Since January 2014, the Terminal Louis Hagel in Hamburg, which is specialized in the transloading and storage of high-quality fertilizer, has also been offering the option of blending fertilizers. To this end, Louis Hagel installed custom-made boxes in an existing silo and adapted the conveyor lines accordingly. The result is an expansion in the portfolio of logistics services in the bulk cargo segment offered by the traditional Hamburg company established as far back as 1878.

The company SKW Stickstoffwerke Piesteritz, a subsidiary of the Czech Agrofert Group, responded to growing demand for their innovative mineral fertilizers by installing the blending facility at the Hamburg location. By utilizing this Group-owned facility, SKW Piesteritz is able to boost the capacities of ALZON 40 S fertilizer, for which there is very demand on the market. The blended product consists of environmentally friendly, nitrogen stabilized urea and nitrogen-sulphur fertiliser and has been developed especially to provide cereal crops with nutrients.

“Since the reunification, we have gradually expanded our business relationship with SKW Piesteritz. In doing so, we jointly adapted our operations to the changing market requirements. In the 1990s, the focus was on the export of standard fertilizers, whereas today we additionally load containers with speciality products for the world market, and starting this season, we are also blending SKW fertilizers for the local market. This calls for enormous flexibility on the part of a cargo-handling operation,” says the owner Horst Hagel.

Capacities at the Hagel Terminal are currently being expanded. Construction work for the installation of a new job luffing crane is already under way. In time for the next fertilizer season, ships with a draught of up to 11 metres will be able to be processed there. Around 30 per cent of the entire seaborne cargo handling at the Port of Hamburg is generated at the bulk cargo terminal (42.3 million tons). In the first three quarters of 2013, handling of nitrogen compounds and fertilisers as well as chemical and natural fertiliser minerals rose by two per cent, to 2.7 million tons.