Container volumes for the first half of 2019 rose 7.5% year-on-year at the Port of Hamburg, primarily boosted by new services to ports in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
The USA has become the port’s second most important partner for container services due to the 283,000 teu handled in Hamburg with the country since the beginning of the year.
The Port of Hamburg is now directly linked by a total of 14 liner services with 29 ports in the USA, Mexico and Canada.
Axel Mattern, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, said: “A total of 11 new liner services in the 2019 first half make it obvious that the Port of H amburg has gained in attractiveness for shipping and shippers.
“With the start of expansion related to the adjustment of the fairway on the Lower and Outer Elbe, we are well on course for further expanding Hamburg’s position as the Northern European hub for worldwide freight traffic.”
The total number of container vessels calling at Hamburg rose 3.7% in the first half of 2019, with a total of 3,046 containerships berthing at the port.
Among these were 89 ultra-large container carriers, 36.9% more, with a slot capacity of 18,000 teu and over.
Transhipment services profited from traffic on the new container liner services and, at 1.7m teu, transhipment on to feeder ships rose by 5.5% while seaport-hinterland services on land achieved an 8.7% advance to 2.9m teu.
Ingo Egloff, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, said: “The positive figures for seaport-hinterland services and the transhipment area underline Hamburg’s outstanding position as Northern Europe’s hub port.
“More than 100 liner services connecting Hamburg with more than 1,000 seaports worldwide, deliver the containers that then leave Hamburg for further distribution inland.”
The Port of Hamburg handled 1.4m teu by rail as hinterland rail services grew by 12% with the number of trains up by 3.6%.
On altogether 70 days during the first half of 2019, the number of trains exceeded 200 per day.
The port handled 69.4m tonnes in seaborne cargo, up 4.1%, with general cargo up 6.1% to 48.4m tonnes while bulk cargo was 0.3% lower than the first half of 2018 at 21m tonnes.
For the second half of the year, Port of Hamburg Marketing’s joint CEOs anticipate a total growth of 4% in seaborne cargo throughput and one of between 5-6% on container handling.