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. Across Germany, the Port of Hamburg generates more than 600,000 jobs and the port dependent economy contributes a gross value added of 50.8 billion euros.

    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

    • Automation of hinterland processes: HHLA and Fraunhofer CML start IHATEC project
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      30 Sep 2022

      HHLA and Fraunhofer CML start IHATEC project

      The partners are researching the automation of pin handling in rail processing by means of mobile robotics.

    • New chainPORT Member Tanger Med Welcomes Partner Ports
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      09 Sep 2022

      New chainPORT Member Tanger Med Welcomes Partner Ports

      The ports of Singapore,Hamburg,Rotterdam,Antwerp,Barcelona,Gothenburg and Montreal came together at Tanger Med.

    • Hapag-Lloyd first mover in equipping all containers with real-time tracking devices
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      26 Apr 2022

      Hapag-Lloyd first mover in equipping all containers with real-time tracking devices

      Hapag-Lloyd will equip its entire container fleet with real-time tracking devices.

    • SMM 2022: The Next Phase Of The Digital Transformation
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      Digitalization

      31 Mar 2022

      SMM 2022:The Next Phase Of The Digital Transformation

      From ship design to ship management,and from the bridge to the engine room and the cargo hold,digitalisation has entered all aspects of ship operation.

    • Digital revolution in rail freight transport: Test train starts journey through Europe
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      21 Jan 2022

      Digital revolution in rail freight transport:Test train starts journey through Europe

      The freight train of the future starts its test run through Germany and neighbouring countries

    • HPA and DAKOSY receive funding for digital test bed at Port of Hamburg
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      17 Jan 2022

      HPA and DAKOSY receive funding for digital test bed at Port of Hamburg

      The Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) will fund the construction of a digital test bed at the Port of Hamburg with just under 15 million euros.

    • HHLA Sky and the HPA form technology partnership at the Port of Hamburg
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      14 Jan 2022

      HHLA Sky and the HPA form technology partnership at the Port of Hamburg

      HHLA Sky,a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG,and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have agreed to a comprehensive technology partnership.

    • Designing the future of our customers’ supply chains with carbon-neutral methanol vessels
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      10 Dec 2021

      Designing the future of our customers’ supply chains with carbon-neutral methanol vessels

      Maersk introduces the design of eight groundbreaking and industry-leading 16,0 TEU container vessels powered by carbon-neutral methanol.

    • Successful trial of Germany's first traffic system for drones - U-Space
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      08 Dec 2021

      Successful trial of Germany's first traffic system for drones - U-Space

      Droniq and the DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung) have submitted their findings from Germany's first U-Space sandbox trials to the German Ministry of Transport (BMVI)

    • Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2021: sparks innovation through collaboration
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      03 Dec 2021

      Smart Ports:Piers of the Future 2021:sparks innovation through collaboration

      • The two-day event Smart Ports:Piers of the Future led by the Port of Barcelona returned on 16 and 17 November 2021,featuring some of…

    • World premiere at the Unikai terminal in Hamburg: digital vehicle handover inspections facilitated by automated carpodX system
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      28 Oct 2021

      World premiere at the Unikai terminal in Hamburg:digital vehicle handover inspections facilitated by automated carpodX system

      The Port of Hamburg is the first in the world to use the technical innovation carpodX for vehicle inspection.

    • 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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      20 Sep 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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      12 Aug 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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      16 Jul 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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      20 Jan 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…