EUROGATE – that is bundled port expertise: We operate shipping company-independent container terminals in 5 countries. As a leading container handling company, our core competencies also include areas such as transportation, maintenance and packaging. Over the past decades, we have developed into a central hub in the continent’s trade and logistics infrastructure. With state-of-the-art technology and many years of experience, we advance global supply chains and international trade: Moving the global economy.
Our vision: a green port. Because we take responsibility. For our employees – and for our planet. That’s why we set ourselves long-term goals to actively support innovation and sustainability initiatives. We live a communicative corporate culture that moves with the times instead of standing still. For our environment.
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Progress is what moves us. We regularly question our routines. And set new standards – again and again. We view major developments as an opportunity: we see digitalization, automation and the sensible use of artificial intelligence as inspiration for our day-to-day business. Because with creative concepts, innovative ideas and state-of-the-art technology, we increase our efficiency.
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Port with standards: As a future-oriented company with responsibility, our compliance management system forms the foundation of EUROGATE. This includes the essential measures of legal and regulatory provisions, as well as guidelines for compliance with ethical requirements. This is the only way we can create a trustworthy environment – and set high standards for our corporate culture.
As an experienced container handling company, we operate our terminals not only in northern Germany. With international locations in Italy, Morocco and Cyprus, we move business – worldwide. Another terminal is currently being built in Egypt: EUROGATE is growing.
Moving the economy – even at low tide? No problem at our location in Wilhelmshaven: large container ships can navigate to Germany’s only deep-water port without any problems, even when the water level is low.
Our core competence? Container handling. Our range of services: so much more. A diverse and comprehensive range of services that covers the entire world of container handling.
Uncomplicated and reliable: The combined transport of goods between North Sea ports and the industrial centers of Europe is our specialty. With a strong network behind us, we guarantee cost-effective logistics and transport solutions – on all routes.
We make containers fit again: We don’t just repair used containers. If required, we clean, rent out and store both empty and refrigerated containers at our locations.
Every sea route has its own challenges. Oversized, project loads or hazardous goods: we use our experience to develop customized packaging solutions for transport by sea and land.
Everything has to run smoothly in the port – around the clock. With our service company EUROGATE Technical Services GmbH, we guarantee the smooth running of all port technology at our sites in Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven.
Everything under control: In addition to port technology, EUROGATE Technical Services GmbH also takes care of the energy supply in the overseas port in Bremerhaven – as the operator of the power supply network.
Comprehensive logistics services for the energy transition: We not only act as an import and export hub for onshore wind turbines. EUROGATE also acts as a base port for the installation of offshore wind farms.
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The Damietta Alliance Container Terminal (DACT) has signed the final financing contract for its state-of-the-art container terminal in Damietta, Egypt. The financing consortium comprises international development banks including European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”), the International Finance Corporation(“IFC”), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (“AIIB”), DEG and Proparco.
The signing event for the contract took place yesterday in the New Administrative Capital Cairo at the Ministry of Transport in presence of the Transport Minister of Egypt, the Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt, as well as the German Ambassador. Representatives from all lending institutions, DACT's management team, and consortium partners came together to mark this significant milestone in the project's development.
"We are particularly proud that this group of prominent development institutions, including EBRD, IFC, AIIB, DEG and Proparco is supporting the Damietta Alliance consortium with know-how, as well as a landmark financing package tailored to the necessities of the project," stated Tom Eckelmann, CEO of the EUROGATE Group.
“Our investment in the new terminal aims to open up new markets and boost economic growth in the region. The enhanced infrastructure will significantly improve our transshipment operations in the East Mediterranean market and at the same time provide better access to the local Egyptian trade”, said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG.
While the construction of the infrastructure is currently underway, the management team of DACT is already engaged in Damietta. The Go-Live of the terminal is scheduled for the beginning of 2025, with a final total operational capacity of 3.3 million TEU. The terminal will serve as Hapag-Lloyd's dedicated strategic transshipment hub in the East Mediterranean.
The Joint Venture, "Damietta Alliance Container Terminal S.A.E.," consists of three core shareholders: Hapag-Lloyd Damietta GmbH (39%), Eurogate Damietta GmbH (29.5%), and Contship Damietta Srl (29.5%). Additionally, Middle East Logistics & Consultants Group and Ship & C.R.E.W. Egypt S.A.E. each hold a 1% stake in the venture.
The third ship integration test for the shore power supply of container ships, which was carried out at EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH), was also successful.
The first ship integration test at the end of August on the Maersk Condor was the first time in Europe that a container ship was connected to shore power. Power was supplied for one hour. In the process, between 700 kW and 1,000 kW of electricity was taken off at transfer station (ASS) 1 at berth 1&2.
After the MSC Livorno was successfully connected at the same connection point on 17.09.2023, the third ship integration test was carried out the previous week, this time at ASS 2 at berth 3. The APL Boston was smoothly supplied with shore-side power for two hours.
