• 2018 June 1 16:22

    Port of Hamburg delegation in China completes successful tour

    A delegation from Hamburg was in China from 14 to 18 May, visiting companies in Zhengzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) in cooperation with the Hamburg Representative Office in Shanghai, the delegation’s tour was led by Axel Mattern, HHM’s Joint CEO, and Mathias Schulz, its Head of Market Development Asia. According to the port's press center, the delegation included representatives of TCO Transcargo, Rostock Port, Trelleborgs Hamn, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and Hamburg Invest.

    The focus was on discussions with leading import and export companies, along with Chinese logistics providers for sea and rail services. In addition, the delegation was extremely impressed by developments on the expansion of Chinese infrastructure. During the first days of the program, for example, visits were made to Zhengzhou International Hub Development and Construction Co. Ltd. (ZIH), one of the major route operators on Sino-European rail links with Hamburg under the ‘One Belt – One Road’ initiative, Changjiu Logistics and Schuler Pressen. The visit to Changjiu Logistics Co. Ltd, a logistics company offering supply-chain solutions for the Chinese automotive industry, produced very positive feedback on the Port of Hamburg, which the company would be glad to use as its European hub, as it much appreciates the Elbe port’s infrastructure.
    Rail freight traffic has always been one of the Port of Hamburg’s strengths. In 2017, over 2.33 million TEU were transported on seaport-hinterland rail services via Hamburg, a total unmatched by any other European port. That makes Hamburg Europe’s No. 1 rail hub. The port’s key role on trains to/from China is no accident, as Axel Mattern, HHM’s Joint CEO, explained: “The Port of Hamburg is Europe’s largest logistics hub and China is its top trading partner. With incoming and outgoing services, rail traffic makes a decisive contribution to the port’s logistics. Offering 2,000 container block train links per week, Hamburg is the top player on the market by a wide margin. The proportion of trains serving China is also growing constantly. In 2017 around 177 weekly container train services were offered, this year there are already 235, representing an advance of almost 25 percent. Currently, container block trains link 27 different cities in China with Hamburg.”
    As part of the delegation’s tour, it also visited the trade fair ‘transport logistic China’ being held in Shanghai. This year’s program of activities at the fair was inaugurated with a Port of Hamburg Marketing VIP Dinner on the premises of the former British Consulate-General. Dr. Christine Althauser, German Consul-General, was among those present. This offered members of the delegation opportunities for communicating directly with high-ranking representatives of ZPMC, Otto Group, COSCO, SIPG, China Railcargo and others from commerce, the port, and trade associations.
    During the second stage of the trip, a visit was made to Cainiao Logistics, Alibaba Group’s logistics subsidiary. The same day also featured a meeting with representatives of Dahua Technology, a world market leader in security technology, among its products being drones and cameras for monitoring road traffic. Dahua Technology has a branch in Düsseldorf, but is also interested in intensifying contacts with Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
    Included on the program for the last day of the delegation’s trip was an inspection tour of Yangshan Container Terminal Phase 4 in Shanghai. This container terminal is fully automated and is currently undergoing a test phase. The finale for the delegation was a tour of ZPMC’s production facilities on Changxing Island. ZPMC is the world market leader for container gantry cranes. Huang Qing-Feng, ZPMC President received the delegation and discussed a deepening of cooperation with the Port of Hamburg.
    Participants saw this trip for the delegation, lasting several days and with an interestingly compiled program of visits and events, as offering excellent opportunities for cultivating existing contacts and making new ones. For the companies represented, HHM as tour organiser contributed not just its own expertise, but its Representative Office in Shanghai to open doors. Similar delegation trips are to be organised in future to Asian markets that are of interest to HHM members.

