Strong partners in southern Germany
Bremen’s ports pay a visit to Munich
Roughly one fifth of the container traffic that leaves Germany via Bremen comes from Bavaria, which means that the country’s southernmost state is the most important market for the ports of Bremen. What’s more, it boasts an ideal modal split, as 9 out of 10 containers arrive at the ports of Bremen on rail.
These figures were presented by bremenports Managing Director Robert Howe at the Logistics Talk, an event which the port management company hosted in Munich for its Bavarian customers.
During a panel discussion, Howe pointed out that Bremen accounted for a market share of 36 per cent of the container hinterland traffic between Bavaria and the North Range ports. Howe stated, “Every week there are ten direct services to Bremen and Bremerhaven from the Bavarian rail terminals in Regensburg, Augsburg, Munich and Nuremberg. This clearly shows the enormous importance of the seaports in Bremen and Bremerhaven for the Bavarian economy.”
The figures for automobile transport underline these close connections: more than a quarter of the vehicles shipped via Bremen come from the Bavarian automobile plants in Munich and Ingolstadt. Demand from Bavaria also plays a significant role in the automobile import sector. Again, around 90 per cent of the total automobile transports are handled by rail.
“For Bremen’s government, port development remains a top priority,” comments Tim Cordssen, State Councillor for Science and Ports, who attended the event in Munich on behalf of the Senate. Cordssen informed the audience about several major investment projects that were currently at the preparatory stage. The entrance to the fishing port will be relocated following construction of the new mole at the north of the harbour, enabling its economic potential to be exploited more efficiently. Investments in Columbuskaje in Bremerhaven will also create better conditions for the cruise shipping business and on completion of the western quay at Kaiserhafen 3 next spring, there will be a significant improvement in the situation for the shipyards in Bremerhaven, added Cordssen.
The Logistics Talk in Munich was the tenth event organised by the ports of Bremen for its customers this year. This series of events attracted around 1000 visitors this year alone.