Port Esbjerg News Brief – December 2019
Welcome to the Port Esbjerg News Brief.
No one had imagined that Brexit would still not be done in December 2019. This has been a major issue for many people at the port of Esbjerg, and many of us had hoped to see a solution much sooner. However, while we are waiting for the outcome, the RoRo market is by no means standing still. In fact, it is going at full speed, and only a few days ago, we opened the new multi-terminal at Port Esbjerg. And I am very pleased to note that the facility is already fully booked.
Though there is a dip in the level of offshore wind activity at the moment, current prospects are certainly positive. In 2020, the port of Esbjerg will be the originating port for the Dutch Borssele projects, and there is every indication that much more is underway. The key message emerging from the WindEurope Offshore conference held in Copenhagen recently with more than 9000 wind energy professionals was that wind energy can cover 30 per cent of Europe’s energy needs by 2050. That will require installation of no less than 450 GW, of which 212 GW is expected to be installed in the North Sea.
Currently, the installed capacity in Europe is a mere 20 GW. In other words, meeting that target is a tremendous task. It won’t be easy, but first and foremost this is a big opportunity for the energy industry, for the Blue Denmark and the rest of the Danish transport sector. And there is no time to waste!
The potential of the North Sea must be unlocked
The decision to build three new offshore wind farms in Danish waters by 2030 is an important step in that direction. Next, we must begin to establish the so-called ‘energy islands’, so we can unlock the potential of the North Sea as the green power plant of Europe. And we must make sure, both at Esbjerg and in the rest of Denmark, that we have sufficient capacity to accommodate the dramatic increase in demand which is to be expected if the vision of 450 GW becomes a reality.
This means that we must prioritise having a strong wind industry in Denmark, a highly skilled workforce, sufficient space and a future-proof infrastructure. This will require long-term clarity about the framework conditions for the wind turbine industry and its entire value chain.
Drones provide smart solutions
In this issue of our News Brief, you can read about the use of drones at Port Esbjerg. For both Port Esbjerg and the 200 companies working at the port, these flying machines can provide smart, fast and cheap solutions to a wide range of different tasks.
Drones can be used to check quays, measure gravel piles, localise lorry trailers and much, much more. There is virtually no end to what a drone can be used for, and we strongly welcome this kind of digitalisation. It will be exciting to see how drones are used as they become more and more common around the port.
I would like to wish everyone at and around the port of Esbjerg a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dennis Jul Pedersen