Hanstholm fishing port eyes post-Brexit business

Port of Hanstholm expansion project nearing completion. Credit: Port of Hanstholm

A EUR55 million (USD60 million) three-year expansion plan in the port of Hanstholm, Denmark, is set for completion in summer 2020 with the port aiming to become one of Europe’s leading consumer fishing ports.

The expansion of the port consists of a new basin and entry way to northern Denmark, an increased quay area and water depth, better navigation conditions, and an expanded hinterland.

Overall motivation for the works is the hope to attract business following Brexit, such as “British companies in the fishing or energy industry establishing European subsidiaries on our newly developed port areas to spearhead their operations in the northern parts of the EU,” Niels Clemensen, CEO of the port of Hanstholm, explains.

An additional 30,000 m2 of space is being made available to the west of the port in the form of a multi-terminal with a 140-m-long berth.

In addition, a new northern breakwater is being constructed, extending out from the shore in a curve to provide protection for the new quay, and a new spending beach on the south pier to absorb wave energy.

The new quays will align with the existing inner breakwater line, enclosing a hard-standing area for heavy vehicles, adding about a third of extra space to the harbour area.

Overall, the port will have space to accommodate larger and heavier vessels as well as the storage, assembly, and shipping of wind farm components.

The port of Hanstholm is home to one of Denmark’s largest fish auctions which trades more than 40,000 tonnes of fish annually, accounting for an estimated EUR67 million (USD70 million) in revenue.

“Alongside the port expansion, we want to consolidate our position in Denmark and set course on becoming Europe’s leading consumer fishing port. One third of the new hinterland is already rented out, and new activities and projects are coming into the port. It serves as a boost of confidence to our ambitious plans,” said Clemensen.