EECV terminal gets new ship unloader

Thyssenkrupp Steel is investing a mid double-digit million euro sum in the modernization of the EECV terminal in Rotterdam.

As part of this, the Ertsoverslagbedrijf Europoort C.V. (EECV) terminal will receive a new ship unloader. At 77 m high, it is one of the largest in its class. It is being supplied by the Italian manufacturer Bedeschi[ds_preview].

The grab crane, which has been specially tailored to EECV, is due to go into operation at the beginning of 2026 and will reportedly play a central role in the handling of around 24 million tons of iron ore and coal every year.

Bedeschi Germany is responsible for the engineering of the seagoing ship unloader. If everything goes according to plan, the ship unloader will be delivered to the quay wall at the EECV terminal in Europoort Rotterdam and assembled at the end of 2025. After a test phase, it will then be put into operation.

Investment in a sustainable supply of raw materials

By investing a mid-double-digit million euro amount in the new seagoing ship unloader, thyssenkrupp Steel says it is setting the course for modernizing the infrastructure on the almost 100-hectare terminal site. The logistics company handles around 24 million tons of iron ore and coal per year for steel production in the Ruhr region. Four grab cranes are available for this purpose. One of them is now being replaced by a more powerful model.

With an overall height of 77 m and a 98 m long crane bridge, the ship unloader is one of the largest in its class. Thanks to a rail gauge of 21.5 m, the crane achieves a reach of 38 m on the sea side and 19 m on the land side. It has a lifting capacity of 60 tons on the ropes and unloads 2,600 tons of iron ore and 1,800 tons of coal per hour.

About EECV

Ertsoverslagbedrijf Europoort C.V. (EECV) is a Dutch logistics subsidiary of Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe and Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann. The company operates one of the largest and most modern bulk cargo handling facilities in Europe and the second largest bulk cargo terminal in the port of Rotterdam on the almost 100-hectare terminal site in the Europoort area of the port of Rotterdam with around 300 employees. EECV handles around 24 million tons of iron ore and coal for steel production every year, which the push boat shipping company Thyssenkrupp Veerhaven transports to the Ruhr region via the Rhine.

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Caption: The EECV terminal receives a new ship unloader