Hamburg's feeder role to remain

The recent move by Maersk to run an 8000teu service direct from Asia to Gdansk has caused Unicredit’s shipping department to report its belief that other lines will follow suit leading to an erosion of the port of Hamburg’s role as a feeder port.

These suggestions have been rebuffed by the port stating that, in its view, the direct services are only temporary as ice-class vessels would be needed to maintain a year-round service. The port is also unconvinced that cargo quantities would be sufficient to ensure the profitability of a direct service. Maersk, as a major liner operator, is able to provide services that smaller lines simply cannot turn into revenue generators and so, in the opinion of the port, it is unlikely that other carriers will follow Maersk’s example.