May 5, 1966 is a historic date: the dawn of the era of containerized transport in Germany. 50 years ago on this date, the first dedicated container ship was unloaded at Bremen’s Überseehafen by Bremer Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft (today BLG Logistics). Since then, containerization has gone on to revolutionize global trade and transport, and also helped to enable Germany to become an export powerhouse. The idea was as simple as it was revolutionary: cargo packed in a standardized steel box could be transferred to any transportation mode anywhere in the world. The standardization of processes accelerated the global transport chain and made globalization possible. In Germany, Bremer Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft pioneered this process. Although many players in the shipping and transport industries initially viewed the new steel box with skepticism, BLG’s management grasped the potential early on. Over time, the pioneer became one of the world’s largest shipping line-independent container terminal operators, the EUROGATE Group. EUROGATE was founded in 1999 as a joint venture of the container divisions of BLG Logistics, Bremen, and Hamburg-based EUROKAI, and is today active in eleven seaports in Germany and Europe, including Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s only deep-water port. As container cargos boomed, container handling was relocated from Bremen to Bremerhaven. Today, Bremerhaven is Europe’s fourth largest container port. Over 100 million standard containers (TEU) have been handled here to date. Under the patronage of Martin Günthner, Bremen’s Senator for Economy, Labor and Ports, BLG Logistics and EUROGATE will celebrate this historic event “50 Years of Container Handling in Germany” on May 4, 2016 at the BLG Forum, Bremen. This anniversary event is also supported by the port management company bremenports and other enterprises.