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Hamburg Port to use feederships to ferry boxes between terminals

The Port of Hamburg will use feederships, not trucks, to shuttle boxes between terminals from next month. The German port is working with Unifeeder to carry out the process, along with two local software firms to create a digital process that also covers customs handling.

The new initiative will see emissions cut in the port as well as addressing the issue of limited trucking capacity in the region.

Florian Pein, area director, West and Central Europe at Unifeeder, commented: ”We have been feeling the effects of the declining number of young truck drivers for years. This is increasingly leading to a serious lack of transhipment resources and leads to long waiting times in the Port of Hamburg.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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