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The Port of Hamburg is among Europe's most flexible and top performing universal ports. Besides the high quality and speed of its cargo handling and its outstanding links with its hinterland, the Port of Hamburg is especially notable for the varied range of logistics services for imported and exported goods of all types. The numerous different port service providers in Hamburg and the Metropolitan Region ensure smooth cargo handling on the water, along the quays and elsewhere in the port by day and by night. This range is supplemented by tailormade solutions in the legal, insurance and finance areas.



Port of Hamburg: FAQ to Peter Pickhuben

    Frequently asked questions to Peter Pickhuben

  • What does FCL mean?

    FCL is the abbreviation for “full container load” and designates the transport of a packed container from the consignor to the consignee (door-to-door transport).

    The forwarder hands fully loaded container over to the carrier. When the container arrives at the port of arrival it is passed on to the forwarder there.

  • What does LCL mean?

    LCL is the abbreviation for “less than full container load.” Cargo from various consignors is consolidated into one container.

    The forwarder delivers his goods to the carrier. In a container freight station the cargo is packed into containers together with freight from other forwarders (stuffing).

    In the port of arrival the containers are stripped in the local container freight station and the goods are shipped to their individual destinations.

  • Where can I buy used containers?

    You can find suppliers here.

  • What are warehouse keepers?

    Warehouse keepers were responsible for examining and sorting goods like coffee, tea and spices in the historical warehouses (“Speicherstadt”). They arranged for professional warehousing and ensured that the goods retained their quality.

    Container transport and the new requirements of modern logistics have re-defined the job requirements, so the warehouse keepers have been replaced by maritime cargo supervisors and specialists for port logistics. The last warehouse keepers left the “Speicherstadt” about five years ago. The warehouse keepers worked in teams of four. A leader gave the company its name and the others were underwriters.

  • What is a Jacob’s ladder?

    A Jacob’s ladder is made up of wooden rungs and ropes. It is a roll-up ladder that hangs freely down the side of the vessel and is used for example by a pilot to board the ship.

  • 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.

  • What is a “fastmoker”?

    A “fastmoker” (belayer) moors a ship to bollards on the quay or to dolphins. The ship’s mooring lines are handled from the towing boat or from the quay wall.

  • 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 “Loco” mean?

    “Loco” refers to the part of the cargo traffic that has its destination in the area around the port. It is not transported to the hinterland.