Port of Hamburg’s HHLA Makes Promising Growth


Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), an operator of three container terminals at the Port of Hamburg, recorded significant year-on-year growth in its key performance indicators in the first half of 2017.

Group revenue has risen by almost 9% to US$731.6 million, with the operating result (EBIT) for the entire group climbing by approximately 48% to $116 million and for its Port Logistics subdivision by just over 54% to $106.4 million.

This was primarily attributable to higher earnings in the container segment due to an increase in volumes as well as to the successfully completed restructuring in the logistics segment, which led to one-off expenses in the first half of 2016.

Throughput at the HHLA container terminals stood at 3.6 million TEU – some 12% higher than in the first six months of last year.

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The Intermodal subsidiaries also achieved volume growth of approximately 7% to more than 744,000 TEU.

Commenting on the positive course of business in the first half, Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, said: “Following the reorganisation of the alliances of the shipping companies, HHLA managed to maintain its strong position in contested market environments.

“We are not just benefiting from ongoing positive economic developments in the world and in Germany; we are also profiting from our own service capability.

“HHLA took timely steps to prepare for this upswing by making targeted investments in our facilities. This means we can offer our customers a range of services that offer a high level of quality and reliability, and thus generate growth at the Port of Hamburg with them.”

Gerald Hirt was recently named the new Managing Director of the Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC), a joint venture between HHLA and Eurogate.

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