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Containers lead strong Q1 growth at Port of Hamburg

Containers lead strong Q1 growth at Port of Hamburg
The Port of Hamburg reported an 8.6% rise in total throughput in the first quarter to 35.6m t, with volume growth across multiple sectors.

The thrust of the port's growth came from 2.4m teu in container throughput, an 8% increase on the first quarter 2013, with similar growth in both import and export volumes.

For Hamburg's narrow slice of general cargoes besides containers, around 2% of total general cargo, a 5.9% improvement to 461,000 t reversed declines over the past couple of years.

Throughput of bulk cargoes was up 3.5% in the quarter to a total of 10.4m t, with a mixed performance across Hamburg's three segments. Suction goods recorded the highest growth at 24.2% to 2.2m t on the back of strong grain imports and exports. Bulk liquids throughput was up 4.2% to 3.5m t, while grab cargoes fell 4.4% to 4.7m t.

"In the first quarter of 2014 we in the Port of Hamburg succeeded in maintaining the previous year's positive growth trend. Our outstanding growth rate of 8.6% enabled us to further extend our very sound competitive position in comparison to Northern Europe's other major seaports." said Axel Mattern, ceo of Port of Hamburg Marketing.