Port Esbjerg News Brief - June 2021

Dear reader

First of all, I’d like to thank those present for a good Annual Meeting. It was great seeing so many users of the port represented. With the pandemic having restricted physical social interaction for the past 18 months, it was particularly gratifying to be able to get together.

As will appear from this newsletter’s coverage of the Annual Meeting, the meeting was held in a pleasant atmosphere and the messages conveyed by the speakers were positive. This tallies with my own view of the current state of affairs. The port and most of the companies operating out of the port are bouncing back after a difficult time, and we have an exciting and hopefully busy time ahead of us. You can learn more in this newsletter, the key message of which is that Port Esbjerg is finding itself in the right place at the right time but that we need to have the courage to grab opportunities with both hands if we want to continue to play a key role in the green transition.

As stated by the Chairman of the Board at the Annual Meeting, we have the financial muscle and the support of our owners to move quickly and make even very large investments. But we also need a helping hand from authorities and politicians to be able to move faster from idea to execution in terms of expanding the port and fairways. This is critical to our competitiveness and, by extension, growth and jobs at the port. We hope this falls into place very soon.

Getting there will require successful collaboration, and I’m therefore pleased to report that we at the port have an exceptionally close and fruitful collaboration with our users. That bodes well for the future.

In order to successfully seize this opportunity, we also need to take the lead and be even more sustainable than we are now. We’re therefore happy and proud to present a new agreement with IT giant Atos, who is helping us develop a calculator that will enable our users to pick the greenest possible transport route while also achieving a financial gain.

At the Annual Meeting, we went through the numbers from the 2020 financial statements. While not new, they’re still positive. As concluded by Flemming N. Enevoldsen, Port Esbjerg’s Chairman: Our DKK 65 million infrastructure investments reflect pretty accurately our great expectations for the coming years.

Dennis Jul Pedersen

CEO, Port Esbjerg

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