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World's Largest Container Ship Calls At Hamburg During Maiden Voyage

With CSCL GLOBE, the Port of Hamburg will be handling a 19,100-TEU vessel for the first time until 15 January

CSCL Globe currently the world’s largest container ship operating in a liner service. The vessel is deployed in the Europe-East Asia trade. This year, China will again be further expanding its position as Hamburg’s leading trading partner for container traffic. On the basis of the first evaluation of 2014 throughput figures for container traffic with China, Port of Hamburg Marketing assumes that the mark of three million TEU will be reached.

19,100 Containers On A Single Vessel

As the new giant of the seas, CSCL GLOBE has dimensions of around 400 metres in length, 59 metres in width, and a draft of 16 metres. A slot capacity of 19,100 TEU makes this newly built vessel for China Shipping Container Lines one of the world’s largest container ships. It will be discharging and loading around 11,000 TEU during its first call at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg.

“During the next few years, we are reckoning with ongoing growth on the East Asia-Europe trade route and want to further expand our market share on this rotation. The Port of Hamburg plays a crucial part in this as a cargo source and transshipment hub – we currently call at Hamburg every week with seven services,” said Niels Harnack, Managing Director of China Shipping Agency (Germany) GmbH. Next to Hamburg, the AEX 1 liner service on which CSCL GLOBE is deployed, is also serving the ports Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Yantian, Singapore, Port Kelang, Felixstowe, Rotterdam,and Zeebrugge.

Hamburg is the Gateway to Europe for China’s Foreign Trade

Hamburg’s container traffic is dominated by the boxes imported from or exported to China through Germany’s largest universal port. Almost one in three of the containers handled in the Port of Hamburg originates from China or is commencing its ocean voyage to China. “After completing our evaluation of the complete throughput figures for 2014, we are assuming that we shall reach the three-million mark on container traffic with China,” forecasts Axel Mattern, Port of Hamburg Marketing Executive Board Member. Totalling 2.3 million TEU in the first nine months of 2014, container traffic with China in Hamburg accounted for an impressive 12.8 per cent growth. On both the import and export sides, food and beverages, chemical products, machinery and equipment as well as household appliances, wooden goods, paper, pulp and printed matter, metals and metal products were among the main cargoes transported.

Along with the dominant throughput volume, the total of more than 500 Chinese companies meanwhile entered in the city’s commercial register also reflect the fact that foreign trade with China is deeply rooted in Hamburg. More than 700 Hamburg companies also maintain business relations with China. Of these, around 140 are directly represented in the People’s Republic by their own branch, an agent, or a business unit. Port of Hamburg Marketing is present in Shanghai and Hong Kong with a representative office.
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