Port of Hamburg Reports Strong First Half

The Port of Hamburg reported strong growth in the first half of 2019 with seaborne cargo rising by over 4 percent helped by the solid growth in general cargo. Germany’s largest seaport said it handled a total of 69.4 million tons, representing 4.1 percent growth in 1H 2019. Container volumes increased 7.5 percent to 4.7 million TEU. The port said it saw especially good … [Read more...]

Record Drug Bust at Port of Hamburg

BERLIN (Reuters) - German authorities on Friday said they had seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine worth 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) in the northern port city of Hamburg - the nation's biggest drugs haul to date. The Hamburg customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago that came from the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and was bound for the … [Read more...]

Elbe River Dredging Kicks Off

The project to widen and deepen the Elbe River has kicked off with the arrival of DEME Group’s hopper dredger ‘Scheldt River’. The project consists of widening and deepening the 72-mile long Elbe fairway, leading to the port of Hamburg, to allow two-way traffic of ultra-large containerships without restrictions. “This is very good news for our trading and shipping … [Read more...]

Hamburg Lags Behind Rival European Ports as It Awaits Deeper Elbe

By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) - The port of Hamburg is continuing to lose ground to its North European container competitors, with another year-on-year decline in first-half results. Throughput for the German port fell 2.7% on 2017 and, despite the port’s best efforts to shrug off the drop, it finds itself lagging behind Antwerp and Rotterdam. However, joint chief … [Read more...]

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...]