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Port of Hamburg heading for growth

Container handling grew 1.0 per cent in 2016 - record results in seaport hinterland railway transport

The Port of Hamburg managed to turn sea cargo handling around in 2016 and reached a transhipment volume of 138.2 million tons in the bulk goods and general cargo segments, Hamburg Marketing e.V. announced during its annual press conference Wednesday (February 15, 2017). “Sea cargo handling in the Port of Hamburg has steadied with 0.3 per cent growth in 2016 and an upward trend. Stronger, general cargo handling in the overall results balances out the slight drop in bulk cargo handling. The Port of Hamburg is looking forward to positive developments in 2017,” said Axel Mattern, chair of Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V.

1.3 per cent growth in container traffic with Asia

After a moderate start to 2016, container handling grew in the second half of the year and reached 8.9 million TEU (+1.0 per cent) after 12 months. The containerised cargo volume grew 1.2 per cent to 91.7 million tons. Container traffic with Asia, a key sector for the Port of Hamburg, grew 1.3 per cent to 4.7 million TEU. Container traffic with North and Latin America grew 2.9 per cent to 1.2 million TEU while container traffic with Europe remained on 2015 levels of 2.6 million TEU.

Increased rail cargo traffic

Successful seaport hinterland railway transport is expected to continue. Ingo Egloff, Chair of Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V., noted: “In 2016, 46.4 million tons of goods and 2.4 million TEU were transported by rail. We are delighted with this record result. The share of goods transported by rail has increased again and came to 46.6 per cent.” The 46.4 million tons transported by rail from the Port of Hamburg accounted for an increase of 1.5 per cent – counter to the sector’s downward trend in Germany.

The number of containers transported by rail grew 2.4 per cent to 2.4 million TEU. In terms of the port’s modal split, the share of trains in container transport grew from 41.6 per cent to 42.3 per cent. More than 200 freight trains travel to and from Europe’s biggest railway port and connect Hamburg with inland, commercial centres.

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