Senator Schilling: “Important module in the comprehensive renewal of the port infrastructure”

Just eighteen months after the groundbreaking ceremony, construction of the new Quay 66 has already been completed.

On 15 June 2020, the TAGU/Ed. Züblin consortium started to demolish the old structure and the acceptance procedure has now officially been concluded for the new Quay 66, located between Columbus Quay and the entrance to Nordschleuse lock. Dr Claudia Schilling, Senator for Science and Ports, praised the successful cooperation between the port management company bremenports and the TAGU/Züblin consortium: “Completion of the project is spot on. The quay has been constructed without any delays and what’s more, the project remained within budget.”

The old Quay 66 was built in 1965 and safeguarded the entrance to Nordschleuse lock, which is located to the north of Columbus Quay. After various shipping accidents, the quay was no longer sufficiently stable. The sheet piling was severely damaged in 2017 when a car carrier collided with Quay 66, causing significant subsidence behind the shoreside embankment wall.

bremenports Managing Director Robert Howe commented, “Access to Nordschleuse lock is of crucial importance for the ports of Bremen. The new quay features state-of-the-art civil engineering and ensures the necessary operating reliability.”

The first construction phase involved demolition of the former quay for the ferry to England. 75 batter piles with individual lengths of up to 45 metres were then driven into the old sheet piling.
A total of 116 bearing piles, each up to 43 metres long, and 119 filler piles were driven into the ground along a length of 320 metres with batter piles and round steel anchors tie-back anchoring.

The new sheet piling has been fitted with ladders, cross bollards and fenders. The area behind the new sheet piling will be filled with sand and roughly 4000 square metres resurfaced.

The total project volume amounted to 17.7 million euros, half of which was funded by the Federal Land of Bremen, the other half by the German government.

Senator Schilling stressed that construction of the new quay is part of a comprehensive renewal strategy at the ports: “After the western quay at Kaiserhafen, Quay 66 is the second major project to be implemented as part of our ambitious infrastructure programme for the ports of Bremen.”

But that is not the end of the story: work on the neighbouring Columbus Quay is currently progressing at full speed and even more projects are in the pipeline: refurbishment of the entrance to Fischereihafen, the planning process for comprehensive refurbishment of Stromkaje, the quay at the Container Terminal, and upgrading the railway tracks for port traffic at the Deutsche Bahn railway station in the Bremerhaven district of Speckenbüttel.”



  • Columbus quay Completed quay 66 (in the background) and Columbus quay (under construction)
  • Quay 66 Picture of the quay

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