Eurogate’s container throughput up 10.6% in 2007
German container terminal operator Eurogate handled 13.9 million TEUs across its nine European facilities in 2007, up 10.6 percent against 2006.
Eurogate’s terminals in German increased 12 percent last year to total 7.8 million TEUs. Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg’s volume improved 14.6 percent to 2.9 million TEUs, while the company’s Bremerhaven terminals gained 10.5 percent to 4.9 million TEUs. Eurogate attributed the growth to larger ships and more traffic to and from Eastern Europe and Russia.
Box volume at Italy’s Contship Italia S.p.A., in which Eurogate holds a 33.4 percent stake, increased 8.8 percent to 5.8 million TEUs.
While happy with his company’s growth, Eurogate Chairman Emanuel Schiffer said infrastructure development in Germany is lagging the pace of container volume growth at the country’s seaports, and he urged politicians to facilitate the timely completion of the JadeWeserPort deep-sea terminal in Wilhelmshaven.
“We have to recognize that what currently gratifies us on the one hand, will on the other hand pose challenges for us in the future,” he said.