The company has added two rail tracks as well as installed two brand-new rail-mounted gantry cranes to the rail terminal at its Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB).
As a result, CTB has now 10 rail tracks and each of them can accommodate train sets up to 740 m-long, served, in turn, by four rail gantries. The two new cranes, delivered by Kocks Ardelt Kranbau, serve five tracks apiece. According to HHLA, all of the cranes are operated using eco-friendly electricity.
"We have expanded our rail terminal once more to provide our customers with more than just extra capacity. The four rail gantry cranes, which work independently of one another, enable more flexible processing and faster reaction times for rail throughput," Andreas Hollmann, Managing Director, CTB, commented.
In total, CTB's rail terminal can now handle up to 850k TEUs/year, approximately 200k more than before the expansion. The data provided by HHLA say that 42.8% of the containers that went through the Port of Hamburg in 2017 were rail-handled. Jens Hansen, Executive Board Member, HHLA, said in this regard, "The numerous high-frequency rail connections give the Port of Hamburg a clear advantage against other European ports. We believe rail connections will increase considerably from 2020 through the improved transport connections of CTB. And we are already perfectly prepared for this."By 2022, HHLA intends to invest a total of €800m in the port logistics subgroup, of which €450m has been earmarked for the container and €350m for the intermodal segment.