More cargo passes through the Port of Hirtshals


Even though the corona crisis has challenged the Port of Hirtshals in a number of areas, the port can still look back on a satisfying financial year with growth in three of its main business segments.

With a total revenue of DKK 71.2 million and a profit for the year of DKK 4.6 million in 2020, the Port of Hirtshals has naturally been able to feel the consequences of the border and society closures that governments around the world have been forced to implement in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. While some of the business areas at the port have been under pressure, the pandemic has also paved the way for growth opportunities in other areas.

Positive prospects for cargo via Hirtshals
During 2020, a total of 1.9 million tonnes cargo were transported over the quay in Hirtshals which is almost 100,000 tonnes more compared to 2019. The Port of Hirtshals has thus experienced a growth in the total cargo volume of 3.1 % in 2020.

Every week, the ro/ro vessel Mistral carries cargo to/from the Faroe Islands and Iceland
Every week, the ro/ro vessel Mistral carries cargo to/from the Faroe Islands and Iceland

At the same time, the Port of Hirtshals has noted a positive improvement in freight traffic, where a total of 140,000 units were transferred in 2020. The number of lorries and trailers has thus increased by 2.1 % from 2019 to 2020. This development in freight traffic clearly shows that the traffic via Hirtshals increases as soon as capacity is released for lorries on the ferries.

- There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year in which the Port of Hirtshals, like a long line of other companies, has been affected by some harsh and uncontrollable conditions. However, 2020 has also been a year in which we have received clear evidence that the basis for growth in freight traffic via Hirtshals is present, says Chairman of the board at the Port of Hirtshals Anker Laden-Andersen.

Declining revenue
In contradistinction to the freight traffic, the car and passenger traffic has been badly affected by both the Nordic and the European border closures. In this area alone, the Port of Hirtshals has experienced a decrease of 59.1 % compared to 2019. However, the decrease is expected to be of a temporary nature.

The harvesting vessel Norwegian Gannet delivers fresh salmon the Hirtshals
The harvesting vessel Norwegian Gannet delivers fresh salmon the Hirtshals

2020 has also been a remarkable difficult year for the fishing sector, as the closures in Italy, Spain and France respectively have limited the sale of the high-quality fish from Skagerrak and Hirtshals for longer periods of the year. On the contrary, the Port of Hirtshals has again in 2020 noted an increase in the inflow of salmon which reached a total value of DKK 1.48 billion. For the second year in a row, the Port of Hirtshals is thus the port in Denmark with the largest value in inflow of fish.

Due to COVID-19 the car and passenger traffic failed in 2020
Due to COVID-19 the car and passenger traffic failed in 2020

The Port of Hirtshals and the future
- In the light of COVID-19 and a year of declining revenues, the port's revenue of DKK 71.2 million must be considered satisfactory, as it is only a decline of approx. 6 % in comparison to 2019. We are positive about the future and look forward to implementing some of our development plans in the near future, concludes Anker Laden-Andersen.

Already now, the Port of Hirtshals can see positive indications for the current year. In the first two months of 2021, the Port of Hirtshals has experienced an increase of 11.1 % in the total cargo volume and an increase of 1.2 % in the landing of fish compared to the same time last year.