Germany's Hamburg Port Authority has concluded its Vorhafen harbour modernisation project on schedule, which was carried out to make additional room through the entrance of the basin.
The Vorhafen harbour basin offers access to the cargo terminals in Steinwerder area of the port, and previously allowed ships with a maximum width of 370m to enter and leave the basin.
The newly completed upgrade was known as ‘Redesigning the Entrance to the Vorhafen Harbour Basin’, and will permit vessels beams of up to 400m to move through the passage.
Upgrade works were completed in three construction phases, and the finished development will enable the Vorhafen basin to provide additional space to both container ships and cruise ships visiting the Hamburg Port.
Hamburg Port Authority management board chairman Jens Meier said: “The widened Vorhafen basin entrance has made vessel traffic management more efficient, easier to plan and safer.
“With the now-optimised waterside access, we have added another important piece to the port’s infrastructure that will further increase the competitive edge of the Port of Hamburg and benefit both container shipping and cruise shipping.”
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The Tollerort area has been increased as part of the upgrade in order to allow inbound and outbound ships to stay for longer period. The increased area will also provide additional manoeuvring space for larger vessels.
The upgrade has also enabled cruise ships with a beam of 40m to berth at the Cruise Centre Altona, as well as delivering extra waiting berths for feeders.
It will also help reduce vessel movements in the Cruise Centre Altona section of the port.
Image: A vessel at Hamburg Port, Germany. Photo: courtesy of Hafen Hamburg Marketing E.V.