The topic of shore-side power supply for container ships during their berthing time in the port has been occupying the container terminals in Hamburg for a long time. Initial planning on this topic began back in 2015 and was included in the Clean Air Plan of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in 2017. Then, in May 2021, EUROGATE and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) concluded a letter of intent (LOI) for the construction of three facilities on the CTH. A total of seven turbines will be built at the Port of Hamburg. Each of these turbines will provide an output of up to 7.5 MW.
At the CTH, three movable transfer stations (ASS) for shore power were erected at berths 1 & 2 and 3 and 6, as well as a converter station in front of the terminal. The transfer station consists of a movable carriage with lowerable coupling technology on the flood protection wall.
The installations were completed in June and the first dummy and connector tests were able to start in July. A special feature during the construction phase was the installation of the system during ongoing terminal operation and the laying of lines under the water-side road and the water-side crane rail in the quay head to the respective connection.
In the next step, further tests will now be carried out both for individual supply with the ASS3 at berth 6 and for parallel supply of two ships at two connections at the same time. It is planned that the manufacturer will hand over the shore power installations to the HPA at the end of 2023.
By supporting the installation of shore power systems, EUROGATE is pursuing the goal of enabling shipping company customers to continue reducing their emissions at the container terminal as well as sustainably improving the living environment of Hamburg's residents in accordance with the Clean Air Plan.
EUROGATE GmbH & Co. KGaA, KG, Bremen, and Terminal Investment Limited (TiL), Geneva, the terminal operating company of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), Geneva, have extended the contract concluded in May 2004 for the joint operation of the container terminal MSC Gate Bremerhaven GmbH & Co. KG (MSC Gate), Bremerhaven, for a period of at least 25 years until 2048. A reassessment of the partnership and negotiations on adjustments to the contract between the shareholders had been included in the contract at the time and have now been concluded, a few months before the 20-year anniversary of the joint venture, with a very positive result for MSC Gate and the entire port location of Bremerhaven.
Michael Blach, Chairman of the Group Management Board of EUROGATE, said on the occasion of the signing: "With this contract extension the basis for the continuation of the so far successful cooperation is given. This is very good news for Bremerhaven. We have achieved a lot together in the past almost 20 years. MSC Gate was able to establish itself as a reliable terminal partner in the network of our customer MSC. The christening of the 'MSC Michel Cappellini', one of the newest and largest ships in the MSC container ship fleet, a few weeks ago is proof of the importance of the terminal and the Bremerhaven location for MSC. We want to continue and develop this together. Discussions are currently underway regarding a joint future-oriented modernization of MSC Gate. To this end, the adaptation of the quay and the outer Weser must be driven forward quickly in order to continue to score points in competition."
Ammar Kanaan, Chief Executive Officer of TiL, a subsidiary of MSC, said, "Extending the contract over the next two and a half decades is testament to our commitment to MSC Gate and to our partnership with Bremerhaven. MSC Gate is an important part of MSC's growth strategy. With today's announcement, we are building on the solid foundation and track record of our partnership, which has been in place since 2004. We look forward to further strengthening the port's growth potential by investing in our terminal infrastructure and, most importantly, our people."
Florian Brandt, Managing Director of MSC Gate Bremerhaven: "The new contract is a strong signal and at the same time motivation to tackle the challenges of the future together with TiL and MSC and to move Bremerhaven forward. To this end, we have invested in new container gantry cranes and, most recently, 35 straddle carriers with hybrid propulsion and are currently jointly examining all options for further digitalization and gradual automation of handling operations in order to be able to meet the wishes and requirements of our customers even better in the future."
5G for the digitization of port logistics: Europe's leading shipping-independent container terminal operator EUROGATE has commissioned Deutsche Telekom to implement three 5G campus networks. At the ports in Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven, the 5G business customer solution "Campus network L" will improve mobile coverage at the container terminals. This will enable the container terminal operator to deploy digital logistics applications even more securely and flexibly in the future - with exclusive bandwidth, high availability and full 5G performance. To this end, EUROGATE will use its own 5G industrial frequencies in the 3.7 to 3.8 gigahertz (GHz) range for critical data traffic in addition to Telekom's public mobile network - for example, for the further digitization of handling processes or the closer networking of handling equipment with control and process control systems. The project has now been launched at a kick-off event at the Port of Hamburg.
The "Port-As-A-Service" project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) as part of the "Digital Test Fields in Ports" funding directive. Here, the establishment of digital test fields in ports is supported in order to create real test spaces for innovations in the field of Logistics 4.0. The realization of the 5G campus networks together with other digital infrastructure measures at EUROGATE with a project volume of EUR 3.7 million is being funded with EUR 2.9 million under the funding guideline and is being supported by TÜV Rheinland as the project sponsor of the funding guideline. The aim of "Port-As-A-Service" is to exploit the opportunities of digitalization for German seaports and to optimize investments in infrastructures. For EUROGATE, the opportunities here include:
- the networking of control and process control systems,
- the automation of container handling through the use of automated and/or autonomous port handling equipment,
- the support of container arrival and delivery by autonomous trucks,
- and connecting industrial port handling (IIOT) equipment to the cloud and using the data as part of a digital twin of a container terminal.
