Sharp surge in Russian traffic via Hamburg after WTO accession

Russia is the second-most important trading partner for the Port of Hamburg in terms of seaborne container handling. With a total volume of approx. 675,000 standard containers (TEU) handled between Hamburg and the Russian ports, the volume of container traffic was up by a further 13.3 per cent in 2012, consolidating the lead in foreign trade with Europe and overseas via Hamburg. This positive trend is also attributable to Russia’s decision to join the WTO, resulting in associated simplifications in commercial law as well as the dismantling of trade barriers.

At 131 million tons, in 2012 total throughput in the Port of Hamburg remained slightly below the previous year

In 2012 the Port of Hamburg’s seaborne cargo throughput reached 130.9 million tons (- 1.0 percent). General cargo throughput at 91.5 million tons was just below the previous year‘s (- 1.2 percent). Bulk cargo throughput at 39.4 million tons (- 0.4 percent) also remained just below the 2011 total. At 8.9 million TEU (20-ft standard containers) in 2012 total container handling predominating in Hamburg was slightly lower (- 1.7 percent).

Hapag-Lloyd will launch a new service to and from Gdynia to Hamburg and Bremerhaven

Hapag-Lloyd will launch a new service to and from Gdynia to Hamburg and Bremerhaven - the Poland Express Service (PEX).

Following the increasing demand in the market and in addition to Hapag-Lloyds existing REX service, the PEX service will offer a second dedicated and direct service for cargo from and to Poland, connecting with Hapag-Lloyds comprehensive and global mainliner service at the ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

The service will offer weekly fixed day sailings with the following rotation:

Together for the Port

The Port of Hamburg will significantly reduce the port calling costs for large-sized ships. The State Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and the port industry are thus responding to the continuing restrictions that apply to passages on the River Elbe. The aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of the port of Hamburg in view of the decision on the channel adjustment rendered by the federal administrative court in Leipzig.

Flyer with information for truckers and dispatchers simplifies transition to European Customs Seaport in Hamburg

Aimed primarily at truckers and dispatchers, the flyer “From Freeport to European Customs Seaport” to mark the abolition of the Freeport in Hamburg from 1 January 2013 is released. To ease the transitional phase to new Customs processes, the flyer contains practical hints for avoiding waiting times, obtaining status data/information on cargoes, opening or completion of transit procedure, availability of Customs officers and Customs offices, as well as details of permitted temporary storage periods for containers at the terminals.

Samskip Multimodal and DSM develop new lightweight container

With an extensive track-record of container innovations and a continuous drive for energy savings, user-friendliness and weight reduction opportunities, Samskip has been closely involved in the development of the new DSM HighQ™ container since October 2009.

The new HighQ™ container aims to be 20% lighter than its steel counterparts. The weight reduction is achieved thanks to composite panels that replace the commonly used corrugated steel. The first 45 ft pallet wide high cube prototype was certified by Lloyd’s June 2011 and real life field tested by Samskip for over one year.

Quarterly Press Conference III-2012

The Port of Hamburg’s overall results for the first nine months characterized by export growth and an import downturn

In the first nine months of 2012 the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 98.1 million tons (down 0.8 percent). General cargo throughput at 69.2 million tons was just ahead of last year’s figure (up 0.2 percent). Bulk cargo throughput at 28.8 million tons stayed behind the previous year’s (down 3.3 percent).

Structural change in coastal and inland waterway shipping – Experts discuss potential solutions at the 9th ShortSea, Feeder and Inland Waterway Shipping Dialogue

Volatile freight and charter rates, high fuel prices, unemployed vessels and the problems of ship financing are leading to structural change in coastal and inland waterway shipping. Experts are agreed on that. Yet what does this actually mean for the future of the shortsea, feeder and inland waterway ship trades? And how can companies prepare for the transition?

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