• 2016 May 23 18:00

    Total first-quarter seaborne cargo throughput in Port of Hamburg just below previous year’s

    Total throughput for the Port of Hamburg in the first quarter of 2016 was 2.5 percent lower at 34.8 million tons, says Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V. First noticeable early in the second half of 2015, the economic downturn in China and Russia, both especially important markets for Hamburg, may have slowed somewhat during the first quarter of 2016 – yet Hamburg’s seaborne cargo throughput remained below the previous year’s record level. Contributing to the total were bulk cargo throughput at 11.5 million tons (down 1.9 percent) and general cargo throughput at 23.3 million tons (down 2.7 percent), both segments being somewhat weaker than in the same quarter of 2015. At 2.2 million TEU (down 3.4 percent) container throughput for the quarter was also lower.
    The first-quarter total for seaborne cargo throughput was shaped especially by lower container traffic with China, the Port of Hamburg’s most important trading partner by a wide margin. Down 8.0 percent at 651,000 TEU, container traffic with China was 57,000 TEU lower than in the previous year, and as the largest volume fall affected the global total. Gratifying double-digit and single-digit growth rates in container traffic with Finland (up 11.1 percent), the USA (up 14.2 percent), Malaysia (up 6.4 percent), the United Kingdom (up 31.8 percent) and India (up 4.1 percent), all of them among the Port of Hamburg’s Top Ten trading partners, were not sufficient to restore the previous total. “Taken together, the downturns for the Top Three trading partners, China (down 8.0 percent), Singapore (down 7.6 percent) and Russia (down 4.9 percent) constituted the main factor affecting our result on container handling. We saw the onset of stabilization occurring during the first quarter and are assuming that the volume downturn in container traffic with China and Russia has bottomed out, with both countries remaining core markets for the Port of Hamburg. A few weeks ago, we discerned positive signals from the Russian economy at TransRussia, while showcasing at the largest Russian logistics trade fair and during the numerous information functions and discussions with representatives of firms and the world of politics. Even in tough times, for Russia the Port of Hamburg remains an essential international trade hub,” said Axel Mattern, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), at its quarterly press conference.
    In 2016 China too remains a market region being intensively cultivated by Port of Hamburg Marketing and its Representative Offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. In addition to Shanghai, in mid-June a port business delegation including representatives of BUSS Port Logistics, Brunsbüttel Ports, TCO Transcargo and HPA Hamburg Port Authority will be visiting Ningbo, Tianjin and Beijing. Along with discussions with Chinese representatives of leading import and export companies, specialized talks are also firmly planned with Chinese ports and transport companies, as well as trade associations and government agencies, as part of the program for the trading centres on the itinerary. In Shanghai, the members of the Port of Hamburg delegation will be running a Logistics Workshop for their Chinese port customers and partners. As a networking event, they will also be inviting them to a Port of Hamburg VIP Dinner. A visit to the “transport logistic China” trade fair is also planned.
    At 2.2 million TEU, first-quarter container throughput remained slightly below the previous year’s, being down by 78,000 TEU, or 3.4 percent. This was primarily due to the slow start to container traffic with China and Russia early in the year. The first three months, for instance, brought cancellation of some sailings on container liner services on the East Asia trade route owing to cargo space over-capacity, and complete withdrawal of one liner service. Besides Hamburg, other ports were affected. Fortunately, in the course of the first quarter Hamburg also received new liner services. For a start, MAERSK shipping line’s Colombia fruit service now links the Colombian ports of Turbo and Santa Maria with the HHLA Frucht- and Kühl-Zentrum at O’Swaldkai multi-purpose terminal, while HDS/IRISL’s new ECL container service links Hamburg with the ports of Genoa, Istanbul, Port Said and Bandar Abbas every two weeks. Since Iran is seeing pent-up demand for investment goods for its oil, automotive, chemical and energy sectors following the trade restrictions of recent years, Axel Mattern and his Executive Board colleague Ingo Egloff are assuming that Hamburg with its traditionally excellent relations with Iran will again be of growing significance as the Northern European transhipment location for cargo to and from Iran.
    Bulk cargo throughput in the first quarter at 11.5 million tons was just below the previous year’s record total, being down by 1.9 percent. Contributing to the segment total were suction cargoes, down by 13.5 percent at 2.3 million tons, grab cargoes, down by 1.5 percent at 5.4 million tons, and liquid cargoes at 3.7 million, up by 6.1 percent. Among liquid cargoes, imports of oil products at 2.7 million tons developed especially well, increasing by 65.5 percent. Among suction cargoes, the especially strong grain exports of the previous year’s first quarter were not repeated, causing a 13.5 percent fall in throughput. While imports of oilseeds were up by 51.7 percent at 912,000 tons, these failed to offset the downturn in grain exports.

