The Port of Hamburg handled 32.8 million tons of seaborne cargo in the first three months of 2013, putting the German port “back on a growth course,” fueled in particular by a 6.3 percent year-over-year increase in bulk cargo.
The port moved 2.2 million 20-foot-equivalent units in the first quarter, reaching almost the same level as in the first quarter of 2012. TEUs to Asia totaled 1.2 million, also almost reaching the same level as in the corresponding period in the previous year. At 541,000 TEUs, the volume of containers transported between the Port of Hamburg and the Baltic region was up by 2.0 percent compared with the same period last year. The port’s main trading partner in the Baltic region is Russia, which accounted for 161,000 TEUs in the first quarter.
“In combination with this positive trend in feeder traffic, during the rest of the year we anticipate slight growth for container liner services as well,” said Claudia Roller, CEO of the Port of Hamburg Marketing, in a written statement.
Meanwhile, general cargo throughput was 22.7 million tons in the first quarter, falling 1.7 percent from the first quarter total in 2012. Containerized general cargo throughput was 22.3 million tons, down 1.4 percent year-over-year. Handling of conventional general cargo at 435,000 tons also failed to match the previous year’s total by 17.5 percent.
An increase in orders received by the manufacturing industry in the first three months of the year encourages expectation of an upturn for the German economy in 2013 that should have a positive effect on cargo volume at the Port of Hamburg, the port said.