19 September 2022
In March 2022, Hamburgen Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to test the transport chain for hydrogen from the United Arab Emirates to Hamburg.
The first test delivery, which was shipped in the form of hydrogen derivative ammonia, has now arrived at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder, where it was unloaded from the Hapag Lloyd vessel Prague Express.
Angela Titzrath, CEO of HHLA, said: “HHLA is pleased to facilitate the import of hydrogen and its derivatives to Germany and Europe as part of the strategic energy partnership between UAE and Germany. In order to use hydrogen on a large scale, a reliable and efficient transport chain is needed from producing countries like the UAE to the German and European customers. With its European vast network of seaport terminals, rail connections and intermodal hub terminals operated by our rail subsidiary Metrans, HHLA is well positioned as an import hub and reliable logistics partner for the distribution and transport of hydrogen.”
In 2020, HHLA has started the HHLA Hydrogen Network project to identify the potential for hydrogen in its own operations and beyond. At the moment, HHLA is positioning itself in the area of importing and distributing hydrogen, while also using fuel cells for its own handling equipment.