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Jade Port @ Christmas

28. December 2014 in Life in Europe, Street Views

JadeWeserPort is Germany’s largest harbour project. It is supported by the states of Lower Saxony (50.1% stake) and Bremen (49.9% stake).

This new container port is located at Wilhelmshaven at the Jade Bight, a bay on the North Sea coast. It has a natural water depth in excess of 18 m.

Container ships with a length of 430 m and 16,5 m draught will be able to call the JadeWeserPort at any tide.

Construction work was begun in March 2008. The port was opened on 21 September 2012. Since then, the port has failed to attract any significant cargo volumes from container lines and it lies largely unused.

There have been plans for expanding the commercial operations of the harbours of Wilhelmshaven for many years. Originally a naval base, the deep water of the Jade estuary became more and more attractive for merchant shipping with the growth of ships in the 20th century. In 1958 the first pier for deep draught tankers was built. In 1993, local commercial associations made first plans for a major container terminal with initially four, later six, berths for large container vessels.

After a number of delays caused by legal and administrative reasons a court ruling of 8 March 2008 allowed for the immediate commencement of construction work for the first four berths. Between then and January 2012 nearly 46 Mio m³ of sand have been flushed. Major parts of the superstructure have been finished so that administrative port authorities were able to assume their functions in August 2012.

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German Bundesliga, Day 13

1. December 2014 in Uncategorized

SC Freiburg – VfB Stuttgart 1:4
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – 1. FC Köln 5:1
FC Schalke 04 – FSV Mainz 05 4:1
Werder Bremen – SC Paderborn 07 4:0 
FC Augsburg – Hamburger SV 3:1
Hertha BSC – FC Bayern München 0:1
1899 Hoffenheim – Hannover 96 4:3
VfL Wolfsburg – Bor. Mönchengladbach 1:0
Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Dortmund 2:0

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Autumn season approaches

17. October 2014 in Uncategorized

This is the view from the bridge over the Ruhr river. The landscape has beautiful colors in the afternoon sun hanging low.

In the background you can see the motorway A40. Click map or image for details.
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New: 10 Euro bank notes

29. September 2014 in Life in Europe

There is a new note on the streets. After a few days of announcements in the media the first tenners have arrived at the ATMs. I just got a few of the latest 10-€-billets when I went to the bank.

And I made up a little competition:
If one of these 3 bills come you way some time the just take a picture and post it here together with a comment. I will set up small a winner’s prize for the first entries!

The lucky numbers are:

  • EB1032646212
  • EB1032646221
  • EB1032646239
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Blog writing can be quick

21. September 2014 in Uncategorized

There is a new easy blog tool to use in conjunction with some free web space. I have already written about GETTING FREE WEB SPACE for blogs or other web pages.

Now there is a Windows program which could be easily used to write articles and add images. Just one click and the picture is re-sized, the text is formatted and all components are online.

Just a few preparations are needed to give your blog a color design.

The tool is called WebTable Quick Blog and is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD along with an explaining manual.