Lübeck Continues to Prepare the Scandinavienkai

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The handling volumes of Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft (LHG) were just over two percent below the previous year’s figure at just under 21,840 million tons.

The volume increase in the past four months in particular contributed to minimise the decline.

Automotive business was 20% higher.

Most areas, including the high-volume roro handling, were in decline.

Forest products fell by 7.5 percent for structural reasons.

LHG is preparing Skandinavienkai in Travemünde with an additional area of ​​around 60,000m2 and a 10,000m2 multi-purpose hall for the forest industry. First customer will be Stora Enso.

The terminal will be ready at the end of the year, when Wallenius SOL starts to call with the new roro ships.

LHG and Stora Enso agree on long-term cooperation

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Stora Enso Logistics (forest products) and the Lübeck Port Company (LHG) have agreed for a long-term cooperation, with a five-year contract, with possible extensions.
This will make Stora Enso the first customer to move into the new forest terminal on the Skandinavienkai in Travemünde in 2019.
For Stora Enso, Lübeck is the main port of call in the Baltic Sea. For more than 40 years, the Group has been shipping its products via Lübeck. Almost one million tonnes of the Scandinavian paper products were shipped via the Nordland terminal last year.
A main reason for the move is the further development of intermodal transport solutions from the production sites to the customers on mainland Europe.

Way is clear for an expansion of Travemünde’s Skandinavienkai

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Confidence has returned to LHG (Port of Lübeck) after the unions accepted the rescue package last week. A planned extension of the handling area at the Skandinavienkai can now become reality. The quay area could get 16 more hectares.
Parts of the paper business would be relocated from the Nordland terminal (Lübeck) to the Skandinavienkai (Travemünde), closer to the sea. The LHG confirmed that construction should start in the first half of 2018, and the expansion could be completed by the end of 2019.

Source: LN

Finally! Port of Lübeck (LHG) employees say yes to restructuration plan

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At a general meeting of the ‘ver.di’ union, the employees of the Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft (LHG) finally approved the restructuring plan (November 21) with a 60% majority.
After years of disputes and discussions the dockworkers have said yes to flexible work and cost reductions.
The necessary cost reductions will strengthen the competitiveness of LHG, while the long-term tariff period (until 2022) gives the company a better competitive position. It was feared that customers would move to the nearby port of Rostock.

Photo © LHG / Christiane Schröder

Rostock unhappy with Lübeck’s port lease waiver

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LN Online reports that the port of Rostock has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding the decision of the city of Lübeck to waive the lease of LHG, Lübeck’s port authority company. Rostock sees it as a distortion of competition.
SPD mayor Bernd Saxe says that accountancy and law firms did the necessary research, and came to the conclusion there was no illegal aid.
LN Online sees another reason behind the complaint: LHG wants to invest in the move of a Swedish paper customer from the Nordlandkai (Lübeck) to the Skandinavienkai (Travemünde). Port of Lübeck needs the renouncement of the lease as part of a rescue plan. Without rescue the port cannot invest in the terminal, and that might cause the customer to shift from Lübeck to Rostock.
Two years ago Lübeck already lost UPM to Rostock.

Rescuing the Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft: still work to be done

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In a surprising move, 75% of Port of Lübeck’s (LHG) dockworkers rejected the collective agreement, needed for the rescue package of the Hanseatic port operator. The outcome of the vote was known on October 21.

The City of Lübeck was prepared to waive the EUR 17 million lease, if the workers accepted to do an equal effort. The city was also going to pay EUR 800,000 for the workers of the insolvent port company HBV (Hafenbetriebsvereins), which went bankrupt in 2016.

Although the union recommended voting in favour, the outcome is negative. The main reasons to say no were the lower wages, and especially the permanent requirement for flexible working hours.

Talks with the unions will resume in order to find a much needed solution.

Photo: Skandinavienkai,Travemünde © Mike Louagie

LHG gets funds for it’s RoRo-Hafen-4.0 platform

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The German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has awarded LHG (Ports of Lübeck and Travemünde) funding from the Innovative Port Technologies (IHATEC) program.
Together with the University of Lübeck, LHG is working as a consortium leader on a concept for an integrated booking and disposition platform “RoRo-Hafen-4.0”.
The aim of the project is to control the flow of information along entire transport chains and make it available to all parties involved. A feasibility study can now be started.

Photo © Mike Louagie