In 2015 alone, around 295,000 TEU of 20-ft standard containers were transported between the Port of Hamburg and intermodal terminals in Austria by environmentally-friendly rail. That represents a 9.3 percent gain, setting a new record for Hamburg’s seaport-hinterland services with Austria.
Mr. Alexander Till, Head of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office in Vienna, went on to talk about how, “Austria is a model destination in efficient and environmentally friendly hinterland transport via the Port of Hamburg. About 40 container block trains per week operate between Hamburg and Vienna. Altogether more than 80 container trains connect intermodal terminals in Austria every week with Germany’s largest port.”
The Port of Hamburg’s Representative Office in Vienna plus close cooperation with the partner Port of Vienna foster cooperation with transport companies and shippers in Austria. In the Austrian market, noteworthy for tough competition, this is of great importance for the Port of Hamburg, the top container port for the Austrian economy. The container ports of Bremerhaven and Rotterdam, both in Northern Europe, follow in second and third places. Completion of the Semmering Base Tunnel, planned for 2026, will also improve the trans-alpine link between these ports and the Austrian capital. Planning for stronger cooperation between Austrian Railways (ÖBB) and Slovenian Railways (SŽ) has also been announced recently. This aims to shorten transit times between ports and terminals and to improve utilization of the rail network.
Mr. Till is convinced that on container services, Hamburg will remain the most important port for the Austrian economy: “For over 30 years now, the Port of Hamburg has been the port with the highest throughput of containerized freight for the Austrian economy. Hamburg possesses a high number of direct worldwide shipping services, while Austria is extremely well linked with Hamburg by rail. The Vienna – Hamburg route is approx. 150 kms shorter than to the Western ports of Rotterdam or Antwerp. That makes the rates for pre- and post-carriage runs with the Port of Hamburg very attractive for our port’s customers in Austria.”