PORT SENATOR SUMS UP PERFORMANCE FOR 2018
Total throughput remained stable, boom in cruise shipping, increase for terminal railway
2018 saw a slight increase in total throughput at the ports of Bremen. Last year, the ports in the Federal Land of Bremen handled a total volume of sea freight amounting to 74.4 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 0.3 per cent. The growth was attributable first and foremost to general cargo throughput, which increased by 1.7 per cent, compared with a decrease of 9.8 per cent for bulk cargo.
This downturn had a particularly marked effect on performance by the ports in Bremen-City. While 13.3 million tons of freight were shipped via Bremen in 2017, this figure decreased to 12.3 million tons in 2018. Throughput in Bremerhaven, on the other hand, rose by 1.9 per cent from 60.9 million tons to 62.1 million tons.
The stable situation at the ports of Bremen was particularly evident in the container segment last year. Between January and December, 5.45 million TEU were transhipped at the quay on the River Weser, compared with 5.51 million TEU the previous year.
In 2018, automobile throughput remained at the impressively high level of 2.2 million vehicles, but did not quite match the previous year’s record of approx. 2.3 million.
The trend for passenger figures at the cruise terminal was particularly satisfying: compared with 165,000 passengers who began their journey or disembarked at Columbus Cruise Center in 2017, last year’s figure was up to 238,000 passengers.
The trend for the terminal railway was also positive on the whole. Last year, the railway was used by 38,690 inbound and outbound trains, so that total train volume was up by five per cent year-on-year. 30,390 trains were handled in Bremerhaven, 8300 at the sidings in Bremen.
Martin Günthner, Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, views these stable figures for 2018 as fundamentally satisfactory: “The international crises and general uncertainty have also left their mark on global economic development. We are therefore pleased that the stable development at our location last year once again allowed at the ports of Bremen to live up to their role as driver of Bremen’s economy.”
Günthner pointed out that the Senate had made a number of important investment decisions and thus set the course for the ongoing modernisation of the ports: “In the course of this legislative period, we have invested more than 100 million euros in port infrastructure in Bremen and Bremerhaven. Moreover, the Senate recently earmarked funding for planning new-build projects on the Columbus peninsula and at the entrance to Fischereihafen with a total investment volume of more than 140 million euros.” He added that the latest project for the construction of a new quay at Kaiserhafen III would also create new potential for the shipyard industry in Bremerhaven. “The Senate acknowledges its responsibility for the continuous development of Bremen’s ports,” concluded Senator Günthner.