The Ports of Bremen recorded in the first half of 2014, a differentiated development.
While the vehicle transshipment booms, the container traffic is slightly falling. The Bremen economy senator Martin Günthner informs of this in his half-year balance.
Records with vehicle transshipment
Since the vehicle import and export takes place almost exclusively via Bremerhaven, this site has particularly benefited. In the first six months, a total of 1,117,426 vehicles were handled – 8.4 percent more than the same period last year. In the first half of 2013 the total was 1,030,940 vehicles. May has proven as the absolute record month. 215,000 automobiles were handled – as much as never before in a month. By comparison, four years ago, in May 2010, it had reached only 130,000 vehicles. This is shown by the dynamic growth. Bremerhaven was able to participate especially in the flourishing export business German car manufacturers. The successful model policy of BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen made the transshipment record possible, as the Bremen senator for Economic Affairs stated in his balance sheet.
Slight decrease in container business
In contrast, the container business showed a decline of 2.8 percent compared to the first six months of 2013. The transshipment went back from 2,917,597 to 2,837,252 containers. This in the opinion Günthners is not a general trend, but a consequence of structural changes. Some line services, calling at the Ports of Bremen have transported fewer containers as expected.
For the second half of the year a stable development of the container volume is expected.
Bremerhaven main transshipment hub
When considering the weight being transported, 32.7 million tonnes (84.3 percent) mainly to Bremerhaven and 6.1 million tonnes (15.7 percent) to Bremen City. A total of 38.8 million tonnes were handled – 2.3 percent less than the same period last year.