ongoing expansion of Cuxport at berth number 4, for which official planning permission has now been obtained,” says Cuxport Managing Director, Peter Zint, looking into the future.
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deepwater port of Cuxhaven. In addition to extensive RoRo transhipment operations, Cuxport provides an ideal geographical location for all maritime traffic and the best possible links to inland destinations. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus AG & Co. KG has a 74.9 percent holding and HHLA Container Terminals GmbH holds 25.1 percent of the shares. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global operations and annual turnover of EUR 3 billion. Rhenus has over 18,000 employees at more than 290 business locations. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading port logistics groups at the North Sea ports.