• 2018 November 19 16:05

    Port of Hamburg railborne container transport up 4.3 percent in the first nine months of 2018

    In the first nine months of the year, the Port of Hamburg transferred substantially more freight on to rail - Seaborne cargo handling was below the previous year’s level, owing to less bulk cargo and a slight downturn in container handling­, while there was an increase for conventional general cargo.
     
    In the Port of Hamburg, railborne container transport achieved a distinct advance of 4.3 percent in the first nine months of the year. A total of 1.8 million TEU – 20-ft standard containers – were transported by rail between the port and inland inter-modal terminals. In the first three quarters of 2018, the previous year’s figures were therefore exceeded, even beating the records set in 2016. Landside seaport-hinterland traffic by rail therefore advanced especially strongly. That caused a jump in the most environment-friendly means of transport’s share of the modal split from 42.5 to 44.9 percent.

    The direct rail services between China and Hamburg not involving any sea transport also grew in 2018. Around 235 container train services are now offered weekly between Hamburg and 27 destinations in China. “Hamburg as Germany’s top China centre functions as the New Silk Road’s point of arrival and departure. In addition to more than 110 liner services with worldwide seaports, the Hamburg logistics region offers optimal conditions for rail, truck and inland waterway distributor transport, and for clearing air freight,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.
     
    In the first nine months of the year a total of 4.1 million TEU crossed the quay walls in the Port of Hamburg in landside seaport-hinterland traffic. The 1.3 percent downturn on the previous year can be rated as slight, and was mainly attributable to empty boxes (54.0 percent). In the first nine months of 2018, the container segment’s share of the Port of Hamburg’s hinterland traffic rose to 62.1 percent of total handling.
     
    In the first nine months of 2018, the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 100.8 million tons. That corresponds to a modest downturn of 3.4 percent, with the rate of decrease further slowing in the third quarter. General cargo throughput at 68.6 million tons – down 2.3 percent and bulk cargo throughput at 32.2 million tons – down 5.6 percent – contributed towards the overall result for Hamburg. Bulk cargo accounts for some one-third of total throughput. Around 54 percent of the downturn was attributable to this segment, where market factors caused downturns in both suction and liquid cargoes. Throughput of grab cargoes – with a share of around 55 percent or 17.6 million tons, the largest sub-segment – grew by 0.3 percent, representing slight growth within the normal range of fluctuation.

    The trend on conventional general cargo handling was once again very satisfactory. With 1.2 million tons, an advance of 6.6 percent, the upward trend already seen in the last quarter of 2017 was maintained in the first three quarters of 2018. In the first nine months of the year, for instance, heavy cargo imports increased by 32.2 percent to 218,000 tons; those of metals tripled, being up by 205.2 percent at 115,000 tons; and those of vehicles rose by 55 percent to 34,000 tons.
     
    Down by 6.6 million TEU, or 2.4 percent, container throughput in the first nine months of 2018 was slightly below the previous year’s. Around 58 percent of the fall was caused by a drop in the number of empty boxes handled. In the 2018 from January to October, 830,000 TEU – empty containers – were handled, representing a 10.1 percent downturn. For boxes loaded with general cargo, throughput volume at 5.8 million TEU was just 1.2 percent below the previous year’s level.
     
    “A glance at the throughput trend in the first nine months reveals continuing stable growth in railborne seaport-hinterland transport. At around 625,000 TEU, the third quarter was by a wide margin the best-ever quarter in the history of the Port of Hamburg Railway. By contrast the throughput trend for loaded and empty containers in the first three quarters shows that the Port of Hamburg is handling less transhipment cargo, and here in particular, fewer empty containers. In a tough competitive field, the proportion of loaded containers remains stable, and we estimate that next year already, with the inauguration of four container liner services to the US East Coast, it should markedly improve,” explained Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing. “By contrast with loaded boxes for the metropolitan region, also loaded boxes generally, transhipment cargo on feeder services and empty containers are less tied to specific ports. We therefore hope that with the fairway adjustment of the Lower and Outer Elbe on which a start has now been made, better nautical accessibility will be achieved for Germany’s leading universal port, leading to more cargo being handled in Hamburg,” said Egloff.
     
    The downturn in container handling in the first nine months was primarily concentrated on services to Europe and North America, down by 4.4 and 26.2 percent, respectively, on the same period of the previous year. By contrast the trend was particularly positive on container services with the East Coast of South America, up by 25.7 percent; North Africa, up by 22.7 percent; Israel, up by 35.2 percent; Turkey, up by 32.6 percent; the West Coast of North America, up by 36.9 percent; Sweden, up by 15.8 percent; Brazil, up by 30.4 percent; Taiwan, up by 9.2 percent; and Thailand, up by 123.6 percent.
     
    “Good results on container transport with these countries and regions did not offset downturns on other trade routes with Europe and America. We expect positive momentum for container throughput with the arrival in Hamburg of four new transatlantic liner services. New to Hamburg, these will provide splendid links with ports on the US East Coast and also in Mexico,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.

    In Mattern’s view, this will also favour an increase in transhipment with the Baltic region, which is so important for Hamburg. In terms of transport geography, the Port of Hamburg’s rapid and close links with the Hamburg Metropolitan Region make it the ideal hub for cargo arriving or leaving there, and on the other hand, the short link through the Kiel Canal makes it an ideal handling centre for transhipment cargo in the Baltic region.




2018 December 17

11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58
09:58 Port of Singapore throughput in 11M’18 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 575.44 million tonnes
09:40 Floating regasification plant “Marshal Vasilevsky” arrives in Kaliningrad
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,401 points

2018 December 16

16:09 Navios Acquisition completes acquisition of Navios Midstream
15:23 Thun Tankers names environmentally adapted tanker Thun Evolve
13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia
12:32 Executives must watch both sea and air amid trade war tensions, warns Xeneta
10:55 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
10:11 PGNiG receives third spot delivery of US-sourced LNG at Świnoujście

2018 December 15

16:23 MOL Passenger Line receives award for outstanding performance in 'Cruise of the Year 2018'
14:53 CMA CGM to implement GRR for India East Coast-West Africa trade
13:51 CMA CGM announces LSS on services from / to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
12:44 NYK Cruises receives Grand Prix Award for 2018 World Cruise
11:27 TT-Line places order for RoPax "green" ferry with China's Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard

2018 December 14

18:17 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama
17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
13:31 First in industry ADNOC co-loads LPG and propylene onto same vessel in Ruwais
13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
12:53 Bunker market at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia shows mixed price movements (graph)
12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
09:47 Brent Crude futures price down 0.61% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $52.37
09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
07:14 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up to 621,835 TEU in November 2018
06:09 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for LPG carrier "LAUREL PRIME"

2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
17:00 Murmansk Region will improve water safety regulations – Marina Kovtun
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes