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.
The highly automated HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) introduces combined loading and discharging to ship dispatching. By the end of the year, the CTA will have implemented the innovative handling procedure Dual Cycle – as the first terminal worldwide, also in terms of transport between container gantry crane and block storage.