Port of Bremerhaven
USAREUR continues to use the commercial port of Bremerhaven, Germany as a primary SPOE for deployment of unit vehicles and equipment and the adjacent Port of Nordenham for ammunition. USAREUR may also use other European Ports such as Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Koper for large-scale deployment operations. As improvements are made to other deployment infrastructure (i.e., railheads) USAREUR will continue to conduct liaison with EUCOM, Military Traffic Management Command and Military Sealift Command to monitor port capabilities and limitations.
The Ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven together offer one of Europe's most comprehensive cargo handling and logistics services. From automobiles to agribulks, containers to cotton, from warehousing to through transport logistics, Bremen and Bremerhaven provide facilities. The Ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven are connected by about 200 liner services with about 1,000 other ports in the world. They have grown into one of Europe's most important handling and logistics centres for containerised and other cargoes, with a total throughput of over 34 million tons of cargo annually. Above all, Bremerhaven is famed as Europe's leading vehicle handling port with over a million vehicles passing over its quays every year. It is also one of Europe's largest cold storage centres and Germany's largest center for the fish industry.
The majority of the ports of Bremen are situated in Bremerhaven. For the state of Bremen the economic importance of the ports is very significant. About 30% of Bremen's gross domestic product is generated by the ports. The ports of Bremen offer about 20,000 jobs. All in all approximately 70,000 jobs are created through port activities. The sea-town was founded in 1827 in Bremerhaven and is situated at the mouth of the river Weser into the North Sea and deep sea. The ports of Bremerhaven are an international turntable for modern parcel transports with the car-terminal, the banana jetty and the largest closed turnover area for containers of the world The fishing port in Bremerhaven is the largest of its type and as an national port the largest in Europe.
Life around the industrial ports is basically determined by the newest entrance gate which was built in 1989. The lock can offer Panama measurements. It is 248 meters long and the chamber is 48 meters wide. The gate is 234 meters wide. Ships with a max. depth of approximately 9.5 meters can pass through the gate. And they can not only reach the ports of Bremerhaven, but also the ports of the city of Bremen.
Because of the high costs full container - ships prefer the sea ports of Bremerhaven. So the harbour construction shifts to Bremerhaven. They began to build the Stromkaje in 1968 an today it is 3 km long . Also 900meters of further quays are available behind the lock at the north port. The Wilhelm Kaisen container terminal got a surface of 2.4 millions of square kilometres on which are 18 large container-bridges, 65 van carrier and just as much tractors situated. It is the largest container unit space of the world. The area is particularly interesting for operations, which need sea-lateral turnover and/or a combined turnover system for water, road and rails. This is offered since 1995 with the RoRo system at the south end of the Labradorhaven.
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