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Hamburg to boost barge use from 2pc to Antwerp's 25pc

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THE Port of Hamburg is plannings to move more of its annual 8.8 million TEU throughput by barge than the paltry two per cent it moves today - but there is a still a long way to go.

Hamburg's poor barge utilisation is in stark contrast with Rotterdam and Antwerp, where 25 per cent of container volume moves by barge, reports IHS Media.

In Hamburg, some 5.6 million TEU comes and goes by truck, with 3.2 million TEU by rail, but only 193,000 TEU by barge.

But barge fans face problems. Even Rotterdam and Antwerp struggle with barge congestion, now aggravated by mega ships that create huge exchanges of containers with each port call.

As a deepsea hub, the German port also handles mega ships that carry much of Asia-Europe's container volume, and these vessel calls actually doubled in the last year. 

In 2017, the 102 ships that called with a capacity of 18,000 TEU and 20,000 TEU was a 52 per cent increase over the previous year.

Nonetheless, Germany's biggest port wants to make greater use of the extensive network of regional inland waterways and to better serve its immediate hinterland and Baltic ports.

The Baltic is Hamburg's second-largest trading area behind Northeast Asia and a high-level seminar was organised in Tallinn to discuss improving inland navigation. 

"Inland shipping is often border-crossing transport and the weakest stretch of the transport route has considerable effects on the overall competitiveness of inland navigation.

"A clear strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is needed to lift inland waterway transport potential. Inland waterway transport must be integrated in multimodal logistic solutions," said Gunnar Platz, project manager of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Project, known as EMMA.

Port of Hamburg Marketing jointly developed the EMMA project with 20 partners from the five Baltic Sea Region countries.

Project EMMA has identified several measures that would help improve inland waterway transport potential in the region, including harmonised national rules and regulations. 

It has also established a European Inland Waterway Transport Knowledge Platform aimed at combining knowledge and experience to be shared within the sector. Several pilot projects looking at the feasibility of inland waterways are under way in Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, and Poland.