Bremische Hafenvertretung (BHV), which represents logistics, port and transport companies from Bremen and Bremerhaven, has expressed concerns over the possible cooperation between Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA), Eurokai and BLG Logistics Group.

In late May, HHLA confirmed that the terminal operator is in “open-ended” talks about a strategic cooperation with Eurokai and BLG – co-owners of Eurogate. “The three companies are exchanging their views on the opportunities of a closer cooperation in their container businesses,” said HHLA.

While the talks are still at the very early stage, BHV board member Christoph Bruns has criticised the lack of “transparent political discussion about the expected effects on the Bremerhaven location and thus on the Bremen port and logistics industry as a whole”.

He explained that such a cooperation can “have a significant impact on the three German container ports in Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven.”

The executive board of BHV has posed several questions about the discussions, namely whether BLG will continue to hold its 50 percent stake in Eurogate or sell its shares to HHLA, and whether any change of ownership will only affect the Hamburg operations.