Change of managing directors in Bremerhaven and Hamburg: Peter Zielinski, Managing Director at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg since 1999, will retire on 31 December 2016. The new man taking over from him at the Hamburg Terminal is his Bremerhaven colleague Wolfgang Schiemann, who is returning to the Elbe after 12 years away. Wolfgang Schiemann will for his part hand over the reins of Eurogate Container Terminal Bremerhaven to the present operations manager Manuela Drews (see photo) from 1 January 2017.
Manuela Drews, born in 1978, has been operations manager and authorised representative at Eurogate Container Terminal Bremerhaven since April 2010. After graduating as an industrial engineer at the University of Applied Sciences in Emden, with semesters abroad in Groningen (Netherlands) and Leicester (UK), she joined the Eurogate Group as a junior manager on the trainee programme in 2003. In January 2008, she started at Eurogate Container Terminal Bremerhaven as Head of Operations. In addition to her responsibilities as operations manager, Manuela Drews is also a customs agent and a member of the board of the Bremerhaven Port Tunnel Association.
Wolfgang Schiemann, born in 1955, was operations manager at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg from 2000 to 2004. In July 2004, he was appointed Managing Director at Eurogate Container Terminal Bremerhaven. Schiemann is also an experienced seafarer. Born in Wismar, he went to sea at the age of 17 and started his vocational training as a sailor in Rostock on ships belonging to the then state shipping line DSR. Following his training as a nautical officer and his active service in merchant shipping, he served at the seaport of Rostock from 1983 and with the Ministry of Transport in the former GDR. After German reunification, he moved to Hamburg and joined Eurokai, where he became operations manager at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg in 2000.
Eurogate is the leading, shipping line independent container terminal logistics group in Europe. Jointly with the Italian terminal operator Contship Italia, the company operates a network of eleven container terminals from the North Sea coast to the Mediterranean area. In addition to container handling services at the seaports, Eurogate offers intermodal transport and cargomodal services. Founded in 1999, the group handled 14.6 million TEU Europe-wide in 2015.