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Countdown to Hamburg Port Anniversary 2017

Preparations for this year’s 828th Port Anniversary Celebrations are going full speed ahead with over 300 vessels expected in Hamburg and around 200 events on the agenda. Many leading economic figures and firms in Hamburg are seizing the international and cultural opportunity offered by one of the biggest harbour fests worldwide.

Logistics sector at celebrations

Occupation and career prospects in the harbour and logistics sector will be presented in a special, 40-foot purpose-built container during the Port Anniversary celebrations from May 5-7, 2017. Around 130,000 employees work in jobs linked directly or indirectly to the harbour and logistics sector making it a key employer in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The sector offers many diverse professions. Ingo Egloff, a Board Member of Hafen Hamburg Marketing e. V., said: “We will be promoting work in the port and logistics under the theme ‘Hamburg – Your Port’ and seek direct contact to interested people who want information about the port and logistics location during the world’s biggest harbour festival.”

Economic exchange with France – partner country

France is to this year’s guest country and will be represented by the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire – “Gate to Brittany”. French cuisine, exhibitions of works by French artists and events will be presented on a 1,500 square metre stand. Around 40 companies based in Nantes will be arriving in Hamburg for the highly anticipated celebrations. The choice of Nantes as this year’s honorary guest is by no means coincidental. Both cities have many bilateral links and have worked closely for many years across various sectors.

Hamburg is Germany’s biggest maritime port while Nantes is the leading harbour on France’s Atlantic Coast. Similar challenges such as digitalisation and optimising the flow of traffic are forward-looking tasks for both ports. As an innovative logistics operator, the “Terminal du Grand Ouest“ will present a platform for collaboration and explain how to make the flow of containers smoother and far more effective.

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