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China’s maritime influence in Europe

For the people in the Wilhelmshaven region, it’s a great hope – for Brussels, a political annoyance. China Logistics, one of the largest Chinese logistics companies, is investing €100 million in the Jade-Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven. It is the only deep-water container port in Germany. This means it is independent of high and low tides. With the liner services of the Ocean Alliance and 2M shipping consortia, the destinations of Ningbo, Xingang, Dalian, Shanghai, Yantian, Xiamen, and Hong Kong can be reached directly via Wilhelmshaven. Actually, the construction work was supposed to start last April and daily operations were to start this year. China Logistics, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Chengtong Holding Group (CCT), has signed a ground lease contract for 20 hectares of land at the Jade-Weser-Port Wilhelmshaven freight village (GVZ). The logistics center “China Logistics-Wilhelmshaven Hub” was to use 40,000 square meters of hall space and 110,000 square meters of uncovered storage space for handling Chinese goods. In a second construction phase, a further hall with 20,000 square meters of space is planned. The total investment volume for the project is around €100 million. The long-term goal of the Chinese partners is to handle around 100,000 TEU per year. The site will be provided with a rail connection so that rail traffic from China can be directed to Wilhelmshaven in the medium term.

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