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A STUDY VISIT BY THE SEAPORTS AUTHORITY TO THE PORT OF HAMBURG

On 26-27.10.2010, a delegation of the Seaports Authority made a study visit to the Port of Hamburg. The visit aimed at examining of the activity in the largest seaport in Germany and one of the largest container ports in Europe.

Hosts delivered a detailed presentation on the port management model implemented in Hamburg, methods for implementing and financing investment and development plans for the upcoming period.
Like the Port of Szczecin, the Port of Hamburg is situated inside a city. This has major impact on its development capacity. While being a part of a city, the Port needs to plan its future development to avoid conflicts with the urban growth.
During a cruise around the port visitors could see an interface between the old and the modern parts of the port.
At the moment, port activities are frequently shifted to new areas. In Szczecin, old port land at Łasztownia and the Old Town step by step attracts city functions. This happens in many port cities in Europe and previous port land is used for urban development and port investment is implemented in industrial areas where investors may enjoy virtually unlimited possibilities for development.
During their stay in Hamburg, representatives of the Seaports Authority visited the world most modern container terminal operated by Hamburger Hafen und Logistyk AG (HHLA). In 2008, the terminal handled 7.3 million TEU. In the nearest future the operator plans to reach the level of 12 million TEU.
             The Port of Hamburg enjoys excellent location between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The access to the North Sea is provided via the Elbe River (115 km from port to open sea) and the Elbe-Lübeck canal provided inland connection from Hamburg to the Baltic Sea.
The area of the Port of Hamburg is 7,250 ha, 4,331 ha of which is land. The Hamburg Port cooperates with other ports on the Elbe River (Cuxhaven, Brunsbuttel, and Gluckstadt) and Baltic ports (Lübeck and Kiel).
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) was established in 2005 as a result of a merger involving several port organisations. This led to creating one entity responsible for planning, development, navigation, safety and management of port infrastructure. An important function of the HPA is defining transparent rules concerning port charges and investment outlays. Until 2015, the Port Authority intends to invest EUR2.9 billion in port infrastructure.

Wojciech Sobecki
Spokesperson

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