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In early April, during the traditional German week in St. Petersburg, a workshop was run with the accent on ‘Digitalisation in the port sector and logistics’. It was co-organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), the German-Russian chamber of commerce and the German business Eastern-Europe association. The event also provided a suitable backdrop signing a partnersship and cooperation agreement between Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping.
The ports in Hamburg and St. Petersburg both lie very close to the cities. As universal ports they have similar structures and face comparable challenges managing traffic and logistics processes. The invitation to the ‘Digitalisation in the port sector and logistics’ workshop in St. Petersburg was taken up by more than 130 participants. After Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Hamburg Marketing welcomed them and the guests of honour, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz stressed that despite the ongoing strained political relationship, foreign trade between Russia and the Port of Hamburg has once again developed positively. The mutual exchange of information and the business relationships between the two significant port cities are being successfully built up with the support of the HHM Representative Office in St. Petersburg. The German Consul-General in St. Petersburg, Eltje Aderhold Ph.D. was pleased with the well-structured workshop programme and the signed cooperation agreement.
The advantages of digitalization for the port sector and logistics were explained to the numerous Russian conference participants. Taking the Port of Hamburg and its transport and logistics companies as an example, Lutz Birke from Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) presented the ‘smartPORT’ project. He explained that HPA began very early, not only to develop innovative projects, but to test them in everyday working conditions in the port, then implementing them long-term. Since 2013, a total of more than 30 ‘smartPORT’ projects have been realized by HPA. Freight and traffic now flow much more smoothly than before. Next, Torsten Neubert from Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) reported on the opportunities and challenges when automating handling terminals, with a special focus on German-Russian cooperation projects. In their lectures Elena Grebenshikova from the Solvo Group and Veronika Zueva with her colleague Igor Vivsyny from Kühne+Nagel presented how high-powered IT solutions can be applied today in logistics, terminal control and transport processes.
In the closing panel discussion, facilitated by Ingo Egloff, all of the panellists were agreed that today’s modern ports are innovation drivers in their own regions, needing very good connections to research institutes and innovative companies to achieve further progress. To ensure a highly-qualified upcoming generation for the port and logistics sectors, educational institutions such as universities of applied science and the maritime-oriented Admiral Makarov State University in St. Petersburg are really important cornerstones.
Ingo Egloff and Natalia Kapkajewa, head of the Port of Hamburg representative office in St. Petersburg, immediately received very positive workshop feedback from event participants during networking after the presentation programme. “The good, long cooperation between the two port cities is an excellent basis for organising future workshops on the topics of logistics, the environment and IT. By presenting worthwhile best practice examples from Hamburg, we are also promoting interaction and transfer of know-how between Hamburg and St. Petersburg“, stated Natalia Kapkajewa.
Since Hamburg and St. Petersburg are this year celebrating their sixtieth city-twinning anniversary, Olaf Scholz, the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, under-secretary of state Rolf Bösinger Ph.D. and further representatives from Hamburg companies and institutions took part in the event. Among them, there were numerous guests of honour from Hamburg and St. Petersburg, as well as the German Consul-General, Eltje Aderhold Ph.D. In his welcoming speech Olaf Scholz stressed the similarities of the cities concerning their port districts, also welcoming signing the cooperation agreement between Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping. The ports right at the heart of both cities have hallmarked the attitude to life and the identity of our cities for centuries. In Hamburg we have now added the Elbe Philharmonic Hall that you can visit as an interactive model at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg,” said Scholz. Both port cities are characterized by their openness and international flair, as well as their shared interest in real cooperation, promoting maritime vocational training and exchanging experience.
Port of Hamburg Marketing
Bengt van Beuningen (vB)
phone: +49 40 37709 110
Julia Delfs (De)
phone: +49 40 37709 118
Annette Krüger (AK)
phone: +49 40 37709 112
The Port of Hamburg has achieved a fresh advance towards digitalization. The first fully-automatic system for monitoring reefer containers has been introduced at the C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal) multi-purpose cargo handling facility. The system has been developed and launched by the Austrian technology group Identec Solutions, specialists in wireless sensor and localization applications.
As a rule, reefer containers are manually checked by staff at cargo handling terminals at specific intervals, usually of between four and eight hours, for normal functioning, temperature, humidity and other parameters. This effort is supplanted by the CTAS Reefer System developed by Identec Solutions, which records, notifies and processes all data fully automatically.
