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Port Network

In an age of globalization and worldwide networking it is essential to work alongside strong partners. That even applies to Germany's largest seaport. To further expand its position as a powerful and reliable economic centre, the Port of Hamburg maintains close relations with over 20 seaports and inland ports in Germany and beyond its borders. This concept of cooperation is also reflected in numerous port partnerships.


Inland ports

The Port of Hamburg is currently linked with the German inland waterway network via the Elbe Lateral Canal and the Mittellandkanal. Inland ports are obviously potentially high-performance hinterland traffic hubs, especially for the anticipated growth in container traffic in the medium term. Most of them are trimodally linked, with rail, waterway and autobahn networks. They handle regular services in bulk and general cargoes, containers and heavy loads. Close cooperation between the inland ports creates great potential for developing and sustaining multimodal seaport hinterland traffic.

  • Hafen Hamburg: FAQ an Peter Pickhuben

    Frequently asked questions to Peter Pickhuben

  • How does a floating dry dock work?

    First the dock is flooded and submerges enough to allow a ship to sail in. Then the water is pumped out of the tanks and the floating dock rises, lifting the ship out of the water. In this way work can be carried out underneath the ship’s hull.

  • How far up is the Elbe River navigable?

    The navigability depends on the current water level. Under favourable circumstances the river Elbe is navigable via the Vltava to Prague.

    You can find current water levels here.

  • Where can I find information on the water level of the Upper Elbe River?

    You can find up-to-date information on water levels here.

  • What does the term “North Range” mean?

    The North Sea ports Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremen and Bremerhaven, and Hamburg make up the North Range.

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