Rhine Reopens To River Shipping After Flood

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Germany’s Rhine river was reopened to shipping today after waters fell, following its closure for the past week as rain and melting snow raised water levels, authorities said. High water mostly peaked in north Germany over the weekend, but levels have fallen substantially allowing vessel sailings on the entire stretch, the river flood monitoring agency … [Read more...]

Will ULCV Spike Prompt Hamburg To Dredge The Elbe? Probably Not

 By Mike Wackett (TheLoadstar) The number of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) of 14,000-19,000 teu calling at the port of Hamburg in the second quarter was 83% higher than the same period last year. Despite the lack of progress in approving deeper navigation channels on the Lower and Outer Elbe, container lines are scheduling their … [Read more...]

Fire on UASC Containership at Port of Hamburg

  A fire broke out in the cargo area of a UASC containership early Friday morning as it arrived at the port of Hamburg. Local media reports say that firefighters were called to a container terminal at Waltershof shortly after midnight to respond to a fire in the container stacks onboard the 13,500 TEU MV Alula. As many as 20 containers had to be removed from the … [Read more...]

Port of Hamburg Slashes 2015 Volume Forecasts on China, Russia

  HAMBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The Port of Hamburg Marketing Association has slashed its forecast for container volumes at Hamburg's port, a hub for eastern European trade, due to weakening growth in China and shrinking trade with Russia. The association said on Monday it now expects container volumes to fall 7 percent to 9 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit … [Read more...]

World’s Biggest Containership MSC ZOE Christened in Hamburg

Mediterranean Shipping Company celebrated the christening of one of the world's biggest containerships, MSC Zoe, this weekend in Hamburg, Germany. The 395.5 meter long ship is the third vessel in MSC's 'Oscar class' behind MSC Oscar and MSC Oliver, which at 19,224 TEU each are the largest containerships in the world by carrying capacity. MSC Zoe made her way up the Elbe … [Read more...]