HHLA Sky and HPA form technology partnership in port

Co-operation agreed on use of automated drones
20 January 2022
HHLA Sky's control centre

HHLA Sky, a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have agreed on a partnership that foresees the use of automated drones in the Port of Hamburg, a press release said Thursday (January 13, 2022). The technology should help find promising solutions for logistical, sensory or co-ordinative processes.

Rapid response to emergencies 

Jens Meier, CEO of HPA, noted: “In the event of storm surges, accidents or other unforeseeable disruptions, flying, floating or self-driving robots can be on-site considerably faster and provide high-resolution videos and pictures for an exact overview of the situation. The time saved can be decisive in an emergency. Furthermore, they make the maintenance and expansion of the port infrastructure significantly more efficient, for example, in the case of facilities that are difficult, time-consuming or dangerous to reach.”

Raising efficiency 

HHLA Sky has developed a control centre to operate and monitor drones, and has launched its system on the global market. It connects various HPA applications within the scope of the partnership to streamline processes that were previously labour-intensive and raises the operating efficiency. “Our solution will display and control all associated processes in a safe and understandable manner,” said Matthias Gronstedt, Managing Director of HHLA Sky. HPA can also collect very different kinds of data using mobile teleoperated sensors. The analysis can help use resources optimally, he added. Phanthian Zuesongdham, Head of Division Port Process Solutions at the HPA, expounded: “The next phase of product development for our new ‘drones as a service’ product will be launched with this partnership. We will begin pilot operations this year."


Founded as a start-up by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), HHLA Sky automates the worldwide industrial use of autonomous aircraft and vehicles. HHLA Sky's integrated control center consist of sophisticated software that forms a logical unit with autonomous aircraft or vehicles.