The Port of Hamburg’s overall results for the first nine months characterized by export growth and an import downturn
In the first nine months of 2012 the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 98.1 million tons (down 0.8 percent). General cargo throughput at 69.2 million tons was just ahead of last year’s figure (up 0.2 percent). Bulk cargo throughput at 28.8 million tons stayed behind the previous year’s (down 3.3 percent).
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its container throughput in the first nine months of 2012 by 1.9 % to 5.4 million standard containers. Revenue fell by 7.2 percent to € 847.2 million due to the restructuring of the Intermodal segment and changes in consolidation methods. The operating result (EBIT) declined by 12.6 % to € 143.8 million. Profit after tax and minority interests was down by 2.1 % compared to the previous year at € 64.0 million.
Volatile freight and charter rates, high fuel prices, unemployed vessels and the problems of ship financing are leading to structural change in coastal and inland waterway shipping. Experts are agreed on that. Yet what does this actually mean for the future of the shortsea, feeder and inland waterway ship trades? And how can companies prepare for the transition?
Ziel des Hafenentwicklungsplans (HEP) ist es, den Hamburger Hafen in enger Abstimmung zwischen dem Hamburger Senat und der HPA weiterhin an der Spitze der erfolgreichsten Häfen weltweit zu halten und seine Wettbewerbsposition weiter zu verbessern
In the first six months of 2012 the Port of Hamburg reported total throughput of 65.8 million tons (up 2.7 percent). At 45 million tons or 4.4 million TEU (20-ft standard containers), the container throughput that predominates in Hamburg as a universal port achieved a gain of 1.9 percent. The reason for this relatively modest growth was the total for empty containers, whereas throughput of loaded containers grew up by 4.7 percent to 3.8 million TEU. Weaker growth rates compared to the 2011 first half are explained by the unusually strong growth achieved at that time.