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THE PORT OF TRIER:
A MOVING STORY

Eröffnung Schleuse Trier
Opening of the Moselle for inland waterway shipping. Left to right: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, German President Heinrich Lübke, French President Charles de Gaulle.

Einweihung Trierer Hafen
View of the inauguration ceremony and guests
Erste Schleusung in Trier
The first locking. The Trier weir is visible on the right.

1953

The decision is taken at European level to canalize the Moselle into a waterway.

1956

Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Luxembourg to make the Moselle navigable for 1,500-ton vessels.

1957

The planning association of the Trier valley produces a site assessment for construction of the public port.

1958

The Trier district assembly approves the commercial port project in Trier-Pfalzel.

1962

Founding of the Trierer Hafengesellschaft mbH (Trier port company). The company is administered jointly by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the city of Trier, the district of Trier and the municipal authorities of Ehrang and Pfalzel.

Foundation of “TRILAG” – Trierer Umschlags- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH (Trier transloading and warehouse company), now Schenker.

Establishment of the special-purpose association for business development in the Port of Trier zone.

1963

Ground-breaking ceremony in Trier for construction of the port.

1964

Recognition of the port as an intervention and trading site for cereals and animal feed.

Opening of the Moselle to inland waterway shipping.

Zettelmayer, subsequently Pfalz-Mosel-Mischwerke GmbH & Co. KG and now Basalt AG, establishes a presence at the site.

Einweihungsfeier am Hafen Trier 1965
Inauguration ceremony at the Port of Trier.
20-millionste Tonne Umschlag am Hafen Trier
The 20 millionth ton of cargo is transloaded in the port.

1965 

Trier industrial port opens after a construction period of only two years.

The motor vessel Wilhelm Droste enters the Port of Trier with a cargo of gravel, the first commercial transloading operation in the port.

1969

The law governing the German federal and regional governments’ joint scheme for improving regional economic structures comes into force.

Mineral oil company Boger establishes an oil refinery on the site. The refinery is now managed by VARO Energy.

1970

Michelin Reifenwerke AG and the Moselle steelworks both establish a presence on the site.

1971

Mead Verpackung GmbH, now WESTROCK, establishes a presence on the site.

1973

A scrap and metal processing company establishes a presence on the site.

1977

The scrap and metal processing business is taken over by Theo Steil GmbH.

1983

Extension of the B53 highway with the Port of Trier section.

1988

Vanck establishes a presence on the site.

1993

A transloading volume of around 980,000 tons is reached, the best result ever up to this point.

1995

Launch of construction of the Trier freight transport centre.

1997

Establishment of the Trierer Container Terminal GmbH (Trier container terminal company).

1998

Opening of the trimodal container terminal.

AVK, now Eu-Rec plast GmbH, establishes a presence on the site.

Trierer Hafen 2002
Aerial view of the port, 2002.
Luftaufnahmen vom Hafen Trier 2006
Aerial view of the port, 2006.

2002

Steil erects the shredder plant.

Luxport S.A. becomes a shareholder in Trierer Container Terminal GmbH.

The port company celebrates its 40th anniversary.

2003

Enlargement of the port basin – establishment of a new transloading point.

2005

The port company enters the real estate business, leasing logistics properties to customers. At around 1,085,000 tons, waterside transloading passes the million-ton mark for the first time.

2011

Start of expansion of the west quay and the additional 22,000 square metres of cargo handling area.

Completion of the first new lock chamber in Zeltingen.

2012

Completion of the cargo handling area and the west quay. The port company celebrates its fiftieth birthday.

2014

50th anniversary of the Moselle inland waterway.

2015

Launch of the Am Zehnhoff-Söns (AZS) terminal operator with the multimodal terminal at the Port of Trier.

2017

First container train link from the Port of Trier to Rotterdam.

2019

First container train link from the port of Trier to Antwerp.

2020

The Port of Trier celebrates its 55th anniversary.
“Strong economy, strong port”

Trierer Hafen
Aerial view of the Port of Trier, 2018

55-jähriges Jubiläum des Hafen Trier