Hamburg increased container traffic
The cargo turnover of the port of Hamburg in the first 9 months of 2019 amounted to 104 million tons, 3.2% more than for the same period last year, the port told SeaNews. Container turnover increased by 6.9% to 7 million TEU, which, the port notes, exceeds the average dynamics of other large container ports in Northern Europe, which grew by an average of 3.4%.
The growth in container traffic in Hamburg is primarily explained by the inclusion of the port in the rotation of four new transatlantic services, as well as four new Baltic feeder services. New Hapag-Lloyd and ONE services were opened this year between Hamburg and the ports of the United States, Canada and Mexico. For three quarters of 2019, container traffic with the United States amounted to 439 thousand TEU, an increase of 336 thousand TEU or 325% more than a year earlier.
Transmission increased 4.3% to 2.6 million TEU. The number of ship calls of megacontainer carriers with a capacity of 18 thousand TEU and above increased by 18.3% – to 123.
Bulk cargo handling decreased by 2.1% to 31.6 million tons. At the same time, imports increased by 1.1% to 24.8 million tons, including bulk cargoes, primarily grain and oilseeds – by 8% to 3.2 million tons. In the bulk segment, imports of iron ore for the steel industry increased (+ 1.4% to 7.8 million tons), while imports of coal and coke declined. The import of petroleum products increased by 7.7% (+ 7.7%).
The export of bulk cargo amounted to 6.8 million tons, 12.3% less than a year earlier. The decline in exports at the port is mainly attributed to a decrease in grain shipments due to a poor harvest.