BREMEN/BREMERHAVEN. Despite the pandemic, Bremen‘s ports increased their total throughput in the first quarter of this year by 3.1 per cent to 17,482 million tonnes compared to the same period last year. Some interesting trends have emerged. Container throughput with China overtook the US volume for the first time. A total of 5,978 ships were handled in Bremen‘s ports in the first quarter of 2021, including 2,359 container ships, 1,295 general cargo vessels and 1,091 RoRo or vehicle carriers.