Cuxport has signed an agreement with Siemens covering logistics operations for services for the following offshore converter platforms: BorWin 2, HelWin 1, HelWin 2 and SylWin 1. The long-term contract will come into effect in May this year.
The agreement covers the acceptance, storage and picking of a wide variety of goods, packing and unpacking containers, loading and unloading the vessels made available by Siemens, handling heavy-duty items and providing pick-up and final delivery runs. Platform suppliers will in future dock at Cuxhaven every month for this purpose and Cuxport will handle the clearance for these ships too. The goods passing through the port will include spare parts, consumables and provisions.
“We’ve already provided support for Siemens in the North Sea in the set-up phase for the converter platforms and used Cuxhaven as the base port for this. Both sides benefit from this cooperation,” says Michael de Reese, Managing Director of Cuxport.
The agreement also covers the disposal of waste that accumulates and the RETHMANN subsidiary, BEG, will manage this. The Rhenus subsidiary, ALS, is also performing the customs clearance operations. The BorWin 2 and HelWin1 converter platforms have been collecting the alternating current generated by the offshore wind parks near Borkum and Helgoland for several weeks, converting it into direct current and finally transferring it ashore through marine cables. The HelWin 2 and SylWin 1 platforms are also due to start operating in the near future.