The Ocean Alliance is preparing for its first scheduled call at Eurogate Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven with shipping lines trying to coordinate processes ahead of the visit in May.
Before the OOCL Tianjin vessel arrives, carriers are running trials with preparations including deliveries of empty equipment, which local consignors collect from the container terminal for packing at their warehouses.
This ensures that full containers are ready and waiting to be loaded onto the vessel.
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) delivered around 400 empty containers aboard the OOCL Europe in April.
The initial phase of empty container deliveries is meant to underpin the conceptual integration of Wilhelmshaven into the Ocean Alliance network,
Frank Rose, regional group operations manager at OOCL, said: “Preliminary bookings for the month of May are looking good and there is a high demand for equipment.”
Mikkel Andersen, managing director of Eurogate Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven, stated that the preparations were to ensure that “all handling operations run smoothly from the first scheduled call”.
“The docking of the ‘OOCL Europe’ shows that our combined efforts are worthwhile,” he added. “We are pleased that the Ocean Alliance is undertaking extensive preparations for the new service.”
In addition to OOCL, other shipping lines such as CMA CGM and Unifeeder have been testing out handling processes at the terminal.