Strikes, storms and construction: rail struggles to find its way to German ports

CTA Hamburg Terminal. Source:HHLA

Rail terminals in the ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven are reaching full capacity leading to unforeseen train delays of up to 48 hours and cancellations. The situation results from a combination of port strikes, storm-related infrastructure problems, and planned construction work. “Many of our rail assets are blocked,” says METRANS.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

1 comment op “Strikes, storms and construction: rail struggles to find its way to German ports”

bönström bönström|05.07.22|14:45

Pretty obvious, now capacity of DB Net is not sufficient, neither Net is robust.
High utilisation of assets shall be provided for!
Investments, reinvestments, any construction work shall include a decisive upgrading!
(It is 2022 now and clients have shifted to On Demand.)
Electrification yes, but a timely. 32,5 ton safely allowed axial load now is a min., etc.
Shift at main lines can be within 10 years – and paying!

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