Port of Vancouver USACimbriaTMS Webinar Series COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective - ‘Container Terminals in the Pandemic - Rapid bounce back or slow recovery?Bühler GmbHPort of StocktonCleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Coaltrans Virtual World Coal Leaders Network 2020
  • Vigan
  • Sailors Society
  • Bühler GmbH
  • TBA Group
  • TMS Webinar Series COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective - ‘Container Terminals in the Pandemic - Rapid bounce back or slow recovery?

Hamburg grows rail cargo

(Posted on 10/06/19)

In Germany’s largest universal Port of Hamburg more than 135 million tons of seaborne cargo traffic are cleared annually. A major share of this freight reaches or leaves the port by rail. If you look at the shares of various modes of transport on the overland seaport-hinterland routes, then rail is in pole position in Hamburg with 48.2 percent, ahead of trucking with 41.4 percent and inland waterway with 10.2 percent.

In the first quarter of 2019, a total of 12.5 million tons of freight were transported by rail between the Port of Hamburg and destinations within Germany and Europe. This means an increase of 7.7 percent.

“The Port of Hamburg is Europe’s leading rail port. Against the backdrop of overloaded roads and the desire for the most environment-friendly freight transport possible, in the coming years, rail will gain in importance in seaport-hinterland transport. To be well prepared for growth in freight quantities, it is not enough for the ports alone to invest in developing and modernizing, as well as in digitalizing its infrastructure.

Both the rail network and the inland handling terminals have to have both their performance and capacity upgraded for the additional freight volumes,” states Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing - HHM. In his opinion, only with the full cooperation of all players in the transport chain will achievement of better utilization of existing capacity be feasible.

With a freight volume of more than 46 million tons carried annually on the tracks of Hamburg Port Railway, Hamburg is the largest rail-port by a long way. Some twelve percent of all rail freight services in Germany have their origin or destination in the port of Hamburg. In excess of 200 freight trains daily utilize the approximately 300 kilometres of rail network of Hamburg Port Railway and the large number of industrial sidings in the port. More than 5,000 freight railcars have to be reliably positioned everyday either in blocks or individually in the handling terminals and industrial premises. The number of rail transport operators utilizing this widespread rail network has risen in recent years to more than 150 companies. They, with their marketing organisations, provide a dense network of single railcar, shuttle and block train services throughout Germany and Europe. Within the port, companies take on marshalling duties.

By sea, rail or air – the decision has to be taken frequently between these three modes of transport, when goods have to be carried between China and Europe. Here cost and time play an important role. Without a doubt, airfreight is the fastest means of transport, with import and export freight between Asia and Europe only taking one to two days. Albeit, air freight is also very costly. On the contrary, sea freight between the two continents is very low-priced, but it can take anything up to eight weeks till the goods reach their final destination. The third way, transporting freight by rail, closes the gap between sea and air freight: Trains take two to three weeks between Asia and destinations in Europe and lie between the two where transport costs are concerned.

Latest News

Single power system for Belgian and Dutch inland ports

(Posted on 18/10/20)

The Port of Antwerp, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam, North Sea Port Netherlands... Read more


Steel, power and mining drive Essar tonnage growth

(Posted on 12/10/20)

Essar Ports, a leading private port infrastructure company in India, has announce that for the quarter... Read more


Crucial step for Trois-Rivières

(Posted on 12/10/20)

The Port of Trois-Rivières has received confirmation of significant financial assistance of $... Read more


BPA: borders proposals welcome but timescales short

(Posted on 12/10/20)

Responding to the publication of the UK government’s the Border Operating Model, the British Ports... Read more


Rotterdam joins new Future Fuels Network

(Posted on 07/10/20)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has become a member of the new Future Fuels Network which was launched... Read more


PD welcomes government ports investment

(Posted on 07/10/20)

PD Ports has welcomed the Government’s announcement to invest £160million in ports and factories... Read more


HHLA invests in Trieste

(Posted on 02/10/20)

The Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is taking a majority stake of 50.01 percent in the multi-... Read more


Search on for Antwerp breakbulk dock candidate

(Posted on 01/10/20)

The Churchill Dock, located in the middle of the Port of Antwerp, is set to become a fully-fledged &... Read more


MOU brings Niagara hubs a step closer

(Posted on 28/09/20)

A new network of Niagara logistics hubs is a step closer to reality with the signing of a Memorandum... Read more


Mid-year bulk records for Vancouver

(Posted on 27/09/20)

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has released the 2020 mid-year statistics for goods moving through... Read more


China Coaltrans 2020Coaltrans Virtual World Coal Leaders Network 2020Port of South LouisianaTOC EventsTBA GroupSailors Society
  • Telestack
  • TOC Events
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Cimbria

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping