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Bulk cargo terminals ensure supply of raw materials

Bulk cargo handling in Hamburg is of special importance for the trade. More than 40 million tons of bulk cargo is handled in Hamburg every year. This includes bulk goods such as building materials and fertilizer, suction cargo such as grain and animal feed, grab cargo such as iron ore and coal, as well as liquid goods such as mineral oil and chemicals. Roofed-over handling facilities and storage areas guarantee safe handling for moisture-sensitive goods. Hamburg holds a leading position in Europe for suction cargo with silo capacity of a million tons. The ships can berth directly beside the large silos where high performance units carry out loading and discharging. In addition there are many mineral oil companies in Hamburg and other processing companies for liquid raw materials, as well as highly specialised tank farms equipped to handle and safely store liquid substances such as mineral oil, palm oil, alcohol, latex and chemicals.

    Frequently asked questions to Peter Pickhuben

  • Is luggage storage available at the Cruise Center?

    No, unfortunately there is no left-luggage office there.

  • Where can I buy used containers?

    You can find suppliers here.

  • What is project cargo?

    Project cargo is especially large or bulky cargo that cannot be transported in a container. Examples are parts of cranes or wind power stations, turbines, or ship propellers.

  • What is a TSS (German: VTG)?

    In order to avoid collisions in busy sea-lanes, separate ship traffic lanes are stipulated in a traffic separation scheme (TSS), which works like the lanes of a highway.

  • Who invented the container?

    In 1956, the American freight forwarder Malcolm McLean first transported goods in steel boxes by lorries and ships.