Port of Hamburg reports growth in ocean freight handling


The German port of Hamburg recorded a 2.9% increase in sea freight throughput, reaching 95.8 million tonnes in the first nine months of 2021.

However, the port warned that international transport chains would continue to be unstable for the remainder of the year, with global container ports experiencing disruption amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

The port’s bulk cargo volume was 29.7 million tonnes, an increase of 6.1% over the same period last year.

In the first three quarters of 2021, general cargo throughput increased 1.6% to 66.1 million tonnes.

The Port of Hamburg also maintained this “upward trend” for container handling.

Axel Mattern and Ingo Egloff, Co-CEOs of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), said: “With 709,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), the Port of Hamburg posted the highest quarterly container total in its history. transported.

General containerized cargo throughput increased 1.5% to 65.2 million tonnes in the first three quarters of this year.

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The throughput of conventional general cargo was 908,000 tonnes, representing a growth of 5.2%.

In the container throughput segment, exports increased 2.9% to 3.2 million TEU while imports increased 1.9% to 3.3 million TEU.

Excluding Australia / Pacific (-0.1%), the port’s other container traffic routes, which include the Americas (+ 6.7%), Asia (+ 1.4%), Africa (+4 , 5%) and Europe (+ 1.6%), positive throughput performance recorded.

The Port of Hamburg also expects a continued upward trend in sea freight throughput in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The port aims to achieve a combined throughput of nearly 130 million tonnes and 8.7 million TEUs by 2021.

Earlier this month, the Valencia Port Authority, along with the Valenciaport Foundation, partnered with the Hamburg Port Authority to develop hydrogen projects for the maritime sector.