The Port of Hamburg has handled 2 million containers in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 6.3 percent over the same period in 2012. Seaborne cargo was up 11.1 percent to 35.8 million tons, with general cargo up 8.1 percent to 25.1 million tons and bulk cargo up 18.9 percent to 10.7 million tons.
Hamburg handled 7 million TEU in the first three quarters of the year, an increase of 3.6 percent over
the same period in 2012. Seaborne cargo was up 6 percent to 103.9
million tons, with general cargo up 4.8 percent to 72.5 million tons and
bulk cargo up 8.9 percent to 31.4 million tons.
Hamburg said it did better when compared to the ports of Northern Europe, which it said reported a slight, 0.7-percent average growth in total cargo throughput and a downturn of 1 percent in container handling for the first nine months.
Hamburg Baltic feeder trades profited from the East Asia trade’s return to growth. In the first nine months of 2013, around 2.9 million TEU of transhipment cargo was handled in Hamburg for large containerships and feeders. That represents growth of around 10 percent and a 42-percent share of all container throughput.
Compared to the same period in 2012, traffic on the port railway increased by 4.3 percent, container traffic by 5.5 percent. From January to September this year, approximately 30.9 million tons of goods and 1.6 million standard containers (TEU) rolled over the Port Railway tracks.
Axel Mattern, the Port of Hamburg's marketing chief executive officer, said he anticipates anticipates seaborne cargo throughput for the full year of up to 138.5 million tons. That would correspond to an almost 6-percent increase on the previous year. In his view, up to 9.3 million TEU could be handled in the container trade, making 4-percent growth a possibility for this year.