First calls in Hamburg by four new Transatlantic services

18 Feb 2019 12:00 Shipping News

Four new Transatlantic services of THE Alliance have incorporated Germany’s largest container port in their schedules since the beginning of the year. From January, the four liner services AL-1 to AL-4, newcomers to Hamburg, have been handled along with the existing AL-5 service at HHLA’s Container Terminal Altenwerder - CTA. For the companies involved, concentration of these five generates a multitude of synergies.
Shipowners Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming and ONE deploy containerships with slot capacities of between 3,200 and 5,600 TEU - standard containers - on the services now calling Hamburg. Port of Hamburg Marketing, the port’s marketing organization, assumes that the transfer of these container services from Bremerhaven will bring annual throughput of the order up to 500,000 TEU to the Elbe.
Against a background of the recent downturn in container handling between Hamburg and the US East Coast, this is a very gratifying prospect. Many shippers, forwarders and companies doing import and export business with the USA and Mexico will profit in future from shorter hinterland links for out- and in-bound boxes. For the Port of Hamburg, this will also bring an increase in container transport by environment-friendly rail.

Some details of the new container services from Hamburg:
  • AL-1: Hamburg, Antwerp, London, Norfolk, Philadelphia, New York, Halifax, Rotterdam, Hamburg
  • AL-2: Hamburg, New York, Charleston, Savannah, Le Havre, London, Rotterdam, Hamburg
  • AL-3: Hamburg, London, Charleston, Port Everglades, Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, Antwerp, Hamburg
  • AL-4: Hamburg, Le Havre, Tuxpan, Vera Cruz, Altamira, Houston, New Orleans, London, Antwerp, Hamburg
On the Transatlantic trade route, a total of twelve liner services will then connect the Port of Hamburg with the North American East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.
Along with the seven container services, a combined service for containers and wheeled cargo, plus four multi-purpose services, will also be handled. These are particularly suitable for plant shipments and other conventional general cargoes. In addition, one container service offers a connection with ports on the North American West Coast.

First ships of the new transatlantic services in Hamburg