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The double-digit spike in the company's container carriages stems from the integration of NOL's business as of June 14th, 2016.
"The key areas of focus for us in 2017 will be the launch of our new alliance as of April 1st, and the rapid and seamless integration of UASC," Rolf Habben Jansen, Hapag-Lloyd's CEO, said.
Adding the Multi-Link Terminals in Helsinki and Kotka, the company's total sea container traffic in the Baltic amounted last year to 1.17 mln TEU (-21.0% year-on-year).
When TEU-converted, a total of 1,436,324 twenty-foot boxes were carried across Polish railways last year, more by 24.7% year-on-year.
The Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg noted its new all-time high last year, increasing its share in the Russian Baltic box port market up to 30%.
In total, the Danish Port of Hirtshals made 1.81 mln tn last year, noting an increase by 2.3% year-on-year.
At the same time, the company's terminals handled a total of 1.23 mln TEU, noting an increase by 0.9% year-on-year.
With nearly 1.68 mln 20-foot boxes (+12% year-on-year), domestic routes accounted for over a half of Russia's container transports carried across the country's railways.
Transport performance also went up last year across Russian Railways' network - by 1.6% year-on-year to a total of 2.34 trn tn-km (excl. empty wagon runs).