In mid-April this year, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and Liebherr-Nenzing Service GmbH signed a lease agreement for a 44,000m2 site at the Kuhwerder Hafen harbour basin. The manufacturer of maritime cranes and other machinery will set up a new operating site for its Harburg-based sales and service company on the centrally located site. Construction is expected to start in November 2017.

The new location borders on the Steinwerder-Su¨d district, for which the HPA has initiated a contest to gather ideas for an innovative concept of use. The site will house a workshop (2,160m2), a warehouse (1,080m2) and an office building (3,125m2). All in all, 90 employees will work at the location. Moving in is planned for the first quarter of 2019.

The new branch office will be in charge of selling and servicing mobile harbour cranes, ship cranes, and offshore cranes as well as construction machinery from the duty cycle crawler crane, crawler crane and deep foundation equipment product range. It will also offer spare part and repair services.

Liebherr-Nenzing had been on the lookout for an appropriate location in northern Germany close to the port. Under its land restructuring programme the HPA was able to offer the company attractive growth prospects, which is exactly what the port development plan calls for. “Liebherr will create long-term jobs in the heart of the port and continue to support Hamburg’s businesses with its know-how,” says Jens Meier, Chairman of the Management Board of the HPA.

“We want to make use of the growth potential and secure the long-term future of our universal port,” says Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister for Economic Affairs,Transport and

Innovation. “Above all, we strive to secure the many different jobs the port offers, create new ones and increase the value added. Liebherr‘s move to the site is a perfect example of this development aim.”

“By getting Liebherr to locate to the site, the HPA managed to keep the company, and the jobs it offers, in Hamburg. At the same time, the HPA offers Liebherr long-term development prospects enabling it to expand its business activities in the Port of Hamburg,” adds Uwe Weidemann, Head of Sales and Project Development - Port Estate Division at the HPA.

“Due to its logistical advantages we have made Hamburg our hub for rental and returned equipment as well as for all kinds of repair services from the European region,” says Jo¨rg Schmidt, Managing Director of Liebherr-Nenzing Service GmbH.