2020 January 26

12:03 Fincantieri strengthens the strategic partnership with Qatar
11:39 New LINKSPAN 7 arrives in Dublin Port
10:47 DOF Subsea awarded contracts in Australia

2020 January 25

16:11 “Flower Power” from Sanmar and Robert Allan Ltd. – 200 Tugs and Counting
15:27 USCG Cutter Polar Star arrives in Antarctica
13:11 TORM orders two scrubber-fitted LR2 newbuildings
12:47 USCG opens Blue Technology Center of Expertise
10:47 Hamburg Süd’s COO Frank Smet to step down
08:31 NORDEN signs charter for more women in shipping

2020 January 24

18:07 Port of Hamburg not expecting reduction in container throughput caused by liner service changes announced by Ocean Alliance and Maersk
17:42 First ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Rostock
17:40 Engineering troops to develop a plant for desalination of water in the Arctic
17:16 Gasum completes 200th ship-to-ship LNG bunkering
16:52 Carnival Mardi Gras floated out at Meyer Turku shipyard
16:51 Former COO of Stanlow refinery: “The first step of the digitalization is underway”
16:27 Tallink’s vessel Silja Europa to be renewed at Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland
16:04 United Heavy Lift GmbH Hamburg takes over a modern Heavy Lift fleet of nine eco-friendly F900 newbuildings
16:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and East Med to Far East, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea
15:32 First Deputy PM Andrey Belousov held meeting with senior executives of RF Transport Ministry
15:03 Dublin Port Company christens its new Pilot Boat, DPC Tolka
14:30 Sergey Sapegin takes the helm of Kaliningrad Railway
14:03 The Grande Houston delivered to the Grimaldi Group
13:25 Port of Guayaquil inaugurates deepened maritime access channel
12:58 Bunker prices are table at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces PSS for reefer exports from Ecuador to Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, Middle East & Asia
11:00 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the main propulsion engines for two patrol vessels
10:33 The ShipFC project to convert offshore vessel to run on ammonia-powered fuel cell
10:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 24
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.35% to $62.26, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.4% to $55.81
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 576 points

2020 January 23

19:00 Chembulk Tankers announces management changes
18:27 KOTUG provides salvage assistance to MV EM-OINOUSSES
18:07 Ocean Installer awarded contract with Dana Petroleum
17:42 Almost 290 cruise liners will call at Ports of Stockholm in 2020
17:37 NYK-operated coal carrier Sunshine Pride enters service for Joban Joint Power
17:19 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 2019 fell by 2% to 14.42 million tonnes (table)
16:48 Draft Strategy for Development of Russia’s Arctic Zone to be ready by 20 March 2020
16:05 The AUTOSHIP project receives funding of almost Euro 20.1 mln
15:21 probunkers signs LOI with Hyundai for the construction of two LNG bunker vessels
15:16 Perspectives for containers and ro-ro market discussed in Berlin
14:40 New intermodal train connection arranged from Luxembourg
13:37 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg spent RUB 11 million under its social and charity programmes in 2019
13:03 Global Ports Group to renew handling equipment
12:29 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves reconstruction at the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
12:05 Port of Long Beach moves more than 7.6 million TEU in 2019
11:48 Croatian DIV Group in process to take-over Kleven Verft
11:00 Austal awarded A$15.5m contract for a 41 metre high speed catamaran ferry for SGTM Mauritius
10:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 23
10:27 ABS marks record-setting three years without a work-related lost time injury
10:25 IBIA: IMO 2020 preparations pay off
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.4% to $64.33, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.48% to $58.1
09:46 TransContainer dispatched test train with hazardous cargo in reefers from Korea to Poland
09:24 Baltic Dry Index is down to 623 points
09:08 Swissterminal and DP World enter strategic partnership

2020 January 22

18:37 BunkerTrace secures first commercial partnership with Marfin Management
18:07 MAN Cryo to supply icebreaking RoRos with fuel gas supply system
17:45 Throughput of Chinese sea and river ports in 2019 grew by 5.7% YoY to 13.95 billion tonnes
17:20 Ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet approached the Strait of Tunis
17:06 Boluda Towage Europe introduces 1st retrofit of conventional tug complying with IMO TIER III Standards in Zeebrugge