Ports and freight traffic Cologne

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Ports and Freight Transport Cologne AG
HGK Logo neu.jpg
Basic information
Company headquarters Cologne
Web presence HGK website
owner 54.5% Stadtwerke Köln GmbH, 39.2% City of Cologne , 6.3% Rhein-Erft district
Board Uwe Wedig (Chairman of the Board of Management), Wolfgang Birlin
Employee 2500 (as of August 2020)
sales 69.8 million eurosdep1
Operating facilities
Other operating facilities 4 transshipment ports

The ports and goods traffic Cologne AG ( HGK ) is a subsidiary of Stadtwerke Köln (SWK) with business priorities rail freight , inland freight shipping, port handling, vehicle workshop, network provision and rentals. In August 2012, HGK brought the activities of rail freight transport and port business into RheinCargo , a joint venture with the Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen .

Foundation and expansion

Signal box at Frechen station

The ports and goods traffic Cologne AG (HGK) is a female fusion of up to 30 July 1992 acting subsidiary of Stadtwerke Köln GmbH , ports Köln GmbH (HKG) and in an administration community in Cologne transporting enterprises AG (KVB) is collar-end independent Cologne -Bonner Eisenbahnen AG (KBE), operating branch rail freight transport (handling), with retroactive effect from January 1, 1992. On the day it was founded, the HGK then bought the Cologne-Frechen-Benzelrather Railway (KFBE), branch freight transport of the Cologne transport company (KVB), from the KVB. HGK was founded as part of a reorganization of Stadtwerke Köln GmbH on July 1, 1992, with HGK remaining a subsidiary of Stadtwerke Köln GmbH with a 54.5% stake.

On August 1, 2020, HGK took over the European inland shipping activities of Imperial Logistics International BV & Co.KG and is therefore not only active in the operation of port and rail infrastructure (track systems and the Brühl-Vochem railway depot), but also in cargo shipping. This enables the company to offer trimodal offers in the Rhineland and beyond. Furthermore, the logistics know-how in the transport of gases and chemical products was expanded. With the acquisition of Imperial Shipping, HGK is one of the largest inland shipping companies in Europe. At the same time, a new company logo was introduced and the structure of the corporate divisions was rebuilt.

Today's business areas of the HGK Integrated Logistics Group

  • HGK Logistics and Intermodal (ownership of the ports in Cologne, operational operation by RheinCargo)
  • HGK Shipping (inland shipping activities)
  • HGK Rail Operations (participation in RheinCargo)
  • HGK Infrastructure and Maintenance (operation of railway infrastructure and the Brühl-Vochem depot)
  • HGK Real Estate (management and rental of real estate)


Cologne is Germany's second largest inland port after Duisburg. Four of the five ports are still used for cargo handling. Since August 2012, the RheinCargo joint venture has taken over the active port business, with HGK holding the property in the ports

Rail infrastructure

A Vossloh G 2000 BB and a MaK DE 1002 are waiting in the Brühl-Vochem station

As a railway infrastructure company, HGK operates routes with a length of approx. 94 kilometers. The total length of the tracks is around 240 kilometers, which will connect 66  sidings to the public rail network. The following routes are or were maintained by the HGK:

The traffic volume is about 13.1 million tons.

As a public railway infrastructure, the HGK track network is open to all railway companies. Regular transports are carried out by u. a. from the Mittelweserbahn (MWB, to Brühl-Vochem and Cologne-Bickendorf), Rurtalbahn GmbH (RTB, to Cologne-Bickendorf) and LOCON Logistik & Consulting (Cologne-Niehl Hafen). The HGK depot (wagon and locomotive workshop) in Brühl-Vochem is also reached by several railway companies via the Brühl station, who have work on traction vehicles carried out in the HGK depot.

Vehicle workshops

The HGK operates a locomotive and wagon workshop in Brühl-Vochem (Rhineland).

Rail freight transport

Nine RheinCargo locomotives

The HGK has been active as a rail transport company (EVU) in rail freight transport for 20 years . In August 2012, HGK transferred this part of its active business to RheinCargo GmbH & Co. KG , a joint subsidiary with the Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen.


The HGK owned 45  diesel locomotives , 19  electric locomotives and 648  freight cars (as of 2011) until the operational business was outsourced to RheinCargo .


The HGK used various types of locomotives for regional and national freight transport. The traction vehicles that were last in operation are listed, some of which were rented or leased.

DE 12 was no longer in use after a fire in the driver's cab and was parked in the HGK depot Brühl-Vochem. Its sister locomotive DE 11 suffered the same fate, but it has now been transferred to the Voith plant in Kiel and then rebuilt there. DE 12 is to be used as a monument locomotive in the boat harbor in Kiel to commemorate Kiel's great times as a locomotive construction site on a pedestal.

