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Hamburg’s bulk cargo handling for 1H15 12.3% up on the previous year

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In the port of Hamburg, for 1H15 bulk cargo handling at 23.6 million t was 12.3% up on the previous year. 1H15 container throughput reached 4.5 million TEU (20-ft standard containers), remaining 6.8% below the previous year’s total.

Coal imports reached 3.8 million t, producing a 46.3% growth, on the back of increased demand from the new Moorburg power plant.

“This volume of coal will enable up to 11 billion kW hours of power to be generated, or almost as much as Hamburg needs in a year. At the same time, the Moorburg plant produces one-quarter less CO2 than older coal-fired stations, and moreover can be steered so flexibly as to react very effectively to fluctuating power input derived from renewable energy sources,” says Pieter Wasmuth, head of Vattenfall for Hamburg and Northern Germany.

Suction cargoes exports increased by 22.4%, to 5.3 million t, and 1H15 throughput of liquid cargoes at 6.7 million t was 3.3 % slightly below the comparable figure last year.

The handling of non-containerised general cargo, for example large plant elements and wheeled cargoes, was 5.8% below the previous year’s total, at 876 000 t. At 4.5 million TEU (20ft standard containers), container handling in 1H15 was down 6.8% compared to the previous year’s performance. This was primarily attributed to weak foreign trade for the port’s two leading partners, China and Russia, for which container traffic totals via Hamburg were distinctly lower than the previous year: for China this was by 10.9% and for Russia this was by 35.9%.

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