Port of Hamburg recorded a gain of 7.7% in bulk cargo throughput at 19 million tons.
More specifically, the first-half general cargo throughput was 11.1% lower at 39.2 million tons. 58.2 million tons of seaborne cargoes were handled by terminal operators in the port of Hamburg .
Moreover, this is a reduction of 5.8% compared to the same period of the previous year. With tonnage totalling 23.1 million tons, 2.1% lower, rail almost maintained transport volume there.
Container handling in the port improved in every month of the first half. In particular, in June, it was 10.2% higher than in January.
Comparison of the first two quarters indicates a 4.6% rise in container throughput. As a rule, growth rates in this period are of around 0.6%.
In total, 3.8 million TEU crossed the quaywalls then, a fall of 11.7% in comparison with the same period of the previous year. Container throughput on a tonnage basis totalled 38.7 million tons, being 10.8% lower.
“The positive trend in bulk cargoes was attributable to all sectors,” according to the port. With 3.5 million tons handled, agribulk achieved a first-half increase of 18.6%. Up 18.1% and 5.3 million tons, the trend in throughput of liquid cargoes was similarly positive, while grab cargoes at 10.2 million tons were at almost the previous level.
“On a comparison with other North Sea ports in the North Range, it is absolutely clear that all players in this market are subject to the same tough prevailing circumstances,” commented Axel Mattern, CEO of HHM – Port of Hamburg Marketing.