Since the end of 2016, a monitoring device tag has been attached magnetically to every incoming reefer container at C. Steinweg as an automatic link with the container’s controller. “CTAS Reefer is compatible with all current models from reefer container manufacturers such as Daikin, Carrier, Starcool or Thermoking. Unlike the usual power-line modem solutions, this is completely independent,” stresses Stephan Piworus, Global Vice President, Sales Ports & Terminals for Identec Solutions in Hamburg. Once connected, the tag notifies relevant reefer data every 15 minutes by radio signal. Should any discrepancies occur, these generate an automatic alarm signal facilitating an immediate response.
CTAS Reefer is linked with C. Steinweg’s terminal operating system (TOS), completely integrating reefer container processes in terminal operation. When the box leaves the terminal again, the tag is simply removed and used for the next container arriving. All data handled remain archived in the system and can be retrieved in the event of enquiries or insurance cases.
“Use of the CTAS Reefer facilitates substantial reduction of labour-intensive, manual checking and documentation input,” explains Piworus. “Multiple data input is unnecessary, virtually eliminating any risk of errors in data recording. C. Steinweg not only has an uninterrupted record of the state of a reefer for the duration of its stay at the terminal, but with the box being checked every 15 minutes, also boosts both safety and customer satisfaction.”
Last year C. Steinweg was able to attract three new customers for its multi-purpose terminal in Hamburg. In addition to conventional general cargoes, these are shipping more export reefer containers. “We therefore gave special attention to how to organize an optimal service for reefer containers,” says Rainer Fabian, Managing Director of C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal) in Hamburg. “Automated high-frequency data collection enables us to guarantee maximum safety and security for sensitive reefer cargoes. Instead of going unnoticed, defective reefer aggregates or discontinuation of power supply are quickly reported and can be rectified immediately. Our trained, expert staff look after handling, connection and settings of reefer containers.”
CTAS Reefer is the first system of this kind to be installed in the Port of Hamburg. Besides Hamburg, CTAS Reefer is already in service in the Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Pakistan, Argentina, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Colombia.
Identec was founded in Lustenau, Austria, in 1999 and is a global provider of wireless solutions guaranteeing visibility to improve efficiency, safety as well as security in challenging industrial operating environments. Sector-specific applications based on robust RFID radio technology are in use in the oil & gas, port/terminal, tunnelling/mining sectors, as well as the automotive and chemical industries. Identec Solutions is a privately run company in the Identec Group and apart from its head office in Austria has regional offices in Australia, the USA, Norway and Germany (in Hamburg and Hirschberg). www.identecsolutions.com
C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal)
C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal)’s universal cargo handling facility has been operating on Kamerunkai in the Port of Hamburg since 1858. The focus of activity here is on stevedoring and warehousing of conventional and containerized general cargo. Among the freight stored here in an ISPS-certified exchange warehouse are metals, coffee, cocoa, paper and project shipments. Other services provided include goods checking, sampling, re-packing, inspections, fumigation and customs formalities. www.hamburg.steinweg.com
Identec Solutions Deutschland GmbH
Tel.: +49-(0)151-74 12 26 06
C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal) GmbH & Co. KG
Tel.: +49-(0)40-78 95 01 14
With record total volume of 296,000 TEU in 2016, the Port of Hamburg remains Austria’s most important trading partner in containerized shipping. Alexander Till, Manager of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Vienna, is convinced that the trend will also continue this year: ‘Following many discussions with Austrian decision-makers in the first quarter, one may say that 2017 too will again be a successful year for the Port of Hamburg in Austria.’
The background for this view is that more and more decision-makers are realizing that 98 percent of shipments to and from Austria via Hamburg are being handled by environment-friendly rail. ‘At a time when ecological footprint per container is of growing importance, this gives the Port of Hamburg a crucial competitive advantage,’ states an optimistic Alexander Till.
Overall, around 42 percent of Austrian container volume is handled on services via Hamburg. Looking at the general situation on the Austrian seaborne and intermodal freight market, this is an especially gratifying situation. ‘Its central geographical location makes the Austrian market hotly contested among several European ports. In recent years, the Southern ports, especially, have managed to increase their market shares. Even in this challenging market environment, the Port of Hamburg has invariably proved able to defend its dominant role,’ explains Alexander Till.
