Podcast Episode 17: Offshore logistics and its contribution to the energy revolution

The German government is aiming to increase the power output of offshore wind energy installed in the North Sea from just over eight gigawatts at the moment to at least 70 gigawatts by 2045; it aims to achieve this with the help of the Wind Energy at Sea Act. This is an ambitious undertaking and the logistics sector will have to make a significant contribution to this if the goals that have been set are to be met in good time.

Heike Winkler, Managing Director of the Wind Industry Association and Innovation Cluster WAB e.V., and Björn Wittek, Managing Director of Rhenus Offshore Logistics, talk about the opportunities as well as the challenges created by the German government’s goals in the latest episode of Logistics People Talk, the Rhenus Group’s official podcast. The two guests are proven experts when it comes to explaining what is currently happening off the coasts of Germany in terms of the energy revolution: services such as transporting components and crews or making supply trips to offshore platforms only form a tiny part of what the logistics sector will have to handle – preparation work for grid connections, building new wind farms, constructing cable routes and connecting onshore locations with interfaces to project logistics are some of the other fields of activity mentioned in the podcast.

Björn Wittek believes that what happens out at sea will decide whether the energy revolution is a success on land – and the course has already been set. ‘If I look at what’s already happening in the background at this time, the orders that are being placed and what’s being planned, we’ll have to cope with a huge number of major projects during the next few years, which will drive the energy revolution forwards. We’re pursuing exactly the right course.”

Have a listen!

Please note: This episode is currently only available in German. You can find the English transcript here.



Heike Winkler and Björn Wittek talk about the opportunities, but also the challenges created by the German government’s goals.