New partnership around inland shipping between two German ports

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23 July 2020

Two port operators in Germany will cooperate to promote the use of inland waterway shipping between the ports of Hamburg and Braunschweig.

The two port operators, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and Hafenbetriebsgesellschaft Braunschweig mbH, have established a new partnership to promote inland waterway shipping. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions in hinterland container transport between the ports of Hamburg and Braunschweig, covering a distance of around 180 km. This distance is too short to transport containers by train and inland waterway shipping therefore constitutes the most environmentally friendly alternative with a total transit time via the river Elbe, the Elbe Lateral Canal and the Mittelland Canal of approximately 24 hours.

Jens Hansen, responsible for operations at HHLA, explained that 70,000 standard containers were transported between Hamburg and Braunschweig via the waterway in 2019, which represents a saving of approximately 40,000 truck journeys. This has resulted in less traffic on the roads and a reduction of CO2 emissions. Jens Hohls, managing director of Braunschweig’s port operating company, added that seven inland waterway departures per week are currently possible between the two cities.

This is the first time that HHLA is collaborating with an inland port but the port operator is already planning on forming new partnerships with other inland ports in the hinterland of the Port of Hamburg in the future.

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