Port Of Hamburg Welcomes Large Container Ships


The Port of Hamburg, which handled a total of 114.3 million tonnes of goods last year, provides interesting insights regarding its traffic during 2023, especially about container ships.

Container Traffic Per Vessel Size

According to the Port of Hamburg, more container ships in the “Megamax” class of 18,000 TEU and above called at the Port of Hamburg, continuing the trend towards more large container ships. At 272 vessels, the figure rose by 14.8 percent in 2023.

The number of calls by large container ships also rose overall. In 2023, 511 calls by ultra-large container ships of 10,000 TEU or more were recorded – an increase of 5.1 percent compared to the previous year.

Moreover, the number of very large container ships (8,000 to 9,999 TEU) and “Panamax” container ships (4,000 to 5,999 TEU) at the Hamburg terminals increased considerably (23.1 percent or 36.7 percent respectively).

Container Volumes Per Country

Furthermore, USA traffic continued its positive development of the previous years. In total, 653,000 TEU were handled in 2023 with what has become the Port of Hamburg’s second strongest trading partner.

India thus became the Port of Hamburg’s eighth most important trading partner. China continues to lead the list with 2.2 million TEUs handled in 2023.

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Source: Safety4Sea


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