Port of Hamburg

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Hamburg further strengthens its market share in container traffic

The universal Port of Hamburg is continuing its run of success in 2006. In 2006 the port again will show an increase in bulk and general cargo handling. The number of handled containers (TEU) will come close to 9 million. The total cargo volume will climb up to around 135 million tons. With a handling volume of 4.2 million TEU, container shipping grew by 10.7 percent during the first half-year 2006. Cargo handling at the general cargo and bulk terminals of Germany's largest seaport rose to 66.2 million tons overall during the first half-year. Compared to the period of the previous year this corresponds to a growth of 9.7 percent. "In addition there is Germany's still strong position in foreign trade, providing additional imports and exports in seaborne trade", added Lorenz, who was much delighted with the growth rates of suction cargo handling (up 32.6 percent), grab cargo handling (up 5.6 percent) and liquid cargo handling (up 10.3 percent). "With its significant growth of 10.5 percent in total and a quantity of 21.2 million tons bulk cargo handling underlines Hamburg's outstanding position as Germany's largest universal port", the HHM Chairman stressed.

Last year, container cargo handling via Hamburg grew at 15.5 per cent to 8.1 million TEU’s. By exceeding the figure of 8 million, Hamburg has climbed to eighth position in the world rankings of container ports. Hamburg occupies second place in Europe. Imports and exports have contributed almost equally to the new record result for container cargo. Hamburg has therefore further extended its market share of container traffic. This applies particularly for the traditionally strong main markets and priority relations for Hamburg, those of Asia, South America and the Baltic region. 2005 has yielded even more cargo from Asia and the Far East – business with China has reached the 2 million TEU level for the first time. Container traffic from three directions, i.e. Eastern Asia, South East Asia, and the Indian sub-continent, has reached double-digit growth rates in each case. Approximately 4.3 million TEU’s have been handled via Hamburg in business with Asia.

And based on current projections, this level of growth is set to continue. A forecast from the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) indicates that container handling in the Port of Hamburg will grow to 13 million TEU by the year 2010.This market potential needs to be exploited by implementing a future-oriented port policy, in order to ensure that our city and our port do not miss the boat, as it were. The Hamburg Senate has therefore approved a special investment programme: by the year 2009, the port's infrastructure is to be improved through additional capital investments of more than Euro 250 million. Added to the investments budgeted in the medium-term financial plan, this means that a total of about Euro 750 million will be allocated to the port.

“Port of Hamburg Handbook 2006” and “Liner Connections via Hamburg 2006/2007”, which produced in revised edition of 10,000 copies each in mid of 2006. Both publications are useful information sources for foreign trade related industrial companies and trading firms as well as for customers and partners of the Port of Hamburg. Besides the website www.hafen-hamburg.de these publications are important media, which offer an overview of the variety of the port services at the Port of Hamburg. The port handbook and the liner connections listing may be ordered directly at “Deutsche Verkehrs-Verlag” by e-mail kundenscrvice@dvz-gruppe.de, Lorenz informed.