Cargo transport via inland waterways is one of the strengths of Germany’s biggest seaport. Along with feeder, truck and rail connections, inland waterways provide an attractive alternative for transporting bulk and dangerous cargo, and increasingly for containers, as well.
Growing Hinterland Connections
Each year, some 10,000 inland waterway vessel call at Hamburg, where some ten million tonnes of cargo are being carried by barges to Hamburg’s hinterland. Along the Lower Elbe river, barges call at ports like Brunsbüttel, Cuxhaven and Glückstadt. The Elbe Lateral Canal and the connection via the Midland Canal to cities like Brunswick, Haldersleben, and Hanover, as well as the Kiel Canal, are also very important for the Port of Hamburg’s barge traffic. Last but not least, cargo is also regularly transported to Berlin by way of inland waterways. Furthermore, barges play an increasingly important role in transporting cargo within the Port of Hamburg itself.
To speed up transmodal transhipment and the handling by barges, the Hamburg Port Auhtority set up a new harbour map. Fully digitalised, it provides a quick overview of all berths for inland barges. In addition, also all contacts at the Upper Harbour Master’s Office have been listed there. To view the map, please take a look at PDA’s website. By 15 April 2015, new digital forms will be introduced to make the notification procedures for arriving and departing inland barges significantly faster. The new forms can also be used by cargo ships and passenger ships engaged in international navigation. The new notification procedures have been tested since August by selected companies. Their suggestions have been considered in today’s new notification procedures.