The number of ultra large vessels calling at the Port of Hamburg has been on the increase for years. This is resulting in some major challenges for the port operators, shipping companies and authorities. With the introduction of the Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTK), there is now a body to handle the centralised operational coordination of mega-ship calls for the first time – long before a vessel proceeds up the estuary of the river Elbe. It draws on the experience and the structures of the Feeder Logistics Center (FLZ).
Zur Bedeutung und zu den fachlichen Hintergründen der Fahrrinnenanpassung von Unter- und Außenelbe vermittelt das Informationspapier der Behörde für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Innovation der Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg einen Überblick
The North Europe Service 1 (NE-1) run by shipowners ZIM Integrated Shipping Services and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is the most important liner service linking Hamburg weekly with Israel via the Mediterranean. Transport volumes have grown continuously since 2007, in all by around 21 percent. In 2013 around 62,000 TEU (20-ft standard containers) were transported on seaborne container services along this route.
On her first voyage from South America to Europe, the new container ship “Cap San Lorenzo” docked at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai on 23 March 2014, its first arrival ever in Hamburg. The new “Cap San” class of the shipping company Hamburg Süd has 2,100 connections for refrigerated containers, known as reefers. No other vessels worldwide currently have greater capacity for reefer containers than the “Cap San Lorenzo” and its sister vessels, which are also amongst the biggest ships of the shipping company.
Around half a million boxes were handled by rail at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) last year. This means that CTA was by far Germany’s largest rail terminal in terms of container throughput in 2013. This success gives a boost to Hamburg, Europe’s largest railway port.
On 6 February 2014 Hamburg as a centre of economic activity was presented with the Image Award 2014 in the category “Logistics Regions” by VerkehrsRundschau and Matthias Wissmann, VDA President. Senator Frank Horch accepted the distinction in Munich in person. Hamburg is highly popular as a logistics base with Germany‘s shippers. This was the conclusion reached in a recent survey commissioned from the Lüdinghausen-based Kleffmann market research institute by the Munich trade magazine “VerkehrsRundschau”.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has achieved significant volume growth in container throughput and hinterland transport in 2013 and has extended its market position. According to preliminary figures HHLA achieved Group revenue of approx. € 1,155 million and an operating result (EBIT) of around € 158 million.