Differentiation of Ports

Project information

Index: 1098R4
Acronym:4 POWER
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport

Topic of the practice

Good Practice Information

In the development of the offshore wind energy industry, ports play a central role. Every segment of an offshore wind turbine has to be delivered via ship; therefore the ports are very important intersections for the offshore wind industry. Furthermore, many construction parts are produced, partially preassembled or stored temporarily directly in or near the port areas. Consequently, the requirements imposed on the individual ports (e.g. hinterland connection, water depth, technical equipment, heavy duty quays, logistic companies, airports etc.) essentially depend on the port’s function or, the other way round, the location of the port (proximity to the wind farms) and the equipment a port has to offer define its function. When developing the logistic chain for offshore wind energy it makes sense to carefully look at the different functions a port has to meet and where these ports are located along the coastline.

Evidence of success

Proper planning of the port industry allows an optimization of the logistic chain and, thus, a cost-reduction related to offshore wind power. From the other perspective, the ports and regions can profit from the chances of the offshore wind industry.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Bernd van Ellen

City of Emden



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