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Trend Towards Larger Vessels Continues

China and Russia largest trade partners of the Port of Hamburg. More cruise ships mooring at Germany's largest universal port

In Hamburg, the trend towards fewer but larger ships continued in 2014. Last year, 9,138 ships called the Port of Hamburg for trade or passenger traffic, and thus 5.6 per cent less than in 2013. However, the number of large vessels increased considerably. On occasion of the port’s anniversary celebrated 8-10 May, the Office of Statistics North published new figures on the Port of Hamburg.

More Cruise Ships, More Freight

In 2014, 640 ships possessed a gross tonnage (GT) of more than 100,000. In 2013, only 505 ships of this size were handled. The number of cruise ships that visited the port of Hamburg rose by four to 176 vessels. These dream vessels brought 607,000 passengers to Hamburg, representing nearly a nine per cent compared to the previous year.

Total handling in the Port of Hamburg reached 146 million tonnes in 2014, and thus a new record, breaking 2008’s last. In comparison with 2013, total handling volumes grew by 4.6 per cent. This is mainly due to the increased container traffic that grew by more than six per cent to 81.5 million tonnes, another record result. A total of around 9.8 million containers were handled in Elbe port.

Judging by the volume of goods carried, China and Russia were the largest trade partner of the Port of Hamburg. While booming container traffic with China grew to 27.5 million tonnes, especially the import of bulk commodities dominated the trade with Russia. The IWT grew by eight per cent to 11.6 million tonnes, a fact attributed by the Office of Statistics North also the growing container traffic.

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