Cargo throughput at the port of Hamburg remained unchanged in the first quarter at 35.6 million tonnes (+0.1% year on year) as gains in dry bulk liftings were offset by a drop in containers.
Bulk traffic was up 12.3% to 11.7 million tonnes in the first three months driven by higher grain and coal volumes while containerised and non-containerised general cargo suffered a -4.9% fall to 23.9 million tonnes, according to port marketing agency Hafen Hamburg.
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The number of containers handled across the Hansestadt’s four terminals dropped by 2.3% to 2,3 million teu, chiefly due to losses in transhipment volumes to and from Russia following the introduction of trade sanctions between Russia and western countries and the depreciation of the ruble. Gateway intermodal cargo, which leaves and arrives at the port by road, rail, and barge, showed an encouraging trend, rising by 7.3% to 1.5 million teu.
Germany’s second-largest port Bremen/Bremerhaven has not yet released its first quarter results, but statistics for the first two revealed losses in all relevant types of cargo: vehicles down by 6.3% year on year, containers down 1.6%. By contrast, cargo handling in both Rotterdam and Antwerp increased by 7.2% and 5.9%, respectively, in the first quarter.