Shallow Elbe River limits Hamburg’s 2017 volume

Shallow Elbe River limits Hamburg’s 2017 volume

Container volume at Hamburg slipped by 1 percent in 2017 even as mega-ship calls more than doubled. Port of Hamburg Marketing officials believe draft restrictions in force on the Elbe River fairway and the narrow tidal window have caused shipowners to use available transport space on their mega-ships primarily to shift loaded boxes.