Oil price forces Port of Den Helder to diversifyNews // February 2, 2016
The Port of Den Helder in The Netherlands says the oil crisis has had its impact on its revenues, with the number of offshore oil and gas vessels entering the port falling by 10 per cent.
The number of incoming vessels dropped from 2,776 to 2,522 between 2014 and 2015. This decrease was in part counteracted by an increasing amount of sea-going fishing vessels: 1,645 fishing vessels called at the Port of Den Helder in 2015 compared to 1,295 in 2014 (representing a 27 per cent increase).
"Since early 2015, the primary offshore logistics hub for the southern North Sea has been steadily working with several key partners towards an intervention plan to counteract the impact of the oil crisis," said the port. "The global oil crisis is expected to continue, forcing the port to transition.
"Crucial to the development of proposed activities is available space. With the recent delivery of the ready-for-construction Kooypunt IIIa and the waterfront development of the Kooyhaven business area, which is due to be finalized at the end of 2016, the Port of Den Helder is in a position to offer such space. Both of these locations are situated in the immediate vicinity of Den Helder Airport.
"It is expected that Kooyhaven will provide a strong boost to the local economy of Den Helder. As the seaport has limited available space, harbour-related suppliers and other facilitating companies that will be attracted to the area by established companies can then locate themselves in Kooyhaven.
"Work is also underway to address the matter of ‘parking’ drilling rigs in the harbor with a study being carried out to investigate the feasibility of such a scheme," said the port.
Despite the reduction of offshore oil and gas related activities in the port, the Port of Den Helder is still showing positive financial figures. "It is important to be aware of, and to react to, the effects of the oil crisis. We are dedicated to our position as a logistical knowledge and service hub for the offshore industry in the Southern North Sea. We are flexible – Den Helder is also ideally suited as an offshore logistics port for operation and maintenance activities for the emerging renewable energy market,” said Whitney Veen, CFO and interim CEO of Port of Den Helder. “The recent comprehensive developments around our port ensure that we can continue to expand economically and remain a significant employer in the region in the future.”