February 10 - Whilst the total throughput of cargo at the port of Hamburg was up 4.8 percent at 145.7 million tonnes in 2014 - its best-ever result - project and heavy cargoes fell by 5 percent to 610,000 tonnes, made up of 134,000 tonnes of imports and 4

"Along with its excellent liner services and links with markets in Germany and abroad, the outstanding level of performance by the port and its many providers of cargo handling, logistics and transport services continue to prove convincing for its many customers," emphasised Axel Mattern of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM)'s executive board in presenting the port's results.

In Mattern's view, in addition to the dredging and widening of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe, the upgrading and expansion of access and dispersal corridors for the transport of growing cargo volumes by rail, truck and inland waterway craft are vital to keep the universal port on a continued growth course.

The port underlines that the throughput record had been achieved despite the enormous number of roadworks in progress in the Hamburg area. "That suggests excellent site coordination and tremendous flexibility in the port and transport industry, which made tremendous efforts to maintain reliability in providing their services in the face of tough restraints on cargo transport and handling," says Mattern.