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A city of northwest Germany on an inlet of the North Sea. It was a major naval base during World Wars I and II and is now a port, industrial center, and resort with a new naval base rebuilt after 1956.
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(German vɪlhɛlmsˈhaːfən)
(Placename) a port and resort in NW Germany, in Lower Saxony: founded in 1853; was the chief German North Sea naval base until 1945; a major oil port. Pop: 84 586 (2003 est)
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(ˈvɪl hɛlmsˌhɑ fən)

a seaport in NW Germany, NW of Bremen, on the North Sea. 95,570.
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An oil monitoring plane will accompany the barges towards Wilhelmshaven," said Starke.
With some fanfare, Eurogate has announced that the Eugen Maersk is to call at its new, deepwater Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven later this month.
Since opening a fruit and vegetable logistics center at the deep-water JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven last September, it has received and handled several hundred containers of fresh produce.
Dutch midstream oil investor Hestya Energy said on Wednesday it will buy the Wilhelmshaven oil refinery in Germany from US oil and gas group ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), for an undisclosed price.
Yesterday: Maersk Recorder, Wilhelmshaven. Caroline Essberger, Antwerp.
International Resource News-22 July 2010-ConocoPhillips cancels plans to upgrade Wilhelmshaven oil refinery(C)2010 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk
The European Commission approved, on 10 December, Germany's plan to support the construction of a new port in Wilhelmshaven. The states of Bremen and Lower Saxony will finance - through publicly-owned entities JIB and JWPR - the basic infrastructure and the infrastructure necessary for the construction of the JadeWeserPort maritime container terminal in Wilhelmshaven on the mouth of the Jade river.
Construction of a big new baking enterprise, serving much of northwest Germany and adjacent areas of the Netherlands, has been announced for the JadeWeser Industrial Park near Wilhelmshaven.
Toisa Valiant, Wilhelmshaven. Shannon Fisher, Inverness.
Moller-Maersk (APMM), an international group with activities in container shipping, container terminal services, harbour towage, operation of tankers, inland transportation, logistics, oil and gas exploration and production, and retail and air transport, of a 30% share in EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven GmbH & Co.