Satisfying Q1 for port of Hamburg
In Q1/2017, the port of Hamburg’s total cargo throughput increased by 1.7% to reach 35.4 million t. Bulk cargo was especially strong, with volumes rising by 6.7% to 12.2 million t – the first time this segment overshot the 12 million t mark.
The overall amount of general cargo slipped by a mere 0.7% to 23.1 million t. The volume of exported general cargo rose by 3.4% to 11.9 million t, while imports shrank by 4.7% to 11.2 million t.
Q1/2017 container throughput – at 2.2 million t (- 0.7%) – was on a par with Q1/2016. The numbers of empty boxes fell by 4.9% to 307,000 teu.
“Despite the persisting non-implementation of the dredging of the Lower and Outer Elbe fairway, cargo still finds its way to Hamburg," stated Ingo Egloff, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing. According to Hamburg, the average Q1 growth rate in Rotterdam, Antwerp and Bremen/Bremerhaven, the other major North Range ports, was 1.6%. (kd)