The port services provider Cuxport handled the one millionth car for the BMW Group at its facility in Cuxhaven on Wednesday. The vehicle was loaded on board the vessel “Autoprogress” in the presence of the Mayor of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, and representatives from the BMW Group and the United European Car Carriers (UECC) shipping company after the vehicle had arrived by rail just in time. The UECC shipping company is transporting about 1,000 other new cars together with the jubilee vehicle to Southampton in the south of England.
Cuxport has been providing as many as four weekly departures to the United Kingdom with the UECC and FLOTA SUARDIAZ shipping companies since the beginning of this year. The vehicles are not only shipped to Southampton, but also to Immingham in northern England. When customers select Cuxport, the geographical location of the port and lock-free access play an important role; but they are particularly impressed by the high quality of the services and the very short transhipment times.
“The jubilee BMW is a sign of the growing significance of Cuxhaven as a transhipment port for the automobile industry. Cuxport as a recognised port services provider in our region is contributing a great deal to its long-term economic development and ensuring that jobs are retained and new ones created,” Dr. Ulrich Getsch, Mayor of Cuxhaven, emphasizes. Cuxport has been able to increase its business volumes by almost 250 percent since 1997 and has quadrupled the number of jobs.
“We’ve gradually developed the trust of industry and have adapted to our customers in the automobile sector even better by making investments in our infrastructure and superstructure. In addition to BMW, other OEMs have integrated Cuxport in their supply chains,” says Oliver Fuhljahn, Manager of Automobile Logistics at Rhenus Port Logistics.
For example, the railway transhipment capacity has been significantly expanded by the addition of extra railway sidings and the installation of double-decker ramps for loading and unloading vehicles. In addition, Cuxport is increasingly providing its customers with additional technical services like an “acid wash” or under floor rust-proofing. The building plans for berth 4 are enabling Cuxport to prepare for more growth in the automobile sector. The capacity of the terminal will be expanded by another deep-water berth to make ready for the future.
Cuxport’s major shareholder, Rhenus, has been a member of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics or ECG since May 2011; this is a special interest group, which campaigns for the issues facing manufacturers.
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deep water port of Cuxhaven. In addition to extensive RoRo transshipment 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 provides logistics services around the globe and has annual turnover amounting to EUR 3.3 billion. Rhenus employs more than 19,000 people at more than 350 locations worldwide. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading port logistics groups at the North Sea ports.