Port of Hamburg stops receiving export trains ‘until further notice’

Containers at Hamburg port. Source: Port of Hamburg

The port of Hamburg experiences disruptions with its rail freight services. The German port cannot receive any more export trains for the time being due to a combination of factors that include limited track capacity, already delayed services, and reconstruction works. “Per the current status, all weekend export trains are on hold near Hamburg, and we cannot dispatch any other export trains”, informed METRANS.

Disruptions to export rail services occur mainly at the Eurogate, CTA and CTB terminals. It is still unknown how long they will last. “Limited train operation will persist until further notice”, said the port of Hamburg. Specifically, it listed the following reasons as the problem’s source: “fully occupied entrance rail tracks, delays of trains departing from Hamburg, reconstruction works, and irregularities and limitations in the external infrastructure”.

METRANS warns of more implications

As if the already existing problems were not enough, the port of Hamburg might need to deal with more in the coming days. METRANS explained that the situation might persist for a long time since the German Pentecost holiday on 5 and 6 June will affect the “the planning and scheduling of shipments from/to Hamburg and Bremerhaven”.

On top of that, on 18 and 19 June, there is a planned closure on railway arrivals at the port’s Burchadkai and Eurogate/Eurokombi terminals. The existing disruptions combined with the scheduled limitations on rail freight to the port of Hamburg could lead to an extended period of stagnant trains.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “Port of Hamburg stops receiving export trains ‘until further notice’”

bönström bönström|24.05.22|19:55

“A perfect storm” has hit global supply chains.
Contemporarily, the large scale, on shore feeding device, since long, has been due for a substantial upgrading – in fact higher, than of shore already executed and further ongoing.
(Allowed 22,5 ton axial load is exceeding capacity of “state of the art” track construction…) A timely 32,5 ton capacity, will add capacity and will reduce frequency of maintenance (repairing…) of a railway, not safely calculable, nor designed for current traffic.

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