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Bjoern Pistol Interview (Hamburg Port Authority) | Green Maritime Forum 2018


My name is Bjoern Pistol, I’m the
Head of Port Strategy in the Port of Hamburg at the Hamburg Port Authority.
The Port of Hamburg is the biggest port in Germany and the third biggest port in
Europe with a turnover of 140 million tonnes, 9 million TEU per year, and we
have a long history of 800 years and we think we are one of the most modern and
one of the smartest ports in the world. I think currently we have two major
challenges. The first one is the growth of vessel sizes, so vessels get bigger
and bigger and we have to adapt our infrastructure to this increased sizes
of vessels. And the question is, when will this ship size development come to an
end and when, until when does it make sense for us from economical point of
view to adapt our infrastructure to the growing sizes of vessels? That’s the
first challenge. The second challenge is, especially as Hamburg, our port, is
located in the heart of the city, and all emissions and pollution caused by
ships are more and more challenge, become more and more a challenge for us because
we have to balance the interests of urban development and maritime industry. Therefore green shipping and green logistics is very important job for us. It’s our task as part of Hamburg to
always be ahead, to be this one state-of-the-art part in the world.
We started this when we automized our terminals, when we had the first
automatic container terminal in Hamburg. Two or three years ago we
started a smart port initiative where we said, let’s combine all data and all
information to make logistics more efficient, and meanwhile we are one of
the leading smart ports in the world. And last, not least we are trying to make the
ports greener and reduce emissions especially in the port,
for example, we are installing onshore power supply stations for cruise vessels
as well as for container vessels. We are talking about power pegs, about
independent power supply and this is all done to reduce emissions and to make the
maritime logistics in Hamburg more sustainable and lasting. I think for both, the ports and the
shipowners, there’s a very simple rule it’s be innovative or be regulated. And
for us as port, we want to be innovative and there’s a very clear guideline for
us – that’s the Paris agreement for protection, for the protection of the
climate. And this Paris agreement says that until the year 2050 CO2 emissions
have to reduce by 80%. And now we are at the task to find paths and ways how do
we get through an 80% reduction? And I think, the shipowners they should always
also go on this way and should start to think about how they can reduce the
emissions and how they can meet this 80 percent target. Especially, when you
see the latest IMO decisions, there’s still some
stuff to do. I mean, we are a regional hub of shipping.
I would say we’re a global hub of shipping, we are still a top-20 part and
we want to to stay in this top 20. We want to stabilize our position by being
a qualitative, innovative, smart and sustainable port and I think we are on a
very good way.

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