TRIESTE – Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded a strong performance in the first nine months of the year. Traffics and employees growth for HHLA PLT Italy.
Overall, the HHLA Group’s revenue rose by 12.4% to 1,078.9 million euros in the reporting period (previous year: 959.9 million euros).
A temporary spike in storage fees due to longer container dwell times at HHLA’s terminals in Hamburg had a particularly positive effect. This was caused by the ongoing disruptions to global supply chains. In addition, HHLA benefited from strong growth in container transport volumes. Against this backdrop, the Group operating result (EBIT) rose by 51.3% year-on-year to 162.1 million euros.
Slight 1.6% rise in container throughput to 5,165 thousand TEU, always considering the first nine months o 2021.
«The ongoing, at times massive, ship delays are posing major challenges to our operations. Nevertheless, we are aware of our responsibility as a service provider for Germany as an industrialised nation. We are therefore working 24/7 at our facilities, with both equipment and personnel operating at high capacity, to ensure that companies and consumers receive their goods despite all the disruptions to global production and supply chains. We are operating on the basis that the difficulties will continue into 2022. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and weather-related effects, it is not possible to provide a precise forecast as to when supply chains will return to normal.» said Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board.
Only RoRo ships – and no container ships – were handled at the newest terminal in the HHLA network in Trieste during the first nine months of 2021. So that’s the reason why no figures were given from Hamburg for the subsidiary in Trieste, HHLA PLT Italy.
The company at the port of Trieste started commercial operation in March 2021, while the first commercial train was operated in July 2021. Ro-Ro services started the first weekly service in March, followed by a second weekly service from Cesme (Turkey) in September. The RoRo units handled in Q3 increased by 45.37% compared to Q2.
Concerning general cargo, timber, aluminium, and coils are the main commodities handled. An increase in general cargo vessel unloading volumes was set in Q2 ( 4.976 tons) vs Q3 (155.575 tons).
HHLA PLT Italy currently employees 76 people, recording an increase of 22% in Q3 compared to Q2.