Photo: Dietmar Hasenpusch
Deutsche Binnenreederei (DBR) has deployed the newly built self-propelled barge Hansa across the 179 km long route along the Elbe Canal.
The Scharnebeck-Max-class vessel is 100 m long and 11.45 m, offering space for up to 96 TEU in two layers (equivalent to the capacity of around 60 truck runs). Hansa runs on Gas-to-Liquids fuel, which is said to have particularly low-soot characteristics. Overall, Hansa's CO2 performance across the less than 24 hours transit time Hamburg-Braunschweig link is believed to be two-thirds better than that of comparable truck services.
During her maiden voyage, DBR's barge called in Hamburg at HHLA's all three terminals (Altenwerder, Tollerort, and Burchardkai), discharging 93 and taking in 96 containers, respectively. Other facilities in the Port of Hamburg can be served by Hansa if required.
Hansa is the sixth unit serving DBR's Hamburg-Braunschweig service, the five other being however push-tows which need to be separated at the Scharnebeck Ship Lifts and handled in two parts.
"Regular shipments by inland waterways crafts boost the capacity of the Port of Hamburg, since they relieve roads and bridges of truck services. In addition, our customers can arrange their transport chain to be more eco-friendly, for the ship now deployed is notable for her brilliant environmental footprint," Thomas Lütje, HHLA's Director of Sales & Marketing, commented.