Germany’s Port of Hamburg remains on a growth course, achieving a 4.1 percent advance to 69.4 million tons in seaborne cargo handling in the first half of 2019.
A solid growth trend in the general cargo segment of 6.1
percent, at 48.4 million tons, was the main contributor to the total and
container handling volumes. The total for bulk cargo handling was just 0.3
percent lower than for last year’s first half at 21 million tons.
The 7.5 percent increase in container handling to 4.7
million TEU is primarily attributable to the four new liner services that have
linked the Hanseatic City with ports in the USA, Canada and Mexico since the
start of the year. The 283,000 TEU handled in Hamburg on container services
with the United States since the beginning of the year took the USA into second
place among Hamburg’s most important partners for container services.
The port is now directly linked by a total of 14 liner
services with 29 ports in the USA, Mexico and Canada.
“A total of eleven new liner services in the 2019 first half
make it obvious that the Port of Hamburg 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,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.
“Apart from its trade routes with China and Asia, Hamburg
has now become a hub for those with the USA, Mexico and Canada.”
During the first half, the total number of container vessels
calling Hamburg rose by 3.7 percent to a total of 3,046 containerships that
berthed in the port. Among these were 89 ultra-large container carriers or 36.9
percent more, with a slot capacity of 18,000 TEU+.
Additionally, at 1.7 million TEU, transhipment on to feeder
ships in Hamburg rose by 5.5 percent. Seaport-hinterland services on land in
the 2019 first half likewise achieved an 8.7 percent advance to 2.9 million
For the second half of the year, against a background of
repercussions on world seaborne trade that is influenced by the current trade
and currency disputes between the USA and China, the Port of Hamburg
anticipates total growth of four percent in seaborne cargo throughput, and one
of between five and six percent on container handling.