In 2017 the Port of Kiel handled more than 7 Mt for the first time
Throughout of 7.4 MT was 14.3% up on 1016 and is the best annual result ever achieved by the port. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co KG) said: “Kiel achieved a top result and improved performance in all sectors. Particularly outstanding were developments at the SCA Forest Products Terminal, which fulfilled all the high expectations and fully justified our investment.”
The same can also be said of all ferry traffic to Scandinavia (and into the Baltic region and to Russia - which together made up well over 80% of all port activity and showed an overall rise of 12.3 %. Growth on the Kiel-St Petersburg route was above average and posted a 20% increase, albeit from a lower base.
The biggest percentage growth in 2017 was achieved by the bulk goods sector where handling was 24% higher than the previous year.
On the inland side, hinterland rail traffic rose 9.5% to over 32,000 consignments (mostly trailers).