Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) takes over the 25.5 percent share of the Polish PKP Cargo in the intermodal company Polzug, thus increasing its shareholding in Polzug from 74.5 percent to 100 percent. HHLA and PKP Cargo have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The takeover is still subject to the approval of the cartel authorities.
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.