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Bremen: 25 years of container traffic.

Bremen: 25 Years of Container Traffic

During the past 25 years, containers have gained in importance, outstripping every other form of ocean transport. About 50% of all the general cargo handled in the major universal ports on the European North Sea coast is containerized. Most containers now in use worldwide are of the standardized 20 foot and 40 foot lengths. They can hold up to 30 tons of cargo. A broad range of specialized containers is available to carry almost any kind of goods. Transport experts predict that in the long run more than 90% of the general cargo transported worldwide is containerizable, indicating further growth in this field. This trend as been evident in the Ports of Bremen ever since the containerization first started.

In the mid-sixties, Bremen was one of the first ports in Europe to recognize the potential of container traffic, which Sea-Land had first started in the U.S. Sea-Land though, did not remain for long the only shipping line to convey cargo in containers. Other shipping companies recognized the advantages of this new system, and equipped their fleets appropriately. Nowadays, all notable shipping lines, unless they are specialized in some other form of transport, operate modern containerships in worldwide traffic.

In 1990, BLG handled close to 1,200,000 TEU with a total cargo volume of 11.4 million tons. That amounts to 69% of all the general cargo in the BLG facilities in Bremen and Bremerhaven.

If container traffic continues to grow at the present rate, the container terminal in Bremerhaven will reach its maximum capacity by the mid-1990's. Due to this factor, the facility is to be extended. The riverside quay will be lengthened 700 meters to the north: this corresponds to two more berths for large container ships. Additional handling and storage areas covering an area of 800,000 square meters will be constructed at the same time. The project is planned for completion in 1995.

After completion, the Container Terminal Bremerhaven will be the largest container terminal in the world, with regard to handling and storage. The terminal will offer a total of 12 berths for large containerships, with the quays along the riverfront and in the terminal area of the North Harbor stretching a length of 3.9 kilometers.
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Title Annotation:cargo container handling in Bremen
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Jul 1, 1991
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