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(21.02.2020) The previously announced changes to the composition of the New ConTex Index have now taken effect.

Due to the fact that most of the fixtures are concluded shorter than 12 months, the index shall include short periods only.

Therefore the New ConTex will be based in the future on assessments of charter rates of six selected container ship types: 1,100 teu and 1,700 teu (with a charter period of 6 months) and 2,500, 2700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU (all with a charter period of 12 months).

Apart from this, the panel brokers of the New ConTex decided to expand the Index environment by adding two further types: 5,700 and 6,500 teu.

(18.02.2020) Due to technical problems we are still not able to publish the new structure of the index on our webpage.

We kindly ask for your patience and hope, we can fix the bug until next Tuesday.

(27.01.2020) Starting on February 15th, 2020 the VHBS will publish a reviewed New ConTex. Due to the fact that most of the fixtures are concluded shorter than 12 months, the index shall include short periods only. As from the effective date the New ConTex will be based on assessments of charter rates of six selected container ship types 1,100 TEU and Type 1,700 TEU (with a charter period of 6 months) and the Types 2,500, 2700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU (all with a charter period of 12 months).

Nevertheless, following assessments will be published as additional information: Types 1,100 and 1,700 TEU (both 12 months) and the Types 2,500, 2700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU (all with a charter period of 24 months). The data will not be part of the index calculation.

Apart from this, the panel brokers of the New ConTex decided to expand the Index environment by adding two further types, 5,700 and 6,500 teu. These data will be published as additional information.  The panel brokers believe that these types represent each in itself important segments of the market and their addition to the index will broaden the overall coverage of the Index and thus opening the New ConTex as a tool to a larger number of owners, charterers and brokers.

The new types will be evaluated on a fixture period of 12 months. A trial period has shown that there is sufficient fixture activity. 

The purpose of this wider coverage is to give an even more accurate picture of market development.

Background Information

The New ConTex (Container Ship Time Charter Assessment Index) has been published by the Hamburg and Bremen Shipbrokers’ Association since October 2007. Compared with other indices, the New ConTex is the only global, company-independent index for containership chartering. The current panel comprises 15 recognized shipbrokers in Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Singapore. Further details for all types are published on the Association´s webpage: www.vhbs.de.

We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Keep shipping weird, always!

It is done! Thank you to all sponsors and partners and to more than 3.700 guests. 

Hope, to see you all next year in Hamburg at the 72 Eisbeinbeinessen. Date will be published in due course. 

(24.06.2019) Im Rahmen einer kleinen Feier wurden heute die erfolgreichen Absolventen in den Räumen der Hamburger Berufsschule verabschiedet.

Insgesamt waren 77 Prüflinge angetreten (45 Linie + 32 Tramp), von denen letztlich 73 erfolgreich waren. Die Bestehensquote lag somit bei 92%. Die Damen stellten mit 40 Kandidatinnen die Mehrheit, der Median lag bei 376 von 500 Punkten, der Durchschnitt bei 74% (370 Punkten).

Namens des Vereins Hamburger Rheder (VHR), des Nautischen Vereins zu Hamburg sowie des Verbands Hamburger und Bremer Schiffsmakler (VHBS) zeichnete die VHR-Geschäftsführerin, Frau Runa Jörgens, in Anerkennung ihrer besonderen Leistung die Prüfungsbesten im Bereich Linie, Frau Finja Rathlau (Hapag-Lloyd), und im Bereich Tramp, Herr Florian Klever (Peter Döhle), jeweils mit einer Goldmünze aus.

Wir gratulieren von dieser Stelle aus allen erfolgreichen Absolventen in Bremen sowie Hamburg und wünschen Ihnen alles Gute für den weiteren Lebensweg.

(03.01.2018) The competent federal authorities reminded ship owners, operators, masters and persons-in-charge that the annouced speed limit system governing the speed of vessels on the river Elbe would come into operation on January 2, 2018. There will be speed controls from January 2, 2018 (trial phase). Violations will be punished from April 1, 2018. The speed limits are imposed to avoid negative impacts on the environment. For further information please contact your local agent. 

(4.12.2017) The Ballast Water Convention is in force as of 8 september 2017 and is applicable to all ships, which are carrying ballastwater. These ship need to have a certificate, an approved management plan and a ballastwater record book on board.

The purpose of the Convention is to prevent the introduction of alien or new species in the aquatic environment. These species are being carried on board of sea-going vessels in the ballastwater and may be harmful to the aquatic environment. Ships will have to treat their ballastwater or will have to prevent in another way the transport of species.

For further details, please contact the association or have a look on www.deutsche-flagge.de

(6.11.2017) It is done! Thanks to all participants, guests and sponsors of the 69th Eisbein. It was a great pleasure!

 

(15.2.2017) Container throughput achieves 1.0 percent advance in 2016/ Setting a record result for seaport-hinterland rail transport with 2.4 million TEU

In 2016 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a turnaround in seaborne cargo throughput, reaching a total 138.2 million tons in the general and bulk cargo segments. ‘Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg again developed upwards with an increase of 0.3 percent. Stronger general cargo throughput offset a slight downturn in bulk cargo throughput. The Port of Hamburg is also contemplating a positive trend for 2017,’ said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing. The successful development of seaport-hinterland transport by rail was maintained. ‘Hamburg is further extending its position as Europe’s leading rail port. In 2016, 46.4 million tons of freight (up 1.5 percent) and 2.4 million TEU (up 2.4 percent) were transported in/out of the port by rail. We are delighted about this record result. Now at 46.6 percent, the proportion of freight transported by rail received a further boost,’ said Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.


After an initially modest start at the beginning of the year, container throughput picked up during the second half, achieving a 1.0 percent advance over twelve months to 8.9 million TEU. At 91.7 million tons, total containerized cargo volume rose by 1.2 percent. The container traffic with Asia that is of such special importance for the Port of Hamburg was up by 1.3 percent at 4.7 million TEU. Also dominating in Hamburg, container throughput with Chinese ports made good progress, increasing by 1.6 percent to 2.6 million TEU. Container services on trade routes with North and South America were 2.9 percent ahead at 1.2 million TEU. Handling 2.6 million TEU, the European container trade remained at the previous year’s level. A gratifying 4.5 percent increase took container traffic with Russia up to 453,000 TEU. ‘Despite trade sanctions remaining in force, Russia returned to second place (2015: third) among the Port of Hamburg’s container transport trading partners,’ reported Ingo Egloff. As before, direct calls by container liner services in Gothenburg and Danzig caused downturns in Hamburg’s seaborne container throughput with Sweden, 10.6 percent lower at 243,000 TEU, and Poland, down by 9.7 percent at 214,000 TEU. Totalling 1.8 million TEU, container services with the Baltic nevertheless remained at the previous year’s level. Up 2.0 percent at 241,000 TEU, India’s continuingly growing importance remained very satisfactory. The country now takes tenth place in the list of Hamburg’s top trading partners for container transport. Other positive trends in container traffic can be reported with the USA, 11.1 percent up at 363,000 TEU, United Kingdom, 12.6 percent up at 246,000 TEU, United Arab Emirates, 11.1 percent up at 234,000 TEU, and Mexico, 17.8 percent higher at 74,000 TEU.

On both imports and exports, the Port of Hamburg’s throughput balance for 2016 reflected growth. At 4.6 million TEU, imports were up by 1.2 percent, while exports at 4.3 million TEU scored a 0.7 percent advance. ‘Despite lower transhipment-container services by feederships to/from Sweden and Poland, on total throughput the port can report an upward trend for both imports and exports. Growth was primarily generated by container services with Asia and the Americas,’ explained Mattern.

