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Bremerhaven remains in crisis mode with containers

The slump continues at the container terminals in Bremerhaven. After nine months, a further 12% was lost compared to the weak previous year.

Up to and including September, 3.05 million TEU were moved across the quays at Stromkaje. Compared to the same period in the previous year, which was already burdened by heavy losses, this represents a further 12.1% drop. [ds_preview]

Extrapolated, Bremerhaven would only reach a good 4 million TEU by the end of the year. Just a reminder: in 2017 it was still 5.5 million TEU, eleven years ago it was 6.1 million TEU. Although there were also losses in the other ports of the North Range, such as Hamburg, nowhere are the effects of the crisis and changes to the liner shipping companies’ networks more noticeable than in Bremerhaven.

Total throughput is also falling in Bremerhaven and Bremen

Things are hardly looking any better in other goods segments either. 36.2 million tons of general cargo and 7 million tons of bulk cargo by September make a total of 43.2 million tons. Compared to 2022, this is a drop of 11.3%. Non-containerized general cargo was hit the hardest with a drop of -14.9% to 5.15 million tonnes.

In vehicle handling, the ports of Bremen have so far handled 1.1 million units. The decline here is less dramatic, but painful at -6.7%.

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Caption: Die bremischen Häfen mussten im Corona-Jahr 2020 deutliche Einbußen hinnehmen (© Scheer)