HHLA boosted its share of ocean container traffic in the Hamburg-Le Havre range in 2013 and posted a significant growth in rail and road traffic to the European hinterland.
The biggest stevedore in the port of Hamburg bucked the industry-wide trend of flat traffic with a 4.4 percent rise in containers handled to 7.5 million 20-foot-equivalent units from 7.2 million TEUs in 2012 , and an 18 percent surge in intermodal transport to 1.2 million TEUs.
The provisional financial figures were more modest, with group revenue growing just 2.3 percent to €1.15 billion ($1.55 billion) and operating profit slipping to around €158 million from €186.3 million a year earlier.
The Port Logistics unit — HHLA’s core business listed on the Frankfurt stock market — generated revenue of around €1.13 billion against €1.1 billion in 2012, while operating profit fell to €144 million from €173.1 million.
“HHLA was able to strengthen and extend its market position in 2013 despite a challenging macroeconomic environment,” said Klaus-Dieter Peters, chairman of HHLA’s executive board.
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