The Port of Hamburg is conveniently located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. It is easy to access from the North Sea via the Elbe River. Only about 115 kilometres or 70 sea miles separate the city from the river mouth. The Elbeseitenkanal and the Midland Canal provide connections to the hinterland. Furthermore, the Elbe-Lübeck Canal provides an inland waterway from Hamburg to the Baltic Sea.
The Port of Hamburg is an all-round port. It can handle every kind of goods.Along with its container terminals, the port has multi-purpose terminals that can also handle heavy lifts, conventional cargo, and so-called project cargo. In addition to general cargo, bulk cargo makes up an important part of the port’s business.Dry and liquid cargo is handled at bulk cargo terminals using grabs, suction equipment, conveyors, or facilities for liquids. Around 25 percent of the goods handled in the Port of Hamburg have their origin or destination in the greater Hamburg area, giving the port a high proportion of local cargo.
The port has always been extremely important for ocean shipping. It is not only the largest German seaport, but also the second largest container port in Europe. Hamburg ranks eleventh among the world’s largest container ports.
After breaking the towage monopoly in the Rotterdam harbour, KOTUG - supported by its clients - achieved the same in the port of Hamburg in 1996. From its operational office at the Grosse Elbstrasse in Hamburg our modern rotