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Over 50 years of milestones

Over 50 years of milestones



9 November 2020

First ship in deepened Amazonehaven

Last Saturday, November 7, 2020, the NYK Wren, a container vessel with a draft of 16.1 meters, moored in the deepened Amazonehaven, alongside the quay of the ECT Delta terminal.

The dredging works, carried out by Van Oord on behalf of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and ECT, was completed two weeks earlier than originally planned.

13 October 2020

10 years of European Gateway Services

European Gateway Services is celebraiting its 10 year anniversary! In 2010 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam founded European Gateway Services as a transport product to better serve our clients. Now, EGS offers a wide variety of intermodal and synchromodal transport connections between all deepsea terminals in the port of Rotterdam and Antwerp and the leading economic centres of Western and Central Europe. 


7 July 2020

Largest container ships in the world visit the ECT Delta terminal

Four of the newest 24.000 TEU class container ships, the biggest in the world, from shipping company HMM will call at the ECT Delta terminal during their maiden voyage in the coming period.

23 June 2020

Barge Transferium Maasvlakte launched

Barge Transferium Maasvlakte (BTM) has been launched at the ECT Delta terminal since early June. The BTM is a collaboration between Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) and a consortium of inland terminals and barge operators. The BTM contributes to an efficient and reliable handling of barges in the port of Rotterdam.


15 July 2019

Intercity Barge; more than 100.000 containers transported

Since last year is the Intercity Barge a proven success and shows that reliable barge services within the Port of Rotterdam area and the vicinity of the port can help to strengthen the supply chain.

This barge service connects the terminals of Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam at the Maasvlakte with the terminals and depots in the Waal-/Eemhaven area, Botlek area, Merwedehaven, Ridderkerk and Alblasserdam.

13 July 2019

Maidencall Ever Glory at ECT

Entirely 'green', Evergreen Line's Ever Glory was moored today on its maiden trip at the ECT Delta terminal of Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT). The Ever Glory is Evergreen’s first 20,000 TEU vessel that is also equipped with scrubbers. The arrival of the Ever Glory also marks the 40-year relationship between Evergreen Line and ECT. That relationship began 40 years ago with the arrival of the Ever Vital; many ships would follow.

1 July 2019

New railconnection with Munich

Together with partners, European Gateway Services (EGS), part of Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam, is launching a new rail connection between Rotterdam and Munich. The new rail service replaces the existing connection with Munich and strengthens the rail product between Munich and Rotterdam.

6 June 2019

New website EGS live

The new website of European Gateway Services (EGS) is live. The website can be reached via

11 April 2019

Limburg Express launched; new inland shipping connection between Rotterdam and Limburg

European Gateway Services (EGS), Barge Terminal Born and Danser Group have been joining forces and are offering a reliable transport corridor between Rotterdam and Limburg by means of the Limburg Express. In Rotterdam, the Limburg Express calls at the Hutchison Ports ECT Delta terminal and in Limburg at the inland barge terminals in Venlo and Born.

24 January 2019

EGS offers synchromodal transport to and from Southern Germany

European Gateway Services (EGS) connects Rotterdam with the south of Germany by means of both rail and inland shipping. Through the deployment of various modalities, EGS is able to optimally respond to the wishes of customers and to current conditions. ECT consequently offers its customers a flexible network rather than just a connection.

18 January 2019

ECT welcomes the EVER Gifted

Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) welcomes the EVER Gifted from container shipping line Evergreen on her maiden call. The vessel, with a capacity of around 20,000 TEU, makes its first roundtrip from Asia. Rotterdam is the first European port of call. The EVER Gifted is handled at the ECT Euromax terminal, with an 8-crane operation.
On this trip, the vessel will bring 6,000 import containers to Rotterdam via ECT. On the way back, after a visit to Hamburg and Felixstowe, the EVER Gifted will call at the ECT Delta to load 6,000 export containers.


16 October 2018

ECT launches app

As of now, the ECT app is available in the app stores. The app currently offers service messages, news items and an FAQ. With the app, all users – also those on the move – can keep up-to-date with the latest developments at our terminals.

9 May 2018

ECT expands fixed windows pilot for inland shipping

Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) is expanding the pilot with fixed windows for inland vessels with large call sizes. The pilot, which commenced in January of this year, has proven successful and ECT is now ready to embark on a next phase. In this next phase, the number of participants in the pilot will be expanded and further testing will take place on tighter and new rules

11 April 2018

EGS wins German Dutch Logistics Award

European Gateway Services (EGS) has won the first German Dutch Logistics Award for its vision on synchromodal transport and the way in which it is put into practice.

14 February 2018

ECT recruits 100 operational employees

Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) is building the future and will recruit 100 operational employees. For the first time since 2008, current and expected volumes justify the hiring of operational employees again.


23 June 2017

Maiden Call OOCL Hong Kong

Maiden Call at the ECT Euromax Terminal. With a capacity of 21.413 TEU, the OOCL Hong Kong is the largest container ship in the world.

12 March 2017

8- cranes operation at de ECT Euromax terminal

At the ECT Euromax terminal, an 8-cranes operation has been applied to the Al Zubara (UASC). Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam increasingly puts 7 or 8 cranes on the ECT terminals to handle the largest ships of her customers.

1 January 2017



11 November 2016

Rebranding 2016

Our parent company Hutchison Ports Holdings changed its name to Hutchison Ports and introduced a new corporate identity in 2016. The new corporate identity expresses the goal of expanding more as a unit worldwide. The new corporate identity will be implemented at all terminals and ports of Hutchison Ports. The same applies to ECT and its maritime- and hinterland terminals. ECT is now called Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam

11 May 2016

Strategic cooperation

Cosco Ports (Rotterdam) has taken a 35% stake in the Hutchison Ports ECT Euromax terminal. This strategy partnership provides benefits for both parties.

1 January 2016

50th anniversary ECT

ECT celebrates its 50th anniversary! The container changed the world, ECT changed the world of the container. And with a view to the future ECT will continue to do so. 50 years ECT. Connecting the Future.



30 September 2015

Closure City Terminal

The CMA CGM Sambhar is the last deepsea ship to call at the ECT City Terminal in the Eemhaven. Capitalising on the ever-expanding increase in scale, ECT definitely relocates the remaining operations still taking place in the city to its two deepsea terminals at the Maasvlakte. After nearly 50 years, the ECT City Terminal - better known as the Home Terminal - closes its gates.

Departure last ship

Salute to the last ship


12 March 2015

Opening EGS office in Munich

European Gateway Services (EGS) opens an office in Munich. This allows EGS to anticipate the wishes of the customer better and faster, among other reasons because knowledge of the local market is combined with knowledge of the processes in Rotterdam.




24 September 2014

ECT Versus PoR

ECT and the Port of Rotterdam Authority end their long-running dispute over the expansion of capacity in the port of Rotterdam.

2 September 2014

150.000.000 TEU

ECT handles the 150 millionth TEU since its inception. This makes ECT the first container terminal operator in Europe to achieve this unique milestone.
“The milestone of 150 million TEU symbolises the power of teamwork: of our staff, who organise the unloading and loading 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and of our customers, who have already been putting their confidence in ECT for almost 50 years now.”

Banner 150,000,000 TEU

7 April 2014

Amazonehaven widened

The Amazonehaven port basin is widened. This allows ECT to better handle ULCS. ECT also has its own extensive ULCS programme aimed at better serving the larger and larger seagoing vessels and offering customers optimum service levels.

Marco Polo - Amazonehaven

The Amazonehaven

14 January 2014

Arrival of giant cranes

After a two-month voyage, five new quay cranes arrive at the ECT Delta Terminal. The cranes are part of a larger investment programme of ECT; the ULCS upgrade programme, which enables ECT to offer its customers a state-of-the-art terminal that is ready for the future.










Arrival Giant Cranes


5 September 2013

1,000,000th truck move at the Euromax Terminal

The Euromax Terminal handles its one millionth container and from then on unloads containers remotely from the office using monitors.

4 June 2013

Introduction ShoreTension

ECT participates in a holding company for the global exploitation of ShoreTension: an invention of Rotterdam’s boatmen for the safe mooring of vessels.

ShoreTension - How it works





22 February 2012

Introduction hybrid AGV

The hybrid AGV is introduced. This is an important next step in sustainable terminal automation.

Hybride AGV

The hybrid AGV


30 June 2011

AEO Status

The ECT Delta Terminal and the Euromax Terminal Rotterdam are officially recognised as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) by Customs. This means the two ECT terminals can count on major customs simplifications, allowing them to even better fulfil their role in global logistics chains.

12 January 2011

100,000 containers in 1 week

ECT starts the year with a throughput record: at the three deepsea terminals (ECT City Terminal, ECT Delta Terminal and Euromax Terminal Rotterdam), more than 100,000 containers are handled in a single week. That is a line of containers stretching from the Maasvlakte all the way to Berlin.

Cover special Fast Forward



11 November 2010

Lean & Green Award

ECT wins the first Lean & Green Award, an initiative aimed to promote sustainability in the logistics sector. Later, ECT will also win the Lean and Green Star and the Personal Mobility Award (for its company-organised transport).

Lean & Green logo

logo Lean & Green

1 August 2010

Establishment European Gateway Services (EGS)

Through the launch of subsidiary company European Gateway Services (EGS), ECT introduces a new service for its customers. EGS specialises in synchromodal transport - rail, barge and truck - to the European hinterland.



1 October 2008

Introduction electronic data exchange

To ensure optimal service rendering, ECT makes 100% electronic data exchange mandatory at all of its deepsea terminals.

5 September 2008

Festive opening Euromax and DBF

The Euromax Terminal and Delta Barge Feeder Terminal are spectacularly opened. For the Euromax, the CKYH alliance (Cosco, "K" Line, Yan Ming and Hanjin) is the partner of ECT. The Barge Feeder Terminal further increases ECT’s significance as a European feeder hub.


1 July 2004


ECT meets the global ISPS Code for an improved security of terminals and ships against terrorism.



1 January 2002

ECT becomes part of HPH

Hutchison Port Holdings acquires a majority of ECT shares. ECT with that becomes an integral part of this Hong Kong-based global company. From now on, the letters ECT stand for Europe Container Terminals.

HPH Worldmap

HPH Worldmap

ECT corporate mark

Logo ECT


30 November 2000

Commissioning Rail Service Centre

Accross from the ECT Delta Terminal, ECT takes the Rail Service Centre Maasvlakte in use.

Opening RSC

Fireworks during the official opening




30 September 1999

New owners

ECT gets new owners: Hutchison Port Holdings, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, ABN AMRO and Stichting Werknemersaandelen ECT.

16 September 1999

Commissioning DDW

At the Delta Terminal, the first 450 metres of the new Delta Dedicated West (DDW) are taken into use. To make efficient use of the space, ECT starts stacking four-high here. Top chess players Kasparov and Timman play a chess game at the Delta Terminal using containers which have been tranformed into chess pieces.
The chess game

25 August 1999

Inlandterminals in Duisburg and Willebroek

ECT opens its own inland terminals in Duisburg (Germany) and Willebroek (Belgium).

DeCeTe right up to your frontdoor


26 May 1997

Introduction Cargo Card

The Cargo Card - a biometric identification card for truck drivers - is introduced. This card stands for safety as well as for time saving. Truck drivers do not need to more from their cabin, but identify with their left hand.

Identification from the cabin with the CargoCard




26 September 1996

Opening Delta Dedicated East

Delta Dedicated East (DDE) is launched. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. The first customer is the Global Alliance – the shipping lines Nedlloyd, APL, MOL MISC and OOCL.


25 June 1993

Commissioning Delta/Sea-Land Terminal

The automated Delta / Sea-Land terminal is commissioned. The official opening is performed by Queen Beatrix. This is the first automated terminal in the world.

20 years of automation (2013)



1 July 1989

Merger ECT, Quick Dispatch and Müller Thomsen

ECT merges with Quick Dispatch and Müller Thomsen. This gives the acronym ECT a new meaning: Europe Container Terminus changes to Europe Combined Terminals.

The twistlock has been the symbol of ECT for years. After the merge ECT uses the bollard as the new symbol.


14 April 1988

25-year contract ECT and Sea-Land

ECT and Sea-Land sign a new 25-year contract. The shipping line is given an exclusive terminal at the Maasvlakte which features an unprecedented automated concept with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs).

Artist impression of concept AGV



29 March 1985

Opening ECT Delta Terminal

Mayor Peper of Rotterdam officially opens the Delta Terminal. It is the start of a new era for ECT.


28 December 1983

Record: 1,000,000 containers

For the first time ever, ECT handles more than 1 million containers in one year. This is still done entirely at the Eemhaven, already known as the Home Terminal for some time.

The 1.000.000th container of 1983



27 August 1982

Venlo as inland terminal

In Venlo, ECT takes a rail terminal into use as a consolidation and distribution point for container cargo to and from Germany and the rest of the Eruopean hinterland. Adding Venlo to the network was part of the strategy of ECT to maintain the competitive position of Rotterdam. This inland terminal is still owned by ECT and is part of the network of EGS.

Venlo Terminal

Venlo Terminal in 1982


Melons by barge - Inland terminal Venlo

28 April 1982

Start construction Delta Terminal

On the 28th of April, the festive starting signal is given for the construction of the Delta Terminal at the Maasvlakte. ECT had already been approached numerous times by the municipality of Rotterdam in the past with the proposal to relocate the company from the Eemhaven to the Maasvlakte to solve the structural space problem there.

Constructing the Delta Terminal 

Official start of construction



1 October 1980

Introduction of five-shift system

ECT is the first company where this system is introduced. After completing a day shift, workers would return home five days a week, two more than in the four-shift system. Workers also no longer worked seven shifts back to back, but five. All this was aimed at promoting the social wellbeing of the employees.


23 December 1974

Record: 500,000 containers in one year

For the first time ever, ECT handles 500,000 containers in a single year. A true record at this time! De container was owned by shipping line Delta-Sealand.

500.000ste container

Container 500,000



1 January 1971

Own Collective Labour Agreement for ECT

As of the 1st of January, ECT gets its own collective labour agreement for the first time. This makes it possible to truly operate around the clock - seven days a week, 24 hours a day. That takes place in a three-shift operation.


27 April 1970

Own terminal for shipping line Sea-Land

Within the ECT complex at the Eemhaven, shipping line Sea-Land gets its own terminal at the Prins Willem-Alexanderhaven. The facility is officially opened by Princess Margriet on the 27th of April.

Rederij SeaLand krijgt eigen terminal

Princess Margriet performed the opening



31 August 1967

ECT gets own terminal at Prinses Margriethaven

In the course of 1967, ECT gets its own terminal at the Prinses Margriethaven. On the 31st of August, the Atlantic Span of shipping line ACL is the first ship to moor here. At the time ECT has one crane.
ECT krijgt eigen terminal aan Prinses Margriethaven

De Atlantic Span of shipping line ACL


3 May 1966

MS Fairland in the port of Rotterdam

The MS Fairland of shipping line Sea-Land visits the port of Rotterdam; this is generally considered the start of container liner shipping. The ship moors at Quick Dispatch in the Eemhaven port area. It sparks a revolution in Rotterdam’s cargo handling sector and spurs Dutch railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Quick Dispatch, Thomsen's Havenbedrijven, Cornelis Swarttouw, Müller-Progress and Pakhuismeesteren to seriously focus on this new activity through the company specifically established for this purpose: Europe Container Terminus (ECT)

MS Fairland

MS Fairland in the Eemhaven