• 2018 March 16 14:39

    Port of Hamburg proves effectiveness in handling mega-carriers

    The ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’, the largest containership ever to call at the port on the Elbe, berthed in Hamburg early on Thursday morning, 15 March. According to the port, the maiden call by this ocean-going giant is a further milestone in the Port of Hamburg’s success story as one of the world’s most important and state-of-the-art container handling hubs.
     
    The triumphant advance of the container, which has revolutionized the worldwide transport industry, commenced in the Port of Hamburg on 31 May 1968. With the ‘AMERICAN LANCER’, a containership berthed at Burchardkai for the first time that day. It was the first step in a new era that was to shape change in the Port of Hamburg for ever.

    Scepticism predominated in Hamburg at the time. Would the new transport system with its normed boxes gain acceptance? Would the investments in expanding the Port of Hamburg into a container handling port pay off? Today we realize that if visionary politicians and port managers had not shown the courage at the end of the 1960s to make Hamburg fit for the container, then the port would by no means certainly have become a significant cargo-handling hub in world trade.

    Container handling with an annual volume of almost nine million boxes is now the foremost cargo segment. The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port and the leading transhipment centre for Germany as an exporting country. The port is also Northern Germany’s leading employer, securing more than 155,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

    Over the past 50 years, the Port of Hamburg has successfully adapted to new market conditions in order to retain and expand its competitive position. A comparison between the ‘AMERICAN LANCER’ and the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ illustrates the pace of change. With a length of 213 metres, the ‘AMERICAN LANCER’ could transport just 1,200 TEU (20-ft standard containers); 400 metres long, the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ has a capacity seventeen times higher at 20,776 TEU. End-to-end, those containers would cover a distance of over 125 kilometres. During her first call at HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), the mega-ship will be discharging approx. 7,000 TEU and loading 4,000. Cutting-edge technology and a highly efficient hinterland network guarantee safe, reliable and punctual clearance.

    Whereas at the end of the 1960s, the first container gantry cranes at Burchardkai handled twelve to 18 containers per hour, modern cranes can now handle twice as many. With one heave, they can lift two 40-ft or four 20-ft containers, with a total weight of 110 tons, the equivalent of seventy medium-sized cars. No less than 30 such cranes operate at HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai, half of them mega-ship gantries. Burchardkai has two high-performance berths for handling the new 20,000-TEU containerships. The Hamburg terminal operator’s largest container gantry cranes are deployed there. Their booms extend over a mega-ship’s entire width – of 24 boxes in a row. CTB has 13 of these cranes in operation. Up to nine of them will be used simultaneously in handling the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’. In seven eight-hour shifts, HHLA’s terminal staff – crane drivers, stowage planners, van carrier drivers, foremen, supervisors and many others – will work on the ship almost continuously. HHLA has planned around 470 staff shifts to enable the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ to keep to her schedule and leave Hamburg again punctually.

    CMA CGM is one of the major global players among container shipping companies, and has been one of the Port of Hamburg’s top customers for years. This French shipping line serves the Port of Hamburg with ten liner services using its own ships, participating in a further eleven through slot booking agreements. Last year the Port of Hamburg reported over 930 calls by CMA CGM vessels. The first one to visit the Hanseatic City was the ‘KATJANA’ in 1983, a multi-purpose ship with its own handling gear and a capacity of 802 TEU. With a length of 147 metres, on that occasion the ship handled almost 50 containers in Hamburg. For comparison, the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’, sailing on the FAL1 service between Asia and Europe, will be loading/discharging around 11,000 TEU at Burchardkai. Yet CMA CGM’s vessels have progressed, not solely in terms of size, but also in sustainability. The ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’, for instance, embodies cutting-edge technologies for protecting the environment, for limiting fuel and oil consumption and significantly reducing CO2 emissions. Peter Wolf, CEO of CMA CGM Germany, regards the first call of the ‘CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY’ as being of immense importance: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new flagship here in Hamburg for the first time. She will play a key part in regular services between Asia and Northern Europe. That our largest vessels for decades are calling the Port of Hamburg demonstrates, not only our belief in the port, but also our efforts to achieve continuous growth on the German market. In recent years, CMA CGM has become one of world merchant shipping’s top groups. We aim to consolidate that position.”

    “Growth in containership size has rapidly picked up speed in recent years,” says Andreas Brummermann, Deputy Port Captain. “However, the Port of Hamburg is very well prepared for these VLCVs.” Around 9,000 seagoing ships a year reach the Port of Hamburg, about half of these being containerships. Since the first calls in 2015, the number of vessels with a slot capacity of over 18,000 TEU has tripled. In 2017 alone, there were 102 calls by VLCVs in the 18,000-20,000+ TEU segment, or an increase of over 52 percent. This trend involves challenges, not just for Hamburg, but for ports worldwide.

    “By investing in state-of-the-art gantry cranes and storage technology, we prepared ourselves at an early stage for this growth in ship size,” says Jens Hansen, HHLA Executive Board member and Chief Operating Officer. “But we are not only making progress on the quayside. At the same time, we have implemented measures to deal with peak loads of incoming/departing containers caused by the arrival of VLCVs reliably and securely. In November 2017, for instance, a slot booking procedure for trucks was introduced that has already successfully overcome numerous ‘peak situations’ and is increasingly gaining acceptance from all those involved. In addition, the successful expansion of the Altenwerder rail terminal and the one planned for this year at the Burchardkai rail terminal will consolidate our integration with European hinterland rail services,” added Hansen.

    Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, drew attention to the guarantee of nautical accessibility, or secure access via the Elbe: “That CMA CGM Group should send its flagship to Hamburg is further proof of our ability to handle these mega-ships and an endorsement from the shipowner of this port. It underlines its trust in the Port of Hamburg’s ability deliver the goods. All this is vital, since as an exporting nation we depend on the Port of Hamburg’s ability to perform,” declared Egloff.

    How does the container’s future look in Hamburg? In the Port of Hamburg the process of containerization is all but completed – 98 percent of general cargoes handled in Hamburg are meanwhile transported in containers. It can also be assumed that growth in vessel size in container shipping has reached its limits or will only continue in small steps. Yet that does not bring to an end Hamburg’s development as a container port: Optimized processes on the quays offer tremendous potential for growth and improvement in future. Digitalization involves Hamburg development into a Port 4.0. Technical innovations, automated working processes and digital networking will ensure momentum in structuring transport and logistics chains – a growth process in which such top customers going for digitalization as CMA CGM will play a vital part. All this will lead to changes in the Port of Hamburg to an extent comparable with containerization itself. Hamburg is prepared for this development and as one of the pioneers, is already actively contributing to shaping it.




2018 April 19

19:00 Okskaya Sudoverf launches lead shallow-draft tank barge of Project ROB20, Belmax 1 (photo)
18:05 Vroon's MPI Napoleon commences Baltic-Sea charter
17:05 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract and a new time charter contract with Cargill
16:39 Admiralteiskie Verfi and Roshydromet sign contract for designing and construction of North Pole ice-resistant platform (photo, graphics)
16:05 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada to Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent
15:15 MEYER WERFT announces delivery of cruise ship Norwegian Bliss
14:33 Maersk delivers new block train solution on Standard Gauge Railway
14:11 Global bunker market: the state of volatility remains, expert says
14:03 Samskip starts new service from Poland, Lithuania and Norway
13:20 Bibby Offshore becomes the first to deploy a pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea
13:17 Damen Dredging Equipment launches new DOP Dredger Series
13:11 Draft rules for collection of port investment due is available for public discussion (document)
12:52 Wärtsilä to provide optimised maintenance for a complete fuel gas handling system for Viking
12:08 6th Forum of Intermodal Transport FRACHT 2018 held in Gdańsk on 11-12 April
11:13 Port of Rotterdam: growth in container throughput continues in first quarter
10:49 Port of Riga introduces new cargo handling technologies
10:15 Experts forecast Russia's LNG exports to make 33 to 62 million tonnes by 2030
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.6% to $73.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.55% to $68.85
09:34 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,124 points
09:24 APM Terminals launches integrated cold chain solutions in India
09:17 Bunker prices show no significant changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)

2018 April 18

18:26 Engine room fire on board Finlandia Seaways quickly under control
18:05 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles offer seed money to foster the development of new goods-movement technologies that improve air quality
17:47 Port of Rotterdam Authority launches new Pronto application
17:25 CMA CGM implements FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
16:55 Royal IHC announces successful launching of BONNY RIVER in China
16:16 RZD Logistics and Fenix will develop transit cargo transportation via port Bronka (photo)
16:05 Jumbo names new offshore vessel Stella Synergy
15:28 Samskip brings Rotterdam into Nor Lines' flexible LNG-powered service network
15:05 CMA CGM implements GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:02 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard tested mooring facilities of Akademik Lomonosov FPU (photo)
14:59 Port of Long Beach container cargo volumes swell 14 percent in March 2018
13:37 Kazmortransflot LLP takes delivery of final Damen Shoalbuster 2709 for Caspian Sea operations
13:08 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga purchased Liebherr crane as part of Yug-2 terminal modernization (photo)
12:35 Crowley completes acquisition of three SeaRiver tankers
11:47 Major ASW ships Severomorsk and Vice Admiral Kulakov practise search for submarine in Barents Sea
11:19 USC: Import substitution and localization in shipbuilding is hindered by undeveloped service offer
10:50 Russia and Japan ink MoC on mutual recognition of seafarers’ diplomas (photo)
10:25 Brent Crude futures price up 0.54% to $71.97, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $66.86
10:09 FLEX LNG LTD signs one year time-charter with Enel
09:48 CMA CGM welcomes IMO's decision to reduce by 50% the industry’s CO2 emissions in 2050
09:33 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,052 points

2018 April 17

18:06 Management of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company met with seafarers of the Company’s Offshore Fleet
17:57 RF Navy's major landing ship Minsk visits Lisbon port
17:35 For the first time, more than 30 ports certified with EcoPorts PERS environmental standard
17:05 MAN Diesel & Turbo wins major container vessel order
16:35 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane for Italian multi-purpose terminal
16:30 Port of Antwerp freight volume up 7.1% to 58,328,678 tonnes in Q1 2018
16:20 Reconstruction and modernization of Yug-2 terminal at the port of Ust-Luga to increase its annual capacity to 20 million tonnes by 2020
16:05 The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship begins to take form
15:24 Rolls-Royce to supply innovative autocrossing system and propellers to 13 new ferries
15:05 DNV GL launches alternative fuels white paper
14:13 Inland container shipping sector consultations facilitated by Port of Rotterdam Authority yield tangible results
13:20 The Panama Canal “adrift” due to safety concerns
12:58 Authorities and researchers to seek solutions to Arctic navigation
12:15 PowerCell’s fuel cell technology will make vessels emission-free
12:02 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:44 Wan Hai Lines to launch Indonesia to Singapore / Malaysia service
11:31 HII awarded contract for DDG 51-Class follow yard services