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Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg is conveniently located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. It is easy to access from the North Sea via the Elbe River. Only about 70 sea miles separate the city from the river mouth. The Kiel Canal connects the port to Scandinavia and the whole Baltic Sea region. The Elbeseitenkanal and the Midland Canal offer excellent transport connections to the hinterland

  • 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.

  • What is a Seafarers’ Mission?

    A seafarers’ mission is a Christian social service for sailors.

  • Where can I find information on tariffs for the Port of Hamburg?

    Elbe river pilots: www.wsd-nord.de

    Schedule of fees for pilots: table of pilot fees for the Elbe pilot district

    Port pilots: www.hamburg-pilot.de

    Port money/currency: www.hamburg-port-authority.de

    Tugboats: www.bugsier.de

    Quay tariff: www.uvhh.de

    Quay tariff HHLA: www.hhla.de

    Quay tariff Eurogate: www.eurogate.de

    Clearance – on enquiry: info@schiffsmakler.de

  • How many berths does the Port of Hamburg have?

    The Port of Hamburg has 320 berths.

  • How big is the Port of Hamburg?

    The port covers an area of 7,399 hectares, of which 4,331 hectares are land area. An area of 919 hectares is planned for port expansion. The urban area covers 755 square kilometres.

  • What does the term “universal port” mean?

    In addition to container handling, a universal port is geared to all forms of non-containerised cargo like project cargo, suction cargo, liquid cargo, grab cargo and bulk cargo.

  • How many terminals are there in addition to the container terminals?

    There are 42 terminals that handle project cargo, liquid cargo, suction cargo, bulk cargo, and grab cargo.