Universal Port Hamburg
The Universal Port of Hamburg – Gateway to the World
The Port of Hamburg’s geographical location and very good performance make it Germany’s leading foreign trade hub. As the Federal Republic’s largest universal port, Hamburg is of vital importance for supplies to European domestic markets with a consumer population of up to 450 million. The cutting-edge technology of its cargo handling facilities and data communications systems, its efficient transport infrastructure and its excellent feeder and hinterland links create the essential conditions for exchanging goods with worldwide trading partners. The port also discharges a crucial function in supply and waste disposal logistics for industry in Hamburg and the Metropolitan Region.
Hamburg’s facilities can clear ships of all types and handle goods of almost all categories. Besides the container terminals, there are multi-purpose terminals for loading heavy cargoes, conventional general cargoes and project shipments, while others handle grab, suction and liquid cargoes.
The universal port annually generates added value totalling around 20 billion euros throughout the country. More than 260,000 jobs in Germany are related to the Port of Hamburg.
The Port of Hamburg becomes a smartPORT
Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has set itself the aim of developing the Port of Hamburg into a smartPORT in the next few years. ‘Smart’ stands for intelligent information exchange to increase the quality and efficiency of the port as an important link in the supply chain. It also means the port’s dependence on conventionally produced power will be reduced by using renewable energy. Under the smartPORT umbrella, HPA has initially established two major cornerstones: smartPORT logistics and smart PORT energy. smartPORT logistics calls for intelligent solutions for flows of traffic and cargo in the Port of Hamburg from both commercial and ecological standpoints. HPA has initiated smartPORT energy together with the Hamburg ministry for urban development and environment and the ministry of transport, innovation and technology. The aim is energy-related reorientation of the Port of Hamburg above and beyond the borders of HPA.
PRISE optimises the management of arrivals and departures of large ships
Due to the sustained growth in container handling, ever increasing numbers of ever-larger vessels must be processed at the Port of Hamburg and on the Elbe river in ever-decreasing time spans. Coping with the increasing complexity in the planning and execution of these operations calls for an acceleration in the exchange of information between all parties involved. With the Port River Information System Elbe (PRISE), the Port of Hamburg has implemented an information platform that is unique worldwide. The system was commissioned in March 2014. PRISE collates all the information pertaining to ship arrivals and departures that is generated by the various parties involved: the terminals, pilots, shipping companies, tugboats, mooring services and the Port Authority. This information includes details of berth scheduling and registration at the terminals, status information relating to ships’ current positions on the river Elbe from “German Bight” right through to docking, the ETA ships’ lists of the pilots, status reports from tugboats and mooring services, as well as the water level predictions issued by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). In addition, PRISE generates an overview of ship passings where any impending problematic encounters between large ships are highlighted visually, with suggested changes to departure or arrival times displayed on screen.