Subdued annual result for 2016 at Wismar seaport
The amount of seaborne cargo of nearly 3.4 million tons moved at the port in 2016 was around 10% below last year's result. Together, all means of transport (ships, railway, trucks) achieved a total handling of approx. 7.1 million tons for the port. Against the background of a restrained overall economic situation and the insolvency of a large customer this result is not satisfactory.
For 2017 the seaport, planning on 3.6 million tons of seaborne cargo, holds on to its growth targets with optimism. Wismar seaport will continue its efforts to provide attractive support to the city as an industrial location through a forward-looking service and to strengthen the logistical and economic basis of the port. In 2016, for instance, the port invested in a new operative IT system.
Building work for the second stage of construction of the port extension is on schedule. Currently the pile driving is being carried out until the end of February 2017. The completion of the project is planned for the end of 2018.
Another project that will be with us from 2017 is the resumption of the adjustment of the navigable channel in the Bay of Wismar. This project has been included in the German Transport Master Plan.
In the cruise shipping segment, nine cruise vessels were handled in Wismar this year. Eleven vessels have already been announced for 2017. The modernization of the cruise berth 17 in the Old Harbour by the Hanseatic City of Wismar will further improve the profile of the city as a cruise destination. The start of construction is planned for the spring of 2017.