• 2018 March 16 14:39

    Port of Hamburg proves effectiveness in handling mega-carriers

    The ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’, the largest containership ever to call at the port on the Elbe, berthed in Hamburg early on Thursday morning, 15 March. According to the port, the maiden call by this ocean-going giant is a further milestone in the Port of Hamburg’s success story as one of the world’s most important and state-of-the-art container handling hubs.
     
    The triumphant advance of the container, which has revolutionized the worldwide transport industry, commenced in the Port of Hamburg on 31 May 1968. With the ‘AMERICAN LANCER’, a containership berthed at Burchardkai for the first time that day. It was the first step in a new era that was to shape change in the Port of Hamburg for ever.

    Scepticism predominated in Hamburg at the time. Would the new transport system with its normed boxes gain acceptance? Would the investments in expanding the Port of Hamburg into a container handling port pay off? Today we realize that if visionary politicians and port managers had not shown the courage at the end of the 1960s to make Hamburg fit for the container, then the port would by no means certainly have become a significant cargo-handling hub in world trade.

    Container handling with an annual volume of almost nine million boxes is now the foremost cargo segment. The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port and the leading transhipment centre for Germany as an exporting country. The port is also Northern Germany’s leading employer, securing more than 155,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

    Over the past 50 years, the Port of Hamburg has successfully adapted to new market conditions in order to retain and expand its competitive position. A comparison between the ‘AMERICAN LANCER’ and the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ illustrates the pace of change. With a length of 213 metres, the ‘AMERICAN LANCER’ could transport just 1,200 TEU (20-ft standard containers); 400 metres long, the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ has a capacity seventeen times higher at 20,776 TEU. End-to-end, those containers would cover a distance of over 125 kilometres. During her first call at HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), the mega-ship will be discharging approx. 7,000 TEU and loading 4,000. Cutting-edge technology and a highly efficient hinterland network guarantee safe, reliable and punctual clearance.

    Whereas at the end of the 1960s, the first container gantry cranes at Burchardkai handled twelve to 18 containers per hour, modern cranes can now handle twice as many. With one heave, they can lift two 40-ft or four 20-ft containers, with a total weight of 110 tons, the equivalent of seventy medium-sized cars. No less than 30 such cranes operate at HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai, half of them mega-ship gantries. Burchardkai has two high-performance berths for handling the new 20,000-TEU containerships. The Hamburg terminal operator’s largest container gantry cranes are deployed there. Their booms extend over a mega-ship’s entire width – of 24 boxes in a row. CTB has 13 of these cranes in operation. Up to nine of them will be used simultaneously in handling the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’. In seven eight-hour shifts, HHLA’s terminal staff – crane drivers, stowage planners, van carrier drivers, foremen, supervisors and many others – will work on the ship almost continuously. HHLA has planned around 470 staff shifts to enable the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ to keep to her schedule and leave Hamburg again punctually.

    CMA CGM is one of the major global players among container shipping companies, and has been one of the Port of Hamburg’s top customers for years. This French shipping line serves the Port of Hamburg with ten liner services using its own ships, participating in a further eleven through slot booking agreements. Last year the Port of Hamburg reported over 930 calls by CMA CGM vessels. The first one to visit the Hanseatic City was the ‘KATJANA’ in 1983, a multi-purpose ship with its own handling gear and a capacity of 802 TEU. With a length of 147 metres, on that occasion the ship handled almost 50 containers in Hamburg. For comparison, the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’, sailing on the FAL1 service between Asia and Europe, will be loading/discharging around 11,000 TEU at Burchardkai. Yet CMA CGM’s vessels have progressed, not solely in terms of size, but also in sustainability. The ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’, for instance, embodies cutting-edge technologies for protecting the environment, for limiting fuel and oil consumption and significantly reducing CO2 emissions. Peter Wolf, CEO of CMA CGM Germany, regards the first call of the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ as being of immense importance: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new flagship here in Hamburg for the first time. She will play a key part in regular services between Asia and Northern Europe. That our largest vessels for decades are calling the Port of Hamburg demonstrates, not only our belief in the port, but also our efforts to achieve continuous growth on the German market. In recent years, CMA CGM has become one of world merchant shipping’s top groups. We aim to consolidate that position.”

    “Growth in containership size has rapidly picked up speed in recent years,” says Andreas Brummermann, Deputy Port Captain. “However, the Port of Hamburg is very well prepared for these VLCVs.” Around 9,000 seagoing ships a year reach the Port of Hamburg, about half of these being containerships. Since the first calls in 2015, the number of vessels with a slot capacity of over 18,000 TEU has tripled. In 2017 alone, there were 102 calls by VLCVs in the 18,000-20,000+ TEU segment, or an increase of over 52 percent. This trend involves challenges, not just for Hamburg, but for ports worldwide.

    “By investing in state-of-the-art gantry cranes and storage technology, we prepared ourselves at an early stage for this growth in ship size,” says Jens Hansen, HHLA Executive Board member and Chief Operating Officer. “But we are not only making progress on the quayside. At the same time, we have implemented measures to deal with peak loads of incoming/departing containers caused by the arrival of VLCVs reliably and securely. In November 2017, for instance, a slot booking procedure for trucks was introduced that has already successfully overcome numerous ‘peak situations’ and is increasingly gaining acceptance from all those involved. In addition, the successful expansion of the Altenwerder rail terminal and the one planned for this year at the Burchardkai rail terminal will consolidate our integration with European hinterland rail services,” added Hansen.

    Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, drew attention to the guarantee of nautical accessibility, or secure access via the Elbe: “That CMA CGM Group should send its flagship to Hamburg is further proof of our ability to handle these mega-ships and an endorsement from the shipowner of this port. It underlines its trust in the Port of Hamburg’s ability deliver the goods. All this is vital, since as an exporting nation we depend on the Port of Hamburg’s ability to perform,” declared Egloff.

