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Special equipment at the multi-purpose terminals

Cargo that cannot be containerized, above all heavy goods, over-sized packing units, or cargo on wheels, are all handled at one of Hamburg's seven multi-purpose facilities. Here, project and plant cargo with single units weighing several hundred tons can be loaded and discharged using special equipment. In addition numerous facilities are specialised to handle various products groups such as vehicles, fruit, cocoa and other foodstuffs.

    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.