Hamburg was the first continental European port of call on the maiden voyage of the CMA CGM Marco Polo. The mega-ship, with a capacity of 16,020 standard containers, is being handled at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai. The French shipping company CMA CGM sets great store by Hamburg because of its geographic location and hinterland links.
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).
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its container throughput in the first nine months of 2012 by 1.9 % to 5.4 million standard containers. Revenue fell by 7.2 percent to € 847.2 million due to the restructuring of the Intermodal segment and changes in consolidation methods. The operating result (EBIT) declined by 12.6 % to € 143.8 million. Profit after tax and minority interests was down by 2.1 % compared to the previous year at € 64.0 million.
Ziel des Hafenentwicklungsplans (HEP) ist es, den Hamburger Hafen in enger Abstimmung zwischen dem Hamburger Senat und der HPA weiterhin an der Spitze der erfolgreichsten Häfen weltweit zu halten und seine Wettbewerbsposition weiter zu verbessern
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) takes over the 25.5 percent share of the Polish PKP Cargo in the intermodal company Polzug, thus increasing its shareholding in Polzug from 74.5 percent to 100 percent. HHLA and PKP Cargo have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The takeover is still subject to the approval of the cartel authorities.
In the first six months of 2012 the Port of Hamburg reported total throughput of 65.8 million tons (up 2.7 percent). At 45 million tons or 4.4 million TEU (20-ft standard containers), the container throughput that predominates in Hamburg as a universal port achieved a gain of 1.9 percent. The reason for this relatively modest growth was the total for empty containers, whereas throughput of loaded containers grew up by 4.7 percent to 3.8 million TEU. Weaker growth rates compared to the 2011 first half are explained by the unusually strong growth achieved at that time.