The passengers are back at Port of Hirtshals

After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, car and passenger traffic at Port of Hirtshals has returned in earnest. The number of cars in 2022 was even higher than in 2019, when traffic was not affected by the pandemic, while July 2022 was the best month ever measured in terms of both cars and the number of passengers.

780,000 cars and more than 2.3 million passengers. This is the status of car and passenger traffic through the Port of Hirtshals in 2022, which is thus back to normal from before COVID.

In 2020 and 2021, car and passenger traffic were strongly affected by COVID restrictions and lockdowns, but in 2022 car and passenger traffic returned in earnest to Port of Hirtshals. July 2022 also set a monthly record with more than 190,000 cars and almost 630,000 passengers, which is the highest number ever at Port of Hirtshals.

Due to the COVID restrictions, there was extra space for freight transport on the ferries in 2020 and 2021, because the number of cars fell significantly. This led to an extraordinarily high level of activity in freight transport in these years. This additional on-board capacity was not available in 2022, which has been felt by a slight decrease of 3.8 percent in freight transport from 2021 to 2022.

Unloading of Superspeed 2
Unloading of Superspeed 2

- When we compare the volume of cargo in 2022 with 2019 before COVID, we have however experienced an increase of as much as 8.2 percent, which is a very satisfactory result, says Per Holm Nørgaard, CEO at Port of Hirtshals.

The number of lorries has fallen slightly in 2022, with a total of 144,000 lorries passing through Port of Hirtshals against 150,000 in 2021. Compared to 2019, however, this is an increase of 2.1 percent.

- It is very positive that we are now back at the level from before COVID, and for booth goods, trucks and cars we are above the level in 2019. This emphasises the important position and location of Port of Hirtshals for the transport of both goods and passengers throughout Scandinavia and the North Atlantic, says Per Holm Nørgaard and continues:

- This progress also clarifies the need for the upcoming port expansion, which should, among other things, make it possible to call at the Port of Hirtshals with larger ships than is possible today, and not least increase maritime safety when calling in rough weather.

Artemis unloading mackerel
Artemis unloading mackerel 
The value of fish landings has also increased in 2022. Thus, fish landed in Hirtshals for a value of DKK 417 million in 2022, which is an increase of no less than 23.9 percent compared to 2021. The increase has occurred because of both higher prices for the fish and larger quantities.
- As one of Denmark's leading fishing ports, it is very gratifying that we are experiencing continued progress in fish landings. It is of great importance to the many companies that deal with the processing and processing of fish at Port of Hirtshals, and which help to secure local jobs, says Per Holm Nørgaard.

Facts - Goods etc. At Port of Hirtshals 2022:
Cargo volume: 1.95 million tons
Trucks/lorries: 144,000
Cars: 780,000
Passengers: 2,369,000
Landed fish (value): DKK 417 million