Hamburg lobbies Brussels
Hamburg port has lobbied Brussels ahead of a new terminal tender launch.
The port authority, conscious of past criticism that it was hostile to foreign investment, visited the European Union capital to underline that management style had changed.
?Brussels used to criticise Hamburg,? said Hamburg Port Authority chief executive Jens Meier. ?We wanted to show that we are not a closed shop anymore.?
The port authority says it is close to launching a pan-European tender for a 125-ha terminal. The usage has not yet been defined and there could be more than on operator. ?It is open,? said Mr Meier.
Hamburg brought a large contingent to Brussels and made a presentation to aides of Siim Kallas, the Brussels transport commissioner.
Mr Meier said the crisis was over as far as his port was concerned.
Volume growth for containers was now running at double-digit levels, it was reported.
Hamburg lost around 5% of its box market share last year to competitors in the northern European range. The chief executive said this was because the Kiel canal could not accommodate the draught of certain ships.
?We kept the high profit business,? he told.
During his public speech he criticised ?competition distorted by subsidies which will destroy the competitiveness of all of Europe?.