Hamburg News: Tourism - one of the highlight events: the event Blue Port is shown with Elbphilharmonie during night time.
Hafengeburtstag Auslaufparade © / Andreas Vallbracht

World's biggest port festival getting underway

Visitor numbers likely to top 1 million mark - over 300 vessels expected

The four-day, 829th Port Anniversary celebrations get underway Thursday (May 10-13, 2018) in Hamburg. Thanks to the bank holiday on May 10, this year’s celebrations are lasting a day longer. More 1 million visitors from Germany and abroad are expected at the spectacular events with over 300 vessels.

Central to the events are the waterborne programme on the Elbe at the landing bridges, in the Museumshafen Ovelgönne and in the Hafencity. This year’s highlights include the entry and exit parade, the AIDA fireworks and a live performance by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra from the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall at 8 pm on May 10, 2018. The concert will be screened outside on “Platz der Deutschen Einheit” near the Elbphilharmonie. The programme also features several live-acts and concerts as well as over 200 maritime, cultural and gastronomic highlights on-shore.

Traditional culture and inventive modernity

On May 7, 1189, Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa issued a charter to the people of Hamburg, giving ships navigating the Elbe to the North Sea duty-free status. This year marks the 829th anniversary of the birth of the Port of Hamburg. Tradition now goes hand hand with cutting-edge developments amid the onset of digitalisation.

The changes at the port are illustrated by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG’s (HHLA) use of container transporters powered by lithium-ion batteries to move containers at HHLA Container Terminal Alternwerder (CTA) between ships and the yard in future. The use of green energy prevents any CO2, nitric oxide or particulate matter from being emitted.

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