The Port Authority of Rotterdam has announced that Ulrich Reuter will represent the port in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Reuter’s appointment will be effective on 1 December, thereby succeeding Wolfgang Hönemann who held the position for the past five years and recently retired.
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is an important hinterland region for the Port of Rotterdam.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has agreements with several ports in North Rhine-Westphalia on optimising logistics connections, digitalisation and energy transition.
Reuter was a member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia for several years, where he mainly dealt with infrastructure and logistics.
In the near future, German policy around the energy transition may have a major impact on laws and regulations and thus on the infrastructural and logistical connections between Rotterdam and North Rhine-Westphalia.
Reuter will be the point of contact for the state’s industry, industry associations, authorities, carriers, operators, shippers, and forwarders.
Reuter, who represents the Port of Rotterdam, will concentrate on future network growth in the region, particularly in local politics.
Matthijs van Doorn, Vice President Commercial of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “We welcome the arrival of Ulrich Reuter. With his extensive network and political experience, he will make an important contribution to strengthening the relationship with our partners in North Rhine-Westphalia.
“Especially in the field of digitalisation and energy transition, it is important to work together and share our knowledge and expertise to overcome common challenges.”