The Port of Hamburg, often considered one of the world´s most efficient ports, has now been criticized for being less productive than other European ports and too expensive, with pilotage costs rising three times above those in the port of Bremerhaven. Port costs are estimated to account for about 28% of a carrier’s total costs.
Speaking at a meeting of Bremen’s freight forwarders’ association in Germany, Morten Engelstoft, the chief operating officer of Maersk, the world´slargest container shipping line, said that the ports of Hamburg, Antwerp and Le Havre have lower productivity figures than the ports of Bremerhaven and Rotterdam.
APM Terminals (an independent division within the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group) together with Eurogate operates a dedicated terminal facility in Bremerhaven.
The Port of Hamburg is struggling to become competitive again after being hit particularly hard by the recent world economic crisis.