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Port of Kiel: restructuring of Ostuferhafen begins

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The Port of Kiel (Germany) is currently restructuring the access area to the Kiel Fiord’s main cargo and logistics hub, Ostuferhafen, and has begun the partial demolition of a former grain storage facility. The demolition, along with the integration of adjacent areas, will free up 2.8 hectares in the port access area on which expanded hard standing space can be created for trucks, trailers and cars. So far separated pre-stowage sectors can now be combined outside the ISPS-zone.

Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG), Dr Dirk Claus, said: “Cargo handling in the Ostuferhafen has increased in the last few years. The new access area will mean we can optimise logistics, accommodate the needs of forwarders for more space and handle more cruise shipping passengers.”

According to the Port of Kiel, €7.25 million is being invested in the project and funding from the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein has been applied for. According to the Port of Kiel, the restructuring of the port access area involves the demolition of some 13 000 m² of warehousing as well as structural engineering, road works, drainage, lighting and the securing of the site.

However, access to the Ostuferhafen is guaranteed to remain unrestricted throughout the whole of the reconstruction period, which will last until the spring of next year.

The Port of Kiel acquired the storage facilities and site of the former Getreide AG in 2016. Warehouses 31 to 33 will reportedly continue to be used to store forestry products while Warehouses 34 to 36 are being taken down as part of the restructuring of the port access area.


The Bodo Freimuth enterprise group has been commissioned to carry out the demolition work. It has already set up site facilities and is using heavy equipment to demolish the reinforced concrete structures. The three warehouses being demolished, along with their foundations will be cleared by the end of November. Demolition materials such as reinforced concrete structures, metals and insulation materials will be separated, sorted and either recycled or responsibly disposed of. Concrete is being broken up in an onsite crushing plant and then re-used.


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