Port of Hamburg Strengthens Austrian Alliance
Approximately 295,000 TEU was transported between the Port of Hamburg and intermodal terminals in Austria in 2015, mostly by environmentally-friendly rail, representing a 9.3% year-on year gain: a new record for Hamburg’s seaport-hinterland services with Austria.
The proportion of containers on this route transported by rail exceeds 90%, making rail the leading mode of transport.
Alexander Till, Head of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office, said: “Austria is a model destination [for] efficient and environmentally friendly hinterland transport via the Port of Hamburg.
“About 40 container block trains per week operate between Hamburg and Vienna. Altogether more than 80 container trains connect intermodal terminals in Austria every week with Germany’s largest port.”
It was recently announced that plans to strengthen cooperation between Austrian Railways (OBB) and Slovenian Railways (SZ) could shorten transit times between ports and terminals to improve utilisation of the rail network.
“The more favourable geographical location of the Southern ports for East Asia could lead to the assumption that Hamburg and other ports in the North Range will lose market shares in the next few years.
Till concludes: “For over 30 years now, the Port of Hamburg has been the port with the highest throughput of containerized freight for the Austrian economy.
“Hamburg possesses a high number of direct worldwide shipping services, while Austria is extremely well linked with Hamburg by rail.”