Among the contributory factors are its excellent rail links, the dense departure frequency of daily container block trains, as well as the Port of Hamburg’s high number of direct worldwide liner services. Backed up by Port of Hamburg Marketing’s activities, numerous business links with the Austrian sea freight sector have also thrived for many years. The Vienna Representative Office’s marketing activities are reflected in the organization over the last ten years of more than 30 Austria-wide workshops that are also recognized outside Austria. For leading representatives of politics and business, for example, HHM organizes comprehensive tours of the Port of Hamburg, the latest example being one for a delegation from the Federation of Austrian Industry last year.
Press photos and further news can be found on www.hafen-hamburg.de/en/press
Port of Hamburg Marketing
Bengt van Beuningen (vB)
phone: +49 40 37709 110
Julia Delfs (De)
phone: +49 40 37709 118
Annette Krüger (AK)
phone: +49 40 37709 112
Press Release No. 05/17 Hamburg, 15 February 2017
Port of Hamburg resumes growth course
Container throughput achieves 1.0 percent advance in 2016/ Setting a record result for
seaport-hinterland rail transport with 2.4 million TEU
In 2016 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a turnaround in seaborne cargo throughput,
reaching a total 138.2 million tons in the general and bulk cargo segments. ‘Seaborne cargo
throughput in the Port of Hamburg again developed upwards with an increase of 0.3 percent.
Stronger general cargo throughput offset a slight downturn in bulk cargo throughput. The Port
of Hamburg is also contemplating a positive trend for 2017,’ said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port
of Hamburg Marketing. The successful development of seaport-hinterland transport by rail
was maintained. ‘Hamburg is further extending its position as Europe’s leading rail port. In 2016,
46.4 million tons of freight (up 1.5 percent) and 2.4 million TEU (up 2.4 percent) were
transported in/out of the port by rail. We are delighted about this record result.
Now at 46.6 percent, the proportion of freight transported by rail received a further boost,’
said Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.
After an initially modest start at the beginning of the year, container throughput picked up
during the second half, achieving a 1.0 percent advance over twelve months to 8.9 million TEU.
At 91.7 million tons, total containerized cargo volume rose by 1.2 percent. The container traffic
with Asia that is of such special importance for the Port of Hamburg was up by 1.3 percent at 4.7
million TEU. Also dominating in Hamburg, container throughput with Chinese ports made good progress,
increasing by 1.6 percent to 2.6 million TEU. Container services on trade routes with North and
South America were 2.9 percent ahead at 1.2 million TEU. Handling 2.6 million TEU, the European
container trade remained at the previous year’s level. A gratifying 4.5 percent increase took
container traffic with Russia up to 453,000 TEU. ‘Despite trade sanctions remaining in force,
Russia returned to second place (2015: third) among the Port of Hamburg’s container transport
trading partners,’ reported Ingo Egloff. As before, direct calls by container liner services in
Gothenburg and Danzig caused downturns in Hamburg’s seaborne container throughput with Sweden,
10.6 percent lower at 243,000 TEU, and Poland, down by 9.7 percent at 214,000 TEU. Totalling
1.8 million TEU, container services with the Baltic nevertheless remained at the previous year’s
level. Up 2.0 percent at 241,000 TEU, India’s continuingly growing importance remained very
satisfactory. The country now takes tenth place in the list of Hamburg’s top trading partners for
container transport. Other positive trends in container traffic can be reported with the USA,
11.1 percent up at 363,000 TEU, United Kingdom, 12.6 percent up at 246,000 TEU, United Arab Emirates,
11.1 percent up at 234,000 TEU, and Mexico, 17.8 percent higher at 74,000 TEU.
On both imports and exports, the Port of Hamburg’s throughput balance for 2016 reflected growth.
