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ECT at the forefront of container handling for 50 years

Leo Ruijs - Chief Executive Officer ECT

This year, ECT celebrates its 50th anniversary. Half a century ago, six companies joined forces to form a separate company - Europe Container Terminus – dedicated to the unloading and loading of what was a new phenomenon at the time: the container. With that, container handling became an established activity in Rotterdam.

ECT has built container handling from the ground up in Rotterdam. And from the very start, we have also been a pioneer worldwide. It all started in the Eemhaven port area near the city centre, where we experienced tremendous growth from 1967 onwards. In 1984, we made the transition to a then empty Maasvlakte. At the time, the entire logistics sector was sceptical:  too far from civilisation, was the general notion. ECT has proven the naysayers wrong.

In the early nineties, we introduced the automated terminal concept at the Maasvlakte. For years, we were the only terminal operator in the world to combined human labour and automation in such an innovative manner. It was not until the last decade that other parties started to follow suit.

Now, in 2016, we are leading the way by looking beyond the water side through European Gateway Services. By also organising the hinterland logistics, we bind cargo to our terminals, offer customers an optimally accessible Europe through synchromodality and anticipate social trends such as improved capacity utilisation and sustainability.

Reflecting on our still young history, 50 years is a momentous milestone. At the same time, it is a marker for the future. We have deliberately chosen ‘Connecting the Future’ as the theme for our jubilee year. In an increasingly competitive environment, ECT aims to continue leading the way in the future as well.

The challenges are substantial. Developments are going faster and faster, new technologies are constantly making the world smaller and smaller. Transparency and cooperation are increasingly gaining in importance. Not only on the water side, but also in terms of handling cargo flows right throughout the supply chain. By sharing knowledge, experience and resources, ECT together with customers and logistics partners wants to ensure that one plus one continues to equal three in the future as well.

On our journey, our 50-year anniversary constitutes a milestone that we can rightfully reflect on with pride. With respect for our achievements so far, but even more so with attention for our further development in view of the future. After all, ECT is only 50 years young!

Leo Ruijs
Chief Executive Officer ECT

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