Record Result For The Schleswig-Holstein Ports

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The Schleswig-Holstein ports have maintained their strength. The General Association of Schleswig-Holstein Ports (GVSH) achieved a turnover of 53.6 million tonnes last year. This is a record.
51 million tons was for the account of the “Big Four” of the GVSH (Lübeck, Brunsbüttel, Kiel and Puttgarden). These four ports account for 95% of the total volume. But even the smaller ports on the west coast and on the Kiel Canal have held up well, especially in terms of passenger numbers.

Lübeck, which is the strongest port in the region, recorded a most significant 5.5% growth in tons, mainly because of a rise in cargo carried by ro-ro ferries from Finnlines, SOL Continent Line, Stena Line, Transfennica and TT Line.

Kiel saw a 14% increase in tonnage. This was due in particular to Stena Line’s Kiel – Gothenburg route, as well as the handling of paper products from Eastern Sweden at the new forest product terminal.
Ferry traffic to Norway and the Baltic remained stable at a high level.

Increasing volumes of lorries on the Puttgarden – Rödby link gave the port of Puttgarden a positive development in cargo handling to 5.5 million tonnes (+ 5%).

The outlook for the current year is thoroughly optimistic. Nevertheless, Sebastian Jürgens, CEO of the GVSH warned the local Government: “Sustainable growth is not a self-reliance. It requires a high-performing infrastructure to support the development of Schleswig-Holstein’s ports. “

Way is clear for an expansion of Travemünde’s Skandinavienkai

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Confidence has returned to LHG (Port of Lübeck) after the unions accepted the rescue package last week. A planned extension of the handling area at the Skandinavienkai can now become reality. The quay area could get 16 more hectares.
Parts of the paper business would be relocated from the Nordland terminal (Lübeck) to the Skandinavienkai (Travemünde), closer to the sea. The LHG confirmed that construction should start in the first half of 2018, and the expansion could be completed by the end of 2019.

Source: LN

Finally! Port of Lübeck (LHG) employees say yes to restructuration plan

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At a general meeting of the ‘ver.di’ union, the employees of the Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft (LHG) finally approved the restructuring plan (November 21) with a 60% majority.
After years of disputes and discussions the dockworkers have said yes to flexible work and cost reductions.
The necessary cost reductions will strengthen the competitiveness of LHG, while the long-term tariff period (until 2022) gives the company a better competitive position. It was feared that customers would move to the nearby port of Rostock.

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Rostock unhappy with Lübeck’s port lease waiver

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LN Online reports that the port of Rostock has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding the decision of the city of Lübeck to waive the lease of LHG, Lübeck’s port authority company. Rostock sees it as a distortion of competition.
SPD mayor Bernd Saxe says that accountancy and law firms did the necessary research, and came to the conclusion there was no illegal aid.
LN Online sees another reason behind the complaint: LHG wants to invest in the move of a Swedish paper customer from the Nordlandkai (Lübeck) to the Skandinavienkai (Travemünde). Port of Lübeck needs the renouncement of the lease as part of a rescue plan. Without rescue the port cannot invest in the terminal, and that might cause the customer to shift from Lübeck to Rostock.
Two years ago Lübeck already lost UPM to Rostock.