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“Not yet the success story we wished for,” is how a German minister describes the deepwater JadeWeserPort, which opened in September. So far, it has handled just 33,000 containers, on behalf of its main shareholder, AP Moeller-Maersk. Although it can handle the world’s biggest ships, the operator Eurogate is remaining tight-lipped over this year’s volume forecasts – merely saying it hopes to get a second shipping line. As described in The Loadstar last year, it was a “speculative build” – nevertheless, the port remains optimistic.