b'Ofcourse,beingintherightloca- could do. facturing with offices now in Eemshav-tion plays a big role as well. Not onlyen: Siemens, Mitsubishi, GE, Vestas.is Eemshaven on the North Sea, but itsPerhaps the biggest single boost came close to German waters, where manyin 2015, when construction began onEemshaven has developed into a sup-wind farms developed as well, supply- the Gemini Wind Farm, some 50 milesply chain of companies large and small ing that country with renewable energy. north off the coast. It is now the worldsthatconstruct,supplyandmaintain thirdlargestoffshorewindcomplex,offshore wind farms and their ancillary Eemshaven is a relatively new port,generating 600MW of electricity.functions. Thats the model Eemshaven openedonlyin1973. Theportnowfollows.Itsinvestinginnewsupport boasts of more than five kilometers ofHowever, its a steady stream of busi- facilities for these players. The latest is quay in four basins. ness that has brought lasting benefits.a heliport the port inaugurated in Sep-Offshore construction and support ves- tember.Wereconstantlyinnovating Inabout2008,Germanysfirstoff- sels now make frequent calls on Eem- what we can do as a port, Bertholet shore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, beganshaven;somebasethemselvesthere.said.to take shape in the North Sea. BecauseIf youre in Europe in the installation Eemshavenisadeep-waterportthatof wind farms and you have not beenWhatEemshavendoesnthaveare offers heavy load capabilities, some oftoEemshaven,well,probablytheresproductionfacilities.Everythings theturbinecomponentsdestinedforsomething wrong with you, BertholetcomingintoEemshavenandevery-the wind farm were shipped via Eem- quipped.things coming out, so thats superb for shaven.And,saidBertholet,thisex- logistics,saidBertholet.Theadded posed Eemshaven to wind farm devel- He also rattled off a list of major play- value is high.opers and demonstrated what the porters in offshore wind equipment manu-2019 Collection Project / Energy Shipping 59'