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Germany's largest container port

Today more than 70 percent of all the bulk cargoes transported around the world are packed into containers. As Germany's largest and Europe's third largest container port Hamburg takes on an important distribution function for worldwide flows of goods. Four high performance container terminals make possible an annual handling capacity of some 12 million TEU (20-foot standard containers). Added to this is the capacity of the numerous multi-purpose terminals where alongside conventional general cargo containerised goods are handled. All container terminals are equipped with integrated rail terminals - that adds decisively to Hamburg's leading position among rail ports in Europe.

  • Hafen Hamburg: FAQ an Peter Pickhuben

    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.