„An efficient and reliable technical infrastructure is the basis for making container handling at our terminals even more efficient and securing our competitiveness in the long term," says Michael Blach, Chairman of the EUROGATE Group Management Board. "Deutsche Telekom's 5G Campus networks will provide us with the best conditions for further automating our processes and testing innovative logistics solutions based on 5G“.
Light poles become 5G antenna carriers.
Telekom's campus networks will cover a total area of 5.6 million square meters at the three container terminals with the latest mobile communications standard. This corresponds to the size of around 785 soccer fields. On the one hand, existing mobile communications systems will be expanded on site. Secondly, Telekom is installing three additional 5G radio sites at each of the terminal sites in Bremerhaven (2.9 million square meters) and Hamburg (1.4 million square meters) and two in Wilhelmshaven (1.3 million square meters). The special feature here is that no new masts are being erected, but existing light poles are being used as supports for the powerful 5G antennas. The deployment of the three 5G campus networks will be completed by spring 2024.
"The 5G coverage of EUROGATE's container terminals is one of our largest campus network projects to date. It will enable EUROGATE to leverage the full potential of 5G to further optimize logistics processes and drive the digital transformation of port terminals," said Hagen Rickmann, Managing Director in the Business Customers division of Telekom Deutschland GmbH. "In addition to high-performance 5G connectivity and exclusive bandwidth, the network architecture of the three campus networks will offer a particularly high level of control over critical data traffic on the terminal site in the future."
Telekom will equip each of the port terminals with a dual-slice campus network. One of Telekom's public 5G networks will serve employees, external service providers, suppliers and customers, for example. The additional purely private 5G network is operated in the local 5G industrial spectrum in the 3.7 to 3.8 GHz range. Unlike Telekom's public 3.6 GHz spectrum, this is 5G spectrum made available specifically for industry by the Federal Network Agency. It provides exclusive committed network resources for EUROGATE's internal data traffic. Data runs over this part of the network separately and completely unaffected by public 5G data traffic. This means that EUROGATE basically has two 5G frequency bands and a total of around 190 MHz of bandwidth at its disposal.
In the project, Telekom will deploy a new network architecture for the first time as part of the 5G business customer solution "Campus-Netz L". This means that EUROGATE will benefit from lower infrastructure costs and greater technical flexibility at the same time through the use of a virtualized and dedicated campus core network. This network architecture enables a so-called CUPS solution (Control and User Plane Separation). It combines a central 5G core network within the Telekom network with a local user gateway for the customer. This means that the 5G campus network is managed centrally by Telekom, but the customer's own data remains exclusively on-site on its own campus. This provides EUROGATE with maximum security without the need to additionally invest in its own complete core network. The local user gateway also ensures low latencies: This is because the data takes the direct route from the end device via the private network to the customer's IT.
The 5G Campus solution enables EUROGATE to use exclusive SIM cards with unlimited data flat rates for networked devices. These guarantee maximum private 5G network performance with speeds of up to 1.5 GBit/s download per end device. The customer-specific SIM cards can be administered by EUROGATE via a self-service portal - for example for the allocation of authorizations or for prioritizing selected data within the private 5G network. Furthermore, EUROGATE benefits from service level agreements at the highest level including fixed contact persons and a 24/7 hotline of Telekom. All local network components, including the user gateway, are also redundant. This ensures the continuous availability and reliability of the network
3,500 trucks pass through the container terminals of the EUROGATE Group in Germany every day to deliver or collect containers. The previous access authorisation for this in the form of a plastic card, the so-called trucker card, will soon be obsolete, however, because EUROGATE will soon replace this form of authentication for its terminals with a new, completely digital solution.
In cooperation with CONROO, a specialist for digital handling at container terminals, depots and warehouses, EUROGATE has developed the 'Digital Trucker Card', which works as an app solution on all common mobile devices and covers the entire process, from registration and verification to route planning and on-site instructions. This app solution makes the time-consuming and paper-intensive administrative process of registration obsolete. At the same time, the processing of driving orders is considerably facilitated and accelerated through early information and matching regarding the gate and lanes. For this purpose, the DAKOSY slot booking procedure, which is already in use in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, will also be integrated into the digital trucker card.
One of the main innovation points and motivations for the introduction of this solution is the significantly increased security in the entire process at the EUROGATE container terminals.
The new app solution 'Digital Trucker Card' will be gradually introduced at all German terminal locations of the EUROGATE Group from the beginning of 2024. More detailed information on the start dates and changes to the existing process will be published separately for the respective locations at a later date.