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Port of Hamburg not expecting volume reduction from liner service changes

Port of Hamburg not expecting volume reduction from liner service changes
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The Port of Hamburg is confident it can maintain its volumes despite the loss of an Ocean Alliance service, with existing volumes from the alliance partners set to be shared between its other services that call the German port.

From April, the Ocean Alliance NEU 5 service handled by EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH) is being transferred to Antwerp.

This service will be run by the Ocean Alliance Partner, CMA CGM as FAL 3 with an approximate annual volume of 150,000 teu.

According to the French carrier, the entire container volume carried until now to and from Hamburg by this service will be handled by the five Ocean Alliance liner services – NEU 2, NEU 3, NEU 4, NEU 6 and NEU 7 – continuing to call in Hamburg.

Axel Mattern, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, said: “In the course of optimising annual planning, the resulting transfer of one of the six services creates no overall problem either for the shippers or the Port of Hamburg. The container cargo will continue to be handled in its entirety by these services in Hamburg.

“In the shipping industry such liner service adjustments are absolutely normal when the shipping alliances develop new products and present no cause for concern. Hamburg is not losing any cargo because of it.”

The transfer of the FAL 3 service is a decision taken by the Alliance partners to optimise ships’ voyages within the context of its global service network, noted a statement from the port authority, and a shortfall in container cargo is not to be expected.

Maersk’s weekly ME1 service which had until now served India via Dubai and Saudi Arabia, calling at Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven on the way, will temporarily not be calling at Hamburg from February.

The Danish line stated in a customer advisory that the container cargo previously carried on ME1 can continue to be seamlessly handled on Maersk’s AE7 service to and from Hamburg.

Ingo Egloff, who is Axel Mattern’s Joint CEO at Port of Hamburg Marketing, said: “The majority of containers from the ME1 service will continue to be handled in Hamburg after the fairway adjustment.

“The 12 mega-containerships deployed in the AE7 service with a capacity of between 16,500 and 19,500 teu offer the necessary transport capacity.”

After suspending the ME1 service, Maersk will be calling Hamburg with a total of five container liner services.