A new record has been set by the Port of Hamburg for the first nine months of 2014, with total throughput of around 110 million tonnes.
Container handling, which dominates in Hamburg as a universal port, also achieved a record mark of 7.4 million TEU.
As a result, the Port of Hamburg increased its market share of container traffic for the period January to September, 2014, from 26.1% to 26.7%.
A member of the executive board of the Port of Hamburg marketing, Axel Mattern, said: “Hamburg is profiting especially from the double-digit growth in the container trade with Asia. With 12.8% growth, China particularly, Hamburg’s largest partner in the container trades contributed to the immense boost in seaborne foreign trade for Germany’s largest universal port.”
Ingo Egloff, a member of Port of Hamburg marketing’s executive board said: “After China, Russia still occupies second place among the Port of Hamburg’s container partners.
“With more than 160 feeder weekly connections, 32 to Russian ports, Hamburg is further expanding its function as the central hub in the container trade for the Baltic region.”
The chairman of the Hamburg Port Authority Board, said: “2014 has in many respects been a record year for the Port of Hamburg. For us, this is both confirmation that we are on the right course with our intelligent solutions, and a motivation to keep the port on a successful course.”
For 2015, the first registrations have been received for calls in Hamburg by ultra-large containerships of over 400 metres in length.
Hamburg smashes throughput record. (Source: Port of Hamburg)