Boom in Linz port – with the exception of waterside throughput

Port of Linz faces heavy losses in total waterside throughput; but very good development in the container terminal segment

Boom in Linz port – with the exception of waterside throughput

In the 2015 financial year (October 2014 to September 2015), Linz AG Logistik – comprising the port segment of Linz Service GmbH and Österreichische Donaulager GmbH – has achieved a turnover of EUR 37 million (up 9.1% on 2014) and hence generated once again clearly positive results of ordinary business activities at the amount of EUR 4.3 million.

The total operating performance of the Linz port has slightly decreased by 2.8 percent from 3.03 million tonnes in the 2014 financial year to 2.95 million tonnes, which is due to the significant decline in the waterside throughput due to the low water levels. In the 2015 financial year 772 ships entered the ports of Linz AG (trading port and tank port), representing a decrease of 246 vessels or 24.2 percent on the 2014 financial year.

The total water turnover dropped by 21.9 percent to 808,463 tonnes. While in the 2014 financial year the commercial port (incl. waterside container handling) transshipped 525,094 tonnes, there were only 419 106 tonnes in 2015, representing a decrease of 20.2 percent. The oil companies reduced the transport volumes on the waterway, resulting in a decline in throupghput in the tank port of 23.7 percent to 389,357 tonnes.

The counterpoint to this is once again the very good handling volume in the container terminal business segment. With 233,830 TEU in the 2015 financial year, the previous year’s figure was exceeded by 12.2 percent. Despite a mixed economic development in Austria, very pleasing gains in thrpoughput volumes were achieved again in the first five months of the 2016 fiscal year (October 2015-February 2016). The volume has increased by about 9.3 percent year-on-year.

Although container handling volumes in Asia are currently declining, which has also effects with a time delay in Upper Austria, nevertheless a very good first half of the fiscal year can be expected in this area. The operation start of the expanded container terminal in Enns by Deutsche Bahn, however, lets the port of Linz expect, declines in the second half of the year.