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Hamburg celebrating 50th anniversary of container handling in port

Exhibited container highlights changes since May 1968

The Port of Hamburg is gearing up to celebrate 50 years of container ship handling since the arrival of the “American Lancer” in May 1968. The ship marked the start of successful container ships, which have transformed maritime transport and world trade. A container will go on show during the upcoming Port Anniversary Celebrations (May 10-12, 2018) and a new online web site will be launched allowing visitors to experience this change. For many, container ships are a pillar of globalisation in the 21st century.

Event container and new web site

An event container designed by Port of Hamburg Marketing with displays and film footage will give visitors insight into the exciting development of containerization in the Hanseatic city. The 20-foot container will show how coffee and bananas, for instance, arrived in Hamburg. The new web site will give viewers glimpses of Hamburg’s container story and tell many interesting tales complemented by historic and recent film footage, photographs and many spectacular facts and figures.

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Port of Hamburg

Around 9,000 ship calls every year, almost 300 berths and a total of 43 kilometers of quay for seagoing vessels, more than 2,300 freight trains per week, four state-of-the-art container terminals, three cruise terminals and around 50 facilities specialized in handling roro and breakbulk and all kinds of bulk cargoes, along with about 7,300 logistics companies within the city limits – these are just a few of the factors making the Port of Hamburg one of the world’s most flexible, high-performance universal ports. Around 136.5 million tons of cargo crossed the quay walls of Germany’s largest seaport in 2017. That included around 8.8 million standard containers (TEU). Hamburg is Europe’s third largest container port and ranks 18th place on the list of the world’s largest container ports. More information can be found on:

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