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HHLA increases on-dock rail capacity at Burchardkai

Two more rail tracks and two new RMGs have been added to the rail terminal at Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB)

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HHLA increases on-dock rail capacity at Burchardkai

The on-dock rail terminal now has 10 tracks, each capable of handling the longest trains permitted on the German rail network, 740m. The second of the new cranes went into operation on 18 January, doubling the IY’s RMG fleet to four.


“We have expanded our rail terminal once more to provide our customers with more than just extra capacity, said CTB’s Managing Director Andreas Hollmann. "The four rail gantry cranes, which work independently of one another, enable more flexible processing and faster reaction times for rail throughput.”


Two rail gantry cranes, supplied by Kocks Ardelt Kranbau, will serve five tracks each.


Work safety has also been improved.


The German Federal Railway Authority contributed towards the costs of the €13M expansion project, through a programme designed to promote combined traffic.

The new RMGs from Kocks Ardelt Kranbau span five full train length (740m) tracks between the legs
The new RMGs from Kocks Ardelt Kranbau span five full train length (740m) tracks between the legs

The expansion increases the rail terminal’s capacity by around 200,000 TEU to 850,000 TEU per year. Since 2010, annual rail throughput at CTB has grown by almost 50%. Simultaneously, the share of rail transport in the total container volume at the Port of Hamburg increased markedly between 2010 and 2017 from 36.5% to 42.8%. makes Hamburg the largest rail port in Europe by far.


HHLA Executive Board Member Jens Hansen stated: “The numerous high-frequency rail connections give the Port of Hamburg a clear advantage against other European ports. We believe rail connections will increase considerably from 2020 through the improved transport connections of CTB. And we are already perfectly prepared for this.”


Once the new Waltershofer road and railway bridges are operational, CTB will not have just one track but two sidings to the Hamburg port railway, and an additional feeder to the CTB rail terminal due to new shunting switches. The project for the additional tracks, which is being managed by the Hamburg Port Authority, is due to be completed in 2020.

HHLA intends to invest in the expansion of its terminal facilities and in the extension of intermodal transport and handling capacities in the future. By 2022, the company intends to invest a total of €800M in the Port Logistics subgroup, of which €450M has been earmarked for the container segment and €350M has been earmarked for the intermodal segment.

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