At 4.6 million TEU, imports were up by 1.2 percent, while exports at 4.3 million TEU scored
a 0.7 percent advance. ‘Despite lower transhipment-container services by feederships to/from
Sweden and Poland, on total throughput the port can report an upward trend for both imports and
exports. Growth was primarily generated by container services with Asia and the Americas,’
On bulk cargo throughput, accounting for throughput of 44.9 million tons (down 1.3 percent) in
Hamburg in 2016, imports and exports fared differently. On the import side, a total of 33.4 million
tons represented a gain of 3.0 percent. On exports, at 11.5 million tons bulk cargo throughput was
down on the previous year by 11.9 percent. Ensuring import growth were the following segments:
suction cargoes – oilseeds, grains & feedstuffs – that were 7.8 percent higher at 4.3 million tons,
and liquid cargoes that rose by 9.7 percent to 10.7 million tons. Here the main cause of the
increase was a 29.4 percent advance to 9.7 million tons in imports of oil products. Mainly involving
coal and ores, grab cargo throughput was slightly – 1.4 percent – down to 18.5 million tons on the
previous year. At 11.5 million tons, exports in the suction, liquid and grab cargo segments were
down by 11.9 percent, for various reasons. Apart from the harvest-related downturn in grain exports
down by 23.2 percent at 3.2 million tons, another in oil products was also recorded. At 2.2 million
tons, these were 20.6 percent lower than in the especially strong previous year, primarily as the
result of the closure of a major refinery in Hamburg, where oil product exports ceased.
At 3.5 million tons – down by 0.5 percent – the result on grab cargoes almost matched the previous
In 2016, at 1.5 million tons throughput of non-containerized general cargoes, for example bulky
plant elements and wheeled cargo, was 11.0 percent down on the previous year. On the import side,
with the total 9.7 percent lower at 518,000 tons, growing totals for citrus fruits – 1.7 percent
higher at 182,000 tons – and other conventional cargoes, for example large machinery, proved unable
to offset downturns for paper, wood, metal and vehicles. On exports of conventional general cargoes,
with the total down 11.6 percent at one million tons, growth for timber, iron and steel failed to
offset lower vehicle exports.
Record result for seaport-hinterland rail transport
Ingo Egloff and Axel Mattern, Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Joint CEOs, declared at the Port of
Hamburg’s Annual Press Conference that seaborne cargo throughput in the universal Port of Hamburg
has stabilized and there is an obvious upward trend. In strong competition with the other main
ports in Northern Europe, Hamburg can claim an especially positive trend in seaport-hinterland
services. Against the trend for lower volumes on rail freight traffic in Germany, at 46.4 million
tons the volume transported into/out of the Port of Hamburg was 1.5 percent higher. The number of
containers transported by rail climbed by 2.4 percent to 2.4 million TEU. In the Port of Hamburg’s
modal split, rail further increased its share of containers transported from 41.6 percent to
42.3 percent. Linking Hamburg with all hinterland economic centres, more than 200 freight trains
reach or leave Europe’s largest rail port every day. “In a comparison with ports in Europe, the
highest number of connections and the great frequency of train departures to/from Hamburg are very
advantageous in offering shippers in industry and commerce rapid handling of their export and
import cargoes,’ said Egloff.
Elbe fairway adjustment is coming
To continue expanding the Port of Hamburg in its multitude of functions and to keep it competitive,
modernization and expansion of an efficient infrastructure for freight transport by rail, truck,
inland waterway or oceangoing ship is of crucial importance. ‘With its judgement on 9 February,
the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig expressly underlined the necessity of the fairway
adjustment,’ said Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). Fairway adjustment is coming.
Now the task is to extend the legal process. ‘We shall now be concentrating on clarifying the
questions about possible fluctuations in the salinity of the Elbe and on attending to demands for
additional compensatory areas within the framework of what is compatible with legislation on
protecting habitats.’ The project group responsible will be urgently working on this, yet it is
too early just now to make a firm statement on the time framework required.
The Federal Administrative Court made clear in its judgement that no deficiencies are evident in
the entire planning process and that the objections by environmental groups in respect of hydraulic
construction measures are unfounded. The European water directive has also been observed.
Only the protection of one plant species, the ‘Hemlock Water Dropwort’ and the designation of
compensatory areas require improvement, and then the measure should be implemented.
‘So it is clear that fairway adjustment is coming, but we regret the loss of more time in
implementing the measure. The essential point is that for shipping on the Elbe and operations in
the Port of Hamburg, nothing changes. We have proved able until now to handle the largest containerships,
and that will remain so in future. No deterioration will therefore be occurring,’ stressed Egloff.
The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port, guaranteeing more than 156,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
The port is a significant industrial base and with net added value of 21.8 billion euros is of
immense significance for the entire German economy. For 2017, the Port of Hamburg’s marketing
organization reckons with a seaborne cargo throughput at last year’s level.
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