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Record handling results for Port of Kiel

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For the year of 2017, the Port of Kiel has reported passing its record 7 million short t mark in handling for the first time. Overall, 7 407 376 short t were loaded or unloaded. This represents an increase of 14.3 % over the previous year and is the best annual result ever achieved by the port.

Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel, 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.”

According to the Port, intermodal rail/ship traffic continued to increase in the year just ended, recording a rise of 9.5%. A total of 32 104 trailers and containers were loaded onto rail wagons at the rail terminals on Schwedenkai and in the Ostuferhafen – passing the 30 000 mark for the first time. The biggest growth was recorded on the trains operated by Kombiverkehr KG between Kiel and Verona followed by those on the Kiel-Trieste route operated by TX Logistik.

“Once again we succeeded in switching a significant part of ferry traffic handling growth from the roads to environmentally friendly rail. In doing so we are making a contribution to sustainability in hinterland port transport”, said Dirk Claus.

In order to further improve the efficiency of intermodal transport, two expansion measures are planned at the port. The first is the upgrading of the Kiel-Meimersdorf Marshalling to a point where it can accept goods trains of 740 m in length as part of the government’s priority Seaport Hinterland Traffic II programme. The second is the installation of a third rail track at the Schwedenkai Terminal. According to the Port of Kiel, contruction work on both projects is due to begin during 2018, so that they they can be completed in the coming year.

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