Port Esbjerg News Brief - June 2019
Welcome to Port Esbjerg’s newsletter. First of all, I would like to extend a big thank you to all the customers, business partners and colleagues who have given me a warm welcome since I started at the port on 1 March. I am, indeed looking forward to contributing to the further development of Port Esbjerg for the benefit of the companies at the port, our business partners and the people of Esbjerg.
As we reported at our annual meeting in March, we have a very good starting point, as all of our three main business areas are developing positively. We will not be stopping there, however, as we want to ensure the optimum framework for the ongoing development at the port.
This is also one of the reasons for our recent acquisition of an additional LM800 mobile harbour crane. We experience increasing demand for cargo handling and as we want to meet this demand, the world’s largest crane will arrive in the port in August. You can see some pictures of the crane here.
We are also looking into some new opportunities with regard to the use of various areas in the port. The recent relocation of the yachting harbour has freed port area that we now plan to use for service vessels for the offshore industry.
Sustainability provides opportunities
Sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are excellent guiding principles for the work of creating the energy port of the future. In this News Brief, you can read about our new sustainability plan with a wide range of initiatives and objectives.
As a port, we must take the lead in this development by setting a good example wherever possible. You can also read about how Port Esbjerg’s East Port is being expanded on a sustainable basis, as we use sand dredged from the navigation channel. Read more in the article about this.
This port expansion will provide a large number of new business opportunities for companies in the port, and we hope that we can help each other leverage this potential. A case in point is the decommissioning of wind turbines, which will constitute a major business area in the years to come. Read more here.
Continued political focus is important
Since our last News Brief, Denmark has held a general election, resulting in a new political majority. I look forward to cooperating with the new government on the continued development of Denmark and Esbjerg as an energy metropolis. We expect the energy area to be given high priority also in the future. MEP Bendt Bendtsen shares that point of view. After 10 years as member of the European Parliament, Bendt Bentsen has now returned to Denmark. In this News Brief, he describes how in the coming years energy will be in the focus of governments across Europe. This bodes well for Port Esbjerg.
I hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter, and I wish you a wonderful summer.
Dennis Jul Pedersen