On 15 May 2018, the readers of Asia
Cargo News trade magazine acclaimed the Port of Hamburg as the ‘Best Global
Seaport’. After two awards as ‘Best Seaport – Europe’ in 2015 and 2016 this is
the third award to the Port of Hamburg, says a release from the Port of Hamburg.
The ceremony was held at a commemorative event
at the Wanda Reign Hotel, On the Bund, in Shanghai, in the presence of 230
international guests mainly from the transport and logistics field.
The Port of Hamburg was represented
by Dr Ding Ling from the Representative Office in Shanghai, who accepted the
award on the port’s behalf. On the short-list, the Port of Hamburg held sway
against the ports of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.
The magazine’s readers submitted their
nominations to Asia Cargo News. Important for them were reliability, customer
management, innovation and consistent service quality. Among the criteria
assessed were investments in the area of infrastructure, including meeting
future market challenges. Added to this were a competitive, cost-friendly
system of fees and a suitable infrastructure for handling container traffic.
Further criteria targeted the overall port package, such as promoting adjacent
services in the areas of logistics capacities, forwarding and transport. With
more than 10,000 readers, Asia Cargo News is among the most important
publications for the logistics, sea- & airfreight field in Asia.
“We are very pleased with what is now our
third award from Asia Cargo News. And that even more so, since this time it is
the award as best seaport in the world. This not only puts us ahead of the
other competing ports in Europe, but also of the Asian ports, too. This shows
that in international competition the Port of Hamburg scores with its great
diversity of services and high handling quality. The universal port is held in
high esteem. Nor should we forget the Port of Hamburg’s excellent hinterland
infrastructure. This goes far beyond the European hinterland, even reaching
In 2018, there are some 235 train services
weekly in the market between Chinese destinations and Hamburg. This represents
an increase of easily 25 percent in comparison to the previous year. This makes
the Hanseatic City the clear ‘Number 1’ in Germany as the main port for China
and the major rail hub for the Middle Kingdom,” stresses Axel Mattern, Joint
CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM).
For years, China has been an important trading
partner for the port, standing at ‘Number 1’ for seaborne container traffic.
2.62 million TEU were transhipped in the China sea-trades in 2017. In fact, the
Middle Kingdom also plays an important role for the entire German foreign