As a leading offshore base port, Cuxhaven has a number of unique features. In addition to its location central to the offshore wind parks and the offshore base port, since 2007, Cuxhaven has a heavy load platform - a specialized hydraulic engineering structure with an area of 1,500 m², which is suited for both standing transport of completely assembled offshore wind turbine generators and for landing, as well as for conventional shipping of individual components. The heavy load platform can withstand loads up to 90 t/m², and therefore, can support an upright, completely assembled wind turbine generator.
The financial investment in the heavy load platform totaled € 7.57 million, and was funded with the financial help of the State of Lower Saxony and the European Union. Cuxport GmbH in Cuxhaven operates the heavy load platform.