German carrier Hapag-Lloyd will acquire 30 percent stake in Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (CTW), and 50 percent of the shares of Rail Terminal Wilhelmshaven (RTW) at JadeWeserPort. Terminal operator Eurogate will continue to hold the remaining shares, according to a statement issued by Hapag-Llyod.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price, the statement added. No other details were available immediately.

Holger Banik, managing director, JadeWeserPort-Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG, said: “I am very pleased that the shipping company Hapag-Lloyd appreciates the great potential of Germany’s only deep-water container port and wants to use it. With its modern infrastructure and the superstructure of the terminal operator, JadeWeserPort Wilhelmshaven offers ideal conditions for handling its large container ships as well. The task now is to further develop this port infrastructure in proven co-operation with EUROGATE.“

Hapag had ordered 75,000 TEU dry boxes last month to ease the scarcity of empty containers.

Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet of 250 container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.8 million TEU. The company has around 13,400 employees and 394 offices in 130 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.8 million TEU including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers.

The move earlier this month by Hapag-Lloyd to follow French carrier CMA CGM by announcing a halt in spot rate increases as container freight prices on most trade routes hover at record highs has left the industry grappling for answers.

The supply line crisis hitting the global economy is now facing a new crisis – almost 150 ships are anchored around key ports in China – Shanghai & Ningbo – to load containers, according to eeSea, a company that analyses carrier schedules. There are now over 240 container ships waiting for berths across China, eeSea data show.

Source : ITLN