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Hapag-Lloyd takes over Maersk stake in JadeWeserPort terminals

Hapag-Lloyd is investing in the JadeWeserPort deepwater port in Wilhelmshaven just days after Cosco acquired a stake in a rival container port in Hamburg. The company is taking over 30% of the container terminal and 50% of the shares of the rail terminal at JadeWeserPort.

Hapag-Lloyd took over the shares from Maersk’s APM Terminals, but it is not known how much the Hamburg-based liner paid. The remaining 70% is to remain with the Bremen terminal operator, Eurogate.

Subject to approval by the antitrust authorities, contract closing is expected within a few months.

JadeWeserPort is located at the German Bight in Wilhelmshaven, on the North Sea coast of Germany. Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven are competitors in container handling and so far, Hapag-Lloyd has mainly handled containers in Hamburg.

A Hapag-Lloyd spokesperson said the company will not speculate about any possible impacts for Hamburg or Wilhelmshaven.

Last week, rival Cosco, through its terminal operator, Cosco Shipping Ports Limited (CSPL), struck a deal with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) to acquire a 35% stake in HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT), marking the first investment by a non-German operator into the country’s main container port.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. JadeWeserPort has a handling capacity of 2.7 million TEU. Since it was opened in 2012, the port has never managed more than a million TEU, mostly significantly less. Maersk is the largest container shipping company in the world, Hapag-Lloyd ranks fifth by a large margin. So the question arises whether the takeover of Maersk shares by Hapag-Lloyd will not weaken the port any further.

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