On bulk cargo throughput, accounting for throughput of 44.9 million tons (down 1.3 percent) in Hamburg in 2016, imports and exports fared differently. On the import side, a total of 33.4 million tons represented a gain of 3.0 percent. On exports, at 11.5 million tons bulk cargo throughput was down on the previous year by 11.9 percent. Ensuring import growth were the following segments: suction cargoes – oilseeds, grains & feedstuffs – that were 7.8 percent higher at 4.3 million tons, and liquid cargoes that rose by 9.7 percent to 10.7 million tons. Here the main cause of the increase was a 29.4 percent advance to 9.7 million tons in imports of oil products. Mainly involving coal and ores, grab cargo throughput was slightly – 1.4 percent – down to 18.5 million tons on the previous year. At 11.5 million tons, exports in the suction, liquid and grab cargo segments were down by 11.9 percent, for various reasons. Apart from the harvest-related downturn in grain exports, down by 23.2 percent at 3.2 million tons, another in oil products was also recorded. At 2.2 million tons, these were 20.6 percent lower than in the especially strong previous year, primarily as the result of the closure of a major refinery in Hamburg, where oil product exports ceased. At 3.5 million tons – down by 0.5 percent – the result on grab cargoes almost matched the previous year.

In 2016, at 1.5 million tons throughput of non-containerized general cargoes, for example bulky plant elements and wheeled cargo, was 11.0 percent down on the previous year. On the import side, with the total 9.7 percent lower at 518,000 tons, growing totals for citrus fruits – 1.7 percent higher at 182,000 tons – and other conventional cargoes, for example large machinery, proved unable to offset downturns for paper, wood, metal and vehicles. On exports of conventional general cargoes, with the total down 11.6 percent at one million tons, growth for timber, iron and steel failed to offset lower vehicle exports.

Record result for seaport-hinterland rail transport

Ingo Egloff and Axel Mattern, Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Joint CEOs, declared at the Port of Hamburg’s Annual Press Conference that seaborne cargo throughput in the universal Port of Hamburg has stabilized and there is an obvious upward trend. In strong competition with the other main ports in Northern Europe, Hamburg can claim an especially positive trend in seaport-hinterland services. Against the trend for lower volumes on rail freight traffic in Germany, at 46.4 million tons the volume transported into/out of the Port of Hamburg was 1.5 percent higher. The number of containers transported by rail climbed by 2.4 percent to 2.4 million TEU. In the Port of Hamburg’s modal split, rail further increased its share of containers transported from 41.6 percent to 42.3 percent. Linking Hamburg with all hinterland economic centres, more than 200 freight trains reach or leave Europe’s largest rail port every day. “In a comparison with ports in Europe, the highest number of connections and the great frequency of train departures to/from Hamburg are very advantageous in offering shippers in industry and commerce rapid handling of their export and import cargoes,’ said Egloff.

Elbe fairway adjustment is coming

To continue expanding the Port of Hamburg in its multitude of functions and to keep it competitive, modernization and expansion of an efficient infrastructure for freight transport by rail, truck, inland waterway or oceangoing ship is of crucial importance. ‘With its judgement on 9 February, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig expressly underlined the necessity of the fairway adjustment,’ said Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). Fairway adjustment is coming. Now the task is to extend the legal process. ‘We shall now be concentrating on clarifying the questions about possible fluctuations in the salinity of the Elbe and on attending to demands for additional compensatory areas within the framework of what is compatible with legislation on protecting habitats.’ The project group responsible will be urgently working on this, yet it is too early just now to make a firm statement on the time framework required. The Federal Administrative Court made clear in its judgement that no deficiencies are evident in the entire planning process and that the objections by environmental groups in respect of hydraulic construction measures are unfounded. The European water directive has also been observed. Only the protection of one plant species, the ‘Hemlock Water Dropwort’ and the designation of compensatory areas require improvement, and then the measure should be implemented. ‘So it is clear that fairway adjustment is coming, but we regret the loss of more time in implementing the measure. The essential point is that for shipping on the Elbe and operations in the Port of Hamburg, nothing changes. We have proved able until now to handle the largest containerships, and that will remain so in future. No deterioration will therefore be occurring,’ stressed Egloff.

The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port, guaranteeing more than 156,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The port is a significant industrial base and with net added value of 21.8 billion euros is of immense significance for the entire German economy. For 2017, the Port of Hamburg’s marketing organization reckons with a seaborne cargo throughput at last year’s level.