    How does the container’s future look in Hamburg? In the Port of Hamburg the process of containerization is all but completed – 98 percent of general cargoes handled in Hamburg are meanwhile transported in containers. It can also be assumed that growth in vessel size in container shipping has reached its limits or will only continue in small steps. Yet that does not bring to an end Hamburg’s development as a container port: Optimized processes on the quays offer tremendous potential for growth and improvement in future. Digitalization involves Hamburg development into a Port 4.0. Technical innovations, automated working processes and digital networking will ensure momentum in structuring transport and logistics chains – a growth process in which such top customers going for digitalization as CMA CGM will play a vital part. All this will lead to changes in the Port of Hamburg to an extent comparable with containerization itself. Hamburg is prepared for this development and as one of the pioneers, is already actively contributing to shaping it.




2018 April 27

09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,375 points

2018 April 26

18:35 British Ports Association elects Alec Don as new Chairman
18:05 AIDA launches 2018 cruise season in Rostock
17:35 Cruise season begins in Stockholm
17:05 Royal IHC delivers 4000 tonnes crane vessel GULLIVER to Scaldis
16:49 Tallink launches virtual customer services assistant Nemo
16:34 IMO meeting in July to continue 2020 preparations
16:05 Aker Solutions upgrades Aberdeen site to target growing subsea services market
15:50 Cruise season in Tallinn starts on April 26 with this year’s first cruise vessel Viking Sea calling the Old City Harbour
15:35 New report of Intrernational Transport Forum assesses Japan’s ambition to become an international bunkering hub for LNG
15:34 MEPC 72: ISO confirms plans to develop interim guidance for 0.50%S bunker fuel
15:33 Hamburg newly elected Board Member for Cruise Europe Association
15:19 50 percent Co2 cut by 2050 – governments must acknowledge enormity of what IMO has agreed - ICS
14:49 IMO takes first step toward Arctic HFO ban, but first needs to define ‘HFO’
14:10 Highway section of Crimea Bridge passed acceptance tests (photo)
13:02 The newly established Klaveness Combination Carriers AS to form part of the solution to the ambitious climate strategy passed on by IMO
12:24 IPCSA is new honorary partner for Ports 4.0 Conference in Tallinn
12:22 Revenue at port of Amsterdam grows in 2017
12:01 GTT and Sembcorp Marine sign a license agreement for the design and construction of membrane tank solutions
11:48 Boskalis towage joint venture Keppel Smit Towage names first LNG powered harbor tug in South East Asia
11:39 2,258 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland this winter navigation season
11:39 DP World reports 7.3 % gross volume growth in first quarter of 2018
11:13 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:42 Klaipėdos nafta starts allocation of LNG terminal capacities for new gas year
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.61% to $74.45, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.48% to $68.38
09:54 IMO reaffirmed support for its African Member States
09:32 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company’s shipyard repaired ferry vessel owned by Sea Trade Fleet of Turkmenistan
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,376 points

2018 April 25

18:31 Westcon appeals the court judgement regarding the TSV Safe Scandinavia conversion
18:18 Three-day event held in Papua New Guinea focused on safety of domestic ferries
18:16 Fast ferry for Angolan Transport Ministry launched at Damen Shipyards Singapore
18:12 DNV GL develops offshore safety guidance for Greek Regulator
17:56 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard launches yet another minesweeper of Project 12700
17:29 Qatargas delivers its first LNG cargo to Bangladesh as part of agreement with Petrobangla
17:02 Russian Railways announces 2017 Consolidated Results under IFRS
16:37 Polskie LNG CEO Paweł Jakubowski: LNG terminal extension program is speeding up
16:05 Wärtsilä partners with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to promote maritime technologies
15:48 Profit attributable to shareholders of NOVATEK decreased by 39.3% to RUB 43.1 billion
15:30 Volga Shipping Company opens navigation on the Upper Volga river
15:14 MOL expands its NVOCC business with the unified brand "MOL Worldwide Logistics"
15:06 BWMS manufacturers and stakeholders set up new association BEMA
14:55 Innovative Damen RSD Tug 2513 kicks-off introduction tour in Italy
14:09 Ilari Kallio appointed Chief Digital Officer at Konecranes
13:20 Nakilat records 13% increased profits for the first quarter of 2018
12:59 Philippines accedes to air pollution and energy efficiency rules
12:33 Cruise season begins at the Port of Gdansk
12:09 HELCOM progresses firmly towards reducing input of pollutants into the Baltic Sea
11:51 8,791 ships are fitted out with the GLONASS navigation equipment - Dmitry Rogozin
11:28 All seaports in Crimea will be fully equipped with GLONASS system in 2018 - Dmitry Rogozin (photo)
11:09 Keppel Offshore & Marine signs MOU with MPA and TCOMS to jointly develop autonomous vessels
10:50 LUKOIL BoD recommends dividend distribution for 2017 in the amount of RUB 215 per ordinary share
10:26 Brent Crude futures price up 0.08% to $73.8, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $67.61
10:09 WinGD wins marine propulsion Emissions Reduction Award
09:45 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,306 points
09:08 The Port of Rotterdam welcomes IMO’s first step in reducing CO2 from shipping
08:17 Keppel on track to deliver South East Asia’s first LNG powered tug

2018 April 24

18:43 GAC South Africa expands into Port Elizabeth
18:29 Summa Group and Rosneft denied holding negotiations on Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port
17:30 Future perspectives for maritime industry to be studied at Maritime Future Summit (MFS) during SMM