All-purpose port Hamburg

  • Port of Hamburg – Gateway to the world

    The geographical location between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea as well as and the excellent performance of the port industry makes the Port of Hamburg the leading foreign trade hub of Germany. As Germany's biggest multipurpose port, it is of crucial importance for European inland markets with up to 450 million consumers. Hamburg generates a total annual gross value added of around 20 billion euros and directly and indirectly employs more than 260.000 people.

    State-of-the-art technology of the handling facilities, data communication systems, an efficient transport infrastructure and high-performance feeder and hinterland connections create the conditions for the exchange of goods with trading partners all over the world. In addition, the port plays a major role in export and import logistics for industry and trade in Hamburg and the metropolitan region.

  • Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe via the Port of Hamburg

    The port's location lowers transport costs and ideally connects markets in Germany, Central, Eastern and Northern Europe to worldwide transport routes by feeder and river barges, rail and truck at low cost (link to our liner services).

    Due to the short distance to the busiest navigable artificial waterway in the world, the Kiel Canal, the Port of Hamburg is the ideal location for connections to the Scandinavian region and the Baltic States. The Elbe River and the Elbe-Seiten Canal ensure smooth transport of goods by river barge to the south and center of Germany as far as the Czech Republic. Alternatively, the railroad can be used at any time. The rail network is very well developed and offers connections in all directions. Germany's well-developed road network also provides this service. It makes it easy to transport goods by truck via the A7 highway to the north or south. At the same time, the A1 highway provides ideal connections to the west and east of Europe.

  • Hamburg - Europe's largest rail port

    The main advantage of the Port of Hamburg is its excellent rail connections. Around 2.000 container train connections are offered weekly to/from Hamburg to the European hinterland. To the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary, over 90 percent of shipments to and from the Port of Hamburg are carried by rail. Europe's No. 1 rail port also plays a key role in the New Silk Road to China, with 200 scheduled connections per week.

  • Port of Hamburg - Prepared for the future

    The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) manages the entire port area in Hamburg. It leases the areas and takes care of the infrastructure. This means that the HPA is responsible for the quays, roads, bridges and dredging the fairway, while approximately 1.500 companies take care of their facilities and cranes.

    The stakeholders of the Port of Hamburg are well prepared for the future. The digitalization strategy of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and the port companies gives Hamburg a leading role in various areas such as sustainability, virtual reality or drone use, both under water and in the air.

    No other port has a system like the Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC), which coordinates ship calls and advises shipping companies on how they can call at the port without any problems and still save expensive fuel. Incidentally, this also reduces CO2 emissions. The HVCC now serves as a role model for traffic control worldwide.

  • News on the topic of digitalization

    • IAPH launches Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities as part of industry call to action to digitalize the maritime transport chain
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      Digitalization

      09.20.2021

      IAPH launches Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities

      IAPH submits guidelines to IMO for consideration at the next Maritime Safety Committee in October

    • “Portathon 2021” Hackathon: a strong comeback with new partners
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      Digitalization

      08.12.2021

      “Portathon 2021” Hackathon: a strong comeback with new partners

      The “Portathon”, which has become the business card of Klaipėda technological events, will drop anchor in the port city for the third time ever in September.

    • First drone traffic system is being tested at the Port of Hamburg
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      Digitalization

      07.16.2021

      First drone traffic system is being tested at the Port of Hamburg

      Droniq and DFS develop Germany’s first drone traffic system U-Space.

    • SMM DIGITAL: Leading international maritime trade fair to stream conference programme online free of charge
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      Digitalization

      01.20.2021

      SMM DIGITAL: Leading international maritime trade fair to stream conference programme online free…

      The time has come: SMM DIGITAL is opening from 2 to 5 February 2021. Due to the current situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the…