New turning point for ships near Oldenburg!
Oldenburg, May 5th, 2021. From now on, sea and inland waterway vessels will benefit from a new, powerful turning facility on the Hunte shipping route near Oldenburg. The new turning point has a diameter of 165 meters. That is 1.5 times the maximum length of a ship that can operate on the Hunte.
Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure: “Oldenburg is an excellent example of how it can be possible to bring goods on seagoing vessels to the inland directly to business locations and people. The new turning point brings significant advantages to shipping and promotes ecological goods transport. “
Previously, ships handling cargo in the Osthafen or in the city area of Oldenburg sometimes had to perform reverse maneuvers or wait for bridges to open, they can now turn around in front of the railway bridge and then start their journey towards the Weser.
Based on the dangers for shipping as a result of reversing and the generally unsatisfactory turning conditions in the city of Oldenburg, it was necessary to build a sufficiently dimensioned turning point for the safety and ease of shipping. With the completion of the turning point, the adjustment of the lower Hunte is temporarily completed. This now enables the Oldenburg ports to be reached by 110 m long sea and 135 m long inland vessels.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Heinrich Witte, President of the General Directorate for Waterways and Shipping: “With the new turning point, we not only improve the safety and ease of shipping on the Hunte, but also strengthen the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Oldenburg port. That is a double benefit for the entire region. “
Due to the common interest in a modern turning point, the city of Oldenburg and the federal government reached an agreement in 2011 on the organization, planning, financing and structural design of the turning point. It was decided that the city of Oldenburg would bring in the property and the federal government would take over the planning and construction of the turning point.
Jürgen Krogmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Oldenburg: “The new turning point will help to further consolidate and expand the strong position of the Oldenburg port. The location is on the road to success, it is one of the most heavily handled inland ports in Niedersachsen. We hope that the infrastructural improvement will provide lasting impulses for our port industry. “
So far, shipping has had two turning options, one above the railway bascule bridge, approved for seagoing vessels up to a length of 86 meters, and for inland vessels up to 100 meters in length. At the second turning point in the area of the Oldenburg suburb of the Weser-Jade-Nordsee waterways and shipping office, ships up to a length of 85 meters were able to turn.
The Hunte shipping route between Elsfleth and Oldenburg forms the approximately 25-kilometer-long seaward access to the transshipment points of the city of Oldenburg. Together with the coastal canal, the tidal river Hunte is the connection between the ports on the Central and Lower Weser and the Rhine and Rhine estuary ports and the Ems.