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Port of Hamburg cargo tops all on Northern Range, says port authority

2019-11-29

THE Port of Hamburg seaborne cargo increased 3.2 per cent year on year in the first nine months of the year to 104 million tons, outperforming Northern Range rivals, reports the American Journal of Transportation.


Container volume was up 6.9 per cent year on year to seven million TEU as Hamburg regained market share, rising 0.7 per cent points in competition with other major container ports, whose growth averaged 3.4 per cent.


"The Port Railway managed to top its own record of 694,500 containers, set in the first quarter of 2019, by shifting 698,500 containers in the third," said Hamburg Port Authority CEO Jens Meier.


Rail freight volume rose 11.9 per cent to 2.1 million TEU in the first nine months, these attained 11.9 per cent growth. At 31.6 million tons - down 2.1 per cent - bulk cargo throughput was slightly below last year's.


Container volume growth was attributable to the four new transatlantic services and four new Baltic services. Since the beginning of the year, these transatlantic services operated by Hapag-Lloyd and ONE linked Hamburg to ports in the US, Canada and Mexico.


In the first three-quarters, 439,000 TEU were handled on container services with the US, Hamburg's second most important trading partner, a jump of 325 per cent.


"Including the existing liner services, in Hamburg we can offer port customers a total of 14 direct links with 29 ports in the US, Mexico and Canada," said Port of Hamburg joint CEO Vingo Egloff.


"An additional 15 feeder and liner services in the first nine months provide a clear indication that the Port of Hamburg is now even more attractive for shipping and shippers," he said.


The large number of feeder connections with the Baltic and other regions of Europe gives Hamburg an essential function as a cargo hub, he said.


"At 2.6 million TEU for the first nine months, the 4.3 per cent advance in transshipment handling during the first three quarters contributed to the satisfactory result," said Mr Egloff.


With the start of the expansion measures for dredging the fairway on the lower and outer Elbe, Mr Egloff noted that during the first three quarters, the number of calls by 18,000 TEUers plus increased 18.3 per cent to 123.


During the first three quarters of 2109, Hamburg's transshipments were up 4.3 per cent. Transporting 4.4 million TEU in the first nine months, landside seaport-hinterland services achieved 8.6 per cent growth.


Bulk cargo was down 2.1 per cent to 31.6 million tons. but bulk imports were up 1.1 per cent to 24.8 million tons with grain and oilfruits up eight per cent to 3.2 million tons.


Coal, coke and ores were down by 3.1 per cent at 14.4 million tons, while liquid bulk was up 7.7 per cent to 7.2 million tons.


Low water on the Rhine reduced volumes of barge traffic from German ports to the west, thus boosting rail freight from Hamburg.


On the export side, a total of 6.8 million tons of bulk cargo was handled in the first nine months. This was 12.3 per cent lower. This weak total for exports was caused mainly by downturns in grain handling caused by poor harvests.


 
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