HAMBURG, Jun 29 (FAM) – The ‘First Rail Conference on Cargo Transport by Rail and Ports’  attended by 200 experts from the railway network, rail operator, shipowning, terminal and port operation fields, attended companies and organizations from Hamburg, the Metropolitan Region and the whole of Germany.

Held on the initiative of their Rail Working Group headed by Dr Bernd-R. Pahnke, Vice President Port Development, DB Cargo AG, the Hamburg Logistics Initiative (LIHH) and Port of Hamburg Marketing were the organizers of this first Rail Conference.

Both the welcome address by Prof Dr Peer Witten, Chairman of LIHH, and the introductory lecture by Senator Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Minister of Economics, Transport and Innovation, emphasized that around 11 percent of freight traffic by rail in Germany commences or finishes its journey in Hamburg. Even though the Elbe metropolis is well positioned on the market, in Senator Horch’s view many challenges remain for successfully developing rail freight traffic.