Diesel locomotives
Company number (s) Type number Year of construction (s) Manufacturer Wheel alignment power image comment
DE 11 / DE 13 MaK DE 1024 2

(ex 3)

1989 MaK Kiel Co'Co ' 2650 kW DE 12 scrapped in August 2020
V 21/22 MaK G 321 B 2 1981 MaK Kiel B. 246 kW V 21
DH 50/57 / 711-717 Vossloh G 1000 BB 9 2003-2005, 2009, 2011 Vossloh Kiel B'B ' 1100 kW DH 57 converted to LED train signal lights
DE 61/62 (owned)
DE 67 / 668–672 / 676 (leased)
EMD JT42CWR 9 1999-2004 GM EMD Co'Co ' 2238 kW EN 62 DE 62 has the original American driver's cab,

DE 668-672 leased from Beacon Rail Leasing,

DE 668 bears the name Klaus Meschede,

DE 671 converted to LED train signal lights,

DE 67/676 leased from Ascendos Rail, now Beacon Rail Leasing, still in the green design of the former Ascendos Rail

the locomotives, with the exception of DE 67/676, received the silver-gray design of the HGK subsidiary RheinCargo during the general inspection

DE 71-76
DE 81-86
DE 91-94
MaK DE 1002 16 1986/1987 or 1993 MaK Kiel B'B ' 1320 kW DE 93 partially equipped with radio remote control,

converted to LED train signal lights, installation of high beam function at the general inspection

Electric locomotives
Company number (s) Type number Year of construction (s) Manufacturer Wheel alignment power image
2001 + 2002 BR 145 2 2000 ADtranz Kassel Bo'Bo ' 4200 kW DE 12
185 521
185 526
185 575
Bombardier TRAXX F140AC 3 2003-2006 Bombardier Kassel Bo'Bo ' 5600 kW 185 523
Bombardier TRAXX F140AC2 14th 2008 Bombardier Kassel Bo'Bo ' 5600 kW 185 584 and 582

Only those locomotives are listed that are either owned by HGK or rented or leased on a long-term basis .

In particular, electric locomotives that are briefly rented from other railway companies are not listed.

In addition, the HGK owns around 648 freight wagons , two road-rail Unimog (Netz-Wesseling and Technik-Vochem) and track construction vehicles such as the SKL and VT 1.

In spring 2009, HGK was the first company in Central Europe to successfully carry out a general inspection on a Class 66 .


The HGK holds shares in the following companies:

  • HTAG Häfen und Transport AG, Duisburg 100%, 11 million t of goods (2018)
    • again 100% to bunker operations Büchting Duisburg
  • neska Schiffahrts- und Speditionskontor GmbH, Duisburg 100%, handling and transport of 9.3 million t of goods (2018)
  • RheinCargo GmbH & Co. KG 50%, handling and transport of 44.2 million t of goods (2018)
  • Rhine ferry Cologne-Langel / Hitdorf GmbH 50%
  • Rheinauhafen-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH (RVG) 26%
  • Knapsack Cargo 26%
  • Service company for communication systems of urban and regional transport mbH (DKS) 24.5%
  • BGE Eisenbahn Güterverkehr GmbH Bergisch Gladbach 18%
  • CTS Container-Terminal GmbH 15%
  • BEKA purchasing and business company for transport companies mbH 0.4%


  • Gerd Wolff: German small and private railways , Volume 4: North Rhine-Westphalia southern part . Freiburg 1997, ISBN 3-88255-660-9 .
  • Ports and goods traffic Cologne AG (Ed.): 100 years Cologne-Bonn railways . 1995, p. 114 ff.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Annual Report 2018 (PDF) accessed on February 26, 2020
  2. rundschau-online.de
  3. See deutschland-auf-einen-blick.de. September 11, 2004, accessed January 3, 2011 .
  4. a b daughters and holdings. Retrieved March 9, 2014 .
  5. HGK Annual Report 2015, HGK key figures at a glance, page U2. (PDF) In: hgk.de. HGK, June 23, 2016, accessed August 30, 2016 .
  6. Annual Report 2007, HGK at a glance. (PDF) May 21, 2008, p. 2 , accessed January 3, 2011 . , Amendment 2008.
  7. Network map of the HGK. (PDF) Retrieved February 28, 2017 .
  8. hgk.de
  9. hgk.de (PDF)
  10. Cf. HGK, Yes we can: HGK successfully carries out first general inspection on a Class 66 locomotive , press release of February 10, 2009. (PDF) Accessed on January 3, 2011 .
  11. htag-duisburg.de
  12. Press release HGK acquires the neska group. (PDF) In: hgk.de. December 14, 2015, accessed August 30, 2016 .
  13. rheincargo.com