• 25. April 2019
  • 11:01
  • Economy

Port of Hamburg participation in TransRussia in Moscow: Numerous new contacts and two new cooperation deals

At TransRussia, the largest logistics trade fair held in Russia, direct contact between German and Russian partners is an essential factor for staying in business together.

Of new design, the Port of Hamburg joint venture stand organized by HHM was very well received by numerous trade fair visitors and representatives of the companies showcasing: HHLA Hamburger Hafen- und Logistik, LHG Lübecker Hafengesellschaft, ECL European Cargo Logistics, METRANS and SAMSKIP. Dr Torsten Sevecke, Hamburg’s Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation, delivered a welcome speech at the official opening of the fair. An intensive exchange of views later enabled him to deepen his contacts with the Russian side. Logistics Alliance Germany, BVL - Bundesvereinigung Logistik - and HHM as the hosts were also very successful with their German-Russian Logistics Forum on the topic ‘German-Russian Alliances – The prospects in transport and logistics’. More than 220 guests displayed great interest in the expert contributions. Those on Logistics 4.0, Contract Logistics and the New Silk Road attracted special attention.

Held from 15-17 April, the 24th TransRussia international trade fair also offered the two organizations Digital Transport and Logistics (DTL) and Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) a suitable occasion for signing a cooperation agreement. The DTL alliance was set up by Russian Railways (RZD), Aeroflot, RT-Invest Transport Systems, Avtodor, Glosav, ZashchitaInfoTrans and Digital Radio Engineering Systems in 2018. DTL is a centre of competence of the same name for Russian Ministry of Transport projects.

The new partnership aims to promote cooperation in the digitalization field and development of information/data services while observing international norms, lessons learnt and commercial requirements. At the signature ceremony, Alexei Semenov, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Transport, underlined the significance of cooperation between DTL and Germany’s largest seaports. “The exchange of experience between leading concerns in the Russian transport sector and port operators in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region is of such importance because numerous digital solutions and services are already being used successfully there today. Such applications can also contribute towards development of multimodal freight services between Russia and Germany.”

Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, emphasized in his speech that Russia is one of the port’s major partners in seaborne freight traffic. “Signature of the memorandum and our highly promising cooperation with ‘Digital Transport and Logistics’ is the first step towards beneficial cooperation at a commercial level. Our countries already observe high standards in digitalizing the transport and logistics sector. Cooperation can assist us in building faster and simpler logistics chains and optimizing international transport corridors,” stated Egloff.

At the signing of the agreement with HHM, Anton Zamkov, Director of DTL and Director-General of ‘RT-Invest Transport Systems’, said that in Russia formation of  digital platforms for the entire Russian transport complex was urgently necessary from the point of view of major forwarders, freight carriers and retailing companies. “The challenges we need to tackle are a significant reduction of costs in the transport and logistics sector, optimization of official rules regulating transport processes and automation of administrative procedures,” explained Zamkov.

In the course of the German-Russian Logistics Workshop in Moscow, at which Port of Hamburg Marketing and transport and logistics companies showcased, an additional agreement was signed between the Rosatom concern, represented by Alexandr Neklyudov, Director of its AO Atomenergoprom project, and Ingo Egloff. Rosatom has been commissioned by the Russian government to develop areas along the ‘Northern Sea Route’ - NSR. Both sides wish to strengthen and expand cooperation between the ports along the NSR and those in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. For the Russian state concern Rosatom, the 4800 kilometres of the NSR offer enormous potential for ship traffic and freight transport. In 2018, for instance, according to Rosatom around 20.2 million tons of freight was transported along the Arctic sea route. The Russian development agency envisages that year-round navigability along the NSR should be achieved by 2030. Containerized freight and bulk cargoes from China and Russia, could then take the shorter NSR route to Hamburg. Initial test shipments have already proved successful. The Russian side reckons with an increase in freight transported to 92.6 million tons by 2024. Rosatom sees Port of Hamburg Marketing as the right partner for constructive cooperation in connecting the regions along the NSR with Germany’s largest seaports. HHM Representative Natalia Kapkajewa stated: “Trade and shipping have linked Hamburg and Russia ever since Hanse days. With an efficient link to international shipping, the regions of Polar Ural, Yamal and Krasnojarsk that are rich in raw materials will develop well. Our multiplicity of contacts and connections on the German and Russian sides will make a handsome contribution to this.”

At the interface of worldwide overseas services, Hamburg today already serves as a central hub for the Baltic region and in terms of transport geography, is optimally located in Northern Europe for building up connections with regions along the NSR.

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