BREMERHAVEN's container terminals handled one million TEU by rail in the year up to December 11.
Rail intermodal volumes at the German seaport have steadily been increasing recent years. Since 2010 the number of standard containers handled by rail has risen by 18.5 per cent, equivalent to 160,000 TEU, London's World Cargo News.
This year an average of 312 container trains per week arrived at or departed from Bremerhaven, an increase of 2.4 per cent compared to last year.
The growing number of port calls by big ships with bigger cargo exchanges demands efficient hinterland transport connections.
"Efficient rail handling operations and good rail links help us to strengthen the competitiveness of our Bremerhaven location," said Eurogate Container Terminal managing director Wolfgang Schiemann.
"The market position of a port location nowadays is determined not only by its nautical accessibility, but to an increasing degree also by shore-based access possibilities. Our customers appreciate and need these good hinterland connections from our seaport."
All three Bremerhaven container terminals are directly linked to the European rail network, with tracks leading directly to the container storage yards.
At Eurogate and MSC Gate Bremerhaven there are 19 tracks with a track length of 14 kilometres, while Rail Terminal Bremerhaven is adjacent to North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven.
Source : HKSG.