Hamburg - Last week, the Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg chalked up an absolute record. At a single ship’s call, over 11,500 standard containers (TEUs) were loaded and unloaded. Responsible for this record volume was the container vessel CSCL Le Havre, which docked at the Eurogate terminal on 13 May 2014 (06:45 h). Clocking up 140 movements per hour, the container gantries transported 11,624 standard containers onto and off the quay in continuous operation. After 52 hours, handling was completed and the ship, which had arrived from Rotterdam, was able to continue its journey to Zeebrugge.
Emanuel Schiffer, President of the Eurogate Group Management: “We are proud that the handling of the CSCL Le Havre went off so smoothly. The example of the CSCL Le Havre shows that ever higher volumes of containers are being handled at a single ship’s call. This presents us as terminal operators with certain challenges. It means we have to have the corresponding stowage capacity available to take such a large number of containers. Fortunately we got ready for this development some years ago. However, this trend also shows how important it is to have good hinterland connections. They must not become a chokepoint when it comes to transporting the containers to and from the port.”