Namely, the port handled 136.5 million tons in 2017 seaborne cargo throughput, comprising general and bulk cargoes, remaining at a high level. A slight decreased was noted in handling of containerized general cargo at 8.8 million TEU, of 1%. At 44.7 million tons, the bulk cargo total was at the previous year’s level.
Speaking during Hamburg’s annual press conference, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, Mr. Horch, said that the Port must adapt with Industry 4.0, as digitalization will change supply chains. For this reason the Port of Hamburg must become a Port 4.0, and in order to do that it plans to improve its infrastructure, implement fairway adjustments and secure good general conditions. An example of this development is the new mobile standard 5G, which is being tested in the Port of Hamburg, which is expected to benefit the entire city of Hamburg.
Moreover, the anticipated adjustment to the Elbe fairway, is expected to improve confidence in 2018, bringing adjustment of the navigation channel.