New record in store for Port of Hamburg barge services
Hamburg, 13th June 2008 - Barge services in the Port of Hamburg remain on track for a new record. During the first quarter of 2008, a total of 2.96 million tons of cargo were transported in hinterland traffic using this environmentally-friendly means of transportation. This represents an increase of approximately 8 per cent year-on-year.
The most important types of cargo, in addition to coal, petroleum products and ore, included the growing numbers of containers. Around 30,400 TEU (standard containers) were carried on inland-waterways vessels in the hinterland traffic in the first three months - an increase of over 40 per cent compared to 2007 and a new record in the history of the Port of Hamburg.
Ever since containers were first carried on barges on inland waterways in the 1990s, the volume of cargo carried using this means of transport has been increasing continually. Today 15 scheduled liner services for containers link Hamburg with numerous inland ports along the Elbe river and the Mittellandkanal. Inland-waterway barges also play an increasingly important role in moving containers between the various terminals in the Port of Hamburg.
Meanwhile port-related industries are developing concepts designed to further increase the share of inland-waterways shipping in the modal split in future. The view taken here is that there are still vast reserves to absorb the projected growth in cargo transhipments. At a workshop held in Hamburg as part of the research project Port of Hamburg.
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