A steep rise in coal imports helped boost bulk cargo throughput at Port of Hamburg in 2015. Coal imports finished the year 27.3% higher at 7.7 million t with the steelworks of northern and eastern Germany, industrial plants and power plants providing the demand.
Overall, grab cargoes – such as coal – dominated bulk shipments through Hamburg, comprising 22.3 million t of the total, an increase of 9.2%. Suction cargoes – such as grain – grew by 12.4% to finish at 9.2 million t, although grain exports grew by almost 28.8% to 4.2 million t.
A fall in container handling however saw the port’s total throughput fall 5.4% to 137.8 million t. Container handling fell 9.3% to 8.8 million TEU, offsetting a rise in bulk cargo handling of 5.8% to 45.5 million t.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.