Eurogate Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven plans to increase its workforce by 50% in response to higher volumes of business.
Germany’s only deepwater port has served two “major alliances” over the last four months which has caused monthly container throughput on liner services to double since May, according to Eurogate
Mikkel Andersen, managing director of Eurogate Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven, said: “Since the consolidation from four to three major alliances, our monthly handling figures have doubled.”
He said the 2.7m teu-capacity terminal had seen sustained interest regionally and beyond.
“Now we have to chart the course for the future and strengthen our competitiveness. Compared to other port locations, Wilhelmshaven is a young port with a very young container terminal,” he stated.
He added: “The current consolidation process among the shipping lines and the resulting processes of change in the market provide EUROGATE with the opportunity in Wilhelmshaven to establish ourselves as a first-class container terminal. This is an opportunity we want to and must grasp.”
Eurogate said the business generated from the alliances meant terminal operators need to be able to clear containers quickly and efficiently.
Operational staff numbers at the terminal are expected to increase from 400 to 600 over the next two years.
The 1.3m metres squared port, which has a quay length of 1,725m and water depth of 18m, confirmed it is also investing in feeder connections and new rail links.
It currently has eight container gantries (and another 8 in construction).
Source: www.portstrategy.com, 28 August 2017