2019 January 23

18:27 Planning for 2020 IMO's sulphur cap has already started
18:13 Eagle Bulk receives commitment for a new credit facility totaling $208 million
18:02 Port of Gdansk (Poland) throughput in 2018 totaled 49.03 million tonnes, up 20.7% Y-o-Y
17:40 Andrei Malyarov elected as Chairman of Severnaya Verf shipyard's BoD
17:19 RWE files acquisition of renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy with European Commission
17:03 The Board of Directors of Fincantieri appoints a second General Manager
16:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Arkhangelsk come into effect on February 15
16:37 USCG interdicts smuggling boat with convicted criminals aboard off Florida
16:24 Regulatory issues related to operation of seaport infrastructure facilities to be discussed at the 2nd HES and Dredging Congress
16:08 First discharge of LPG from Ichthys LNG Project in Japan carried by “K” LINE’s VLGC “GRACE RIVER”
16:03 CMA CGM to launch its Med Pendulum Service (MPS)
15:46 Ice restrictions at the port of Vyborg (Leningrad Region) come into effect on February 6
15:33 Nakilat – Keppel welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
15:28 MHI Vestas achieves final turbine installation at Horns Reef 3
15:18 Rolls-Royce completes €57 million upgrade of Rauma thruster facility
15:03 NYK announces delivery of new coal carrier for Hokkaido Electric Power
14:33 Port of Oakland reports more ships than ever plugging into grid
14:20 Throughput of Port Vysotsky up 10.7% to 7.89 million tonnes in 2018
14:03 Kiel welcomes the TUI Cruises newbuilding
13:45 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard lays down large freezing trawler of Project СТ-192
13:27 Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica
13:02 Rotterdam as a circular hub for the raw materials transition
12:58 The Russian Federation accedes to passenger compensation treaty
12:51 New initiatives to strengthen Singapore as a global maritime hub announced
12:37 SCHOTTEL presents new mechanical hybrid propulsion solution
12:04 Port of Riga cooperates with Balarusian forest industry to further increase its timber cargo volumes
11:42 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 22-23
11:16 OSG exercises option for second 204,000 barrel barge at Gunderson Marine
10:55 Maritime Security & Offshore Patrol Week 2019 to be held for the first time ever in Dubai, UAE by IQPC Middle East
10:37 N-KOM welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
10:20 Responsibilities for implementation of state programmes of the Russian Federation divided between Deputy Prime Ministers
10:06 Brent Crude futures price up 0.03% to $61.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $53.03
09:48 Aderco: Planning for 2020 has already started
09:43 Vympel Shipyard lays down yet another hydrographic vessel / buoy tender of Project 19910 for RF Navy
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,036 points

2019 January 22

18:25 Elengy prepares the sale of access capacities to the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal for the period 2021-2030
18:05 Monjasa steps up as the 2nd largest local bunker supplier in the Panama Canal in 2018
17:54 Relampago practices skills with UAE Navy ship
17:35 CalMac takes over the tiller at Argyll Ferries
17:05 NYK gets the highest-rated ‘A’ for Climate Change by CDP Survey
16:42 RF Government proposed candidates to Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port's BoD
16:23 Pilbara Ports Authority achieves a new record tonnage on a single tide at the Port of Port Hedland
15:56 Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Port Promotion Council renew collaboration
15:46 ICTSI Subic hits milestone 200,000th TEU move
15:44 Growth seen in several sectors at ABP South Wales
15:28 KONTUR SPb ERT unit’s drills get thumbs up from Rosmorrechflot’s certification commission
15:22 First ship viaVerbrugge Terminals’ new permanent shipping line with South America docks in North Sea Port
15:00 Meyer Turku delivers New Mein Schiff 2 to TUI Cruises in Kiel
14:41 Jotun looks into expansion of ship coatings production in Russia
14:32 HHLA completes expansion of the container rail terminal Burchardkai
14:19 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:02 North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation opens the Port of Mackay for new bulk material trades
13:32 China Navigation to acquire the bulk shipping activities of Hamburg Süd
13:22 14 crewmembers of gas carriers which caught fire in the Kerch Strait confirmed dead, five missing
13:15 Fincantieri to build LCS 31 for US Navy
12:53 Gdynia, Poland to host Transport Week 2019 on March 5-7
12:31 MOL moves to establish 'Asahi MOL Tankers' for pool operation of MR Product Tankers
12:14 DFDS expands cooperation with Turkish Ekol Logistics
11:45 ABP invests £2.2 million in new agribulk terminal at Port of Ayr
11:17 BIMCO: only international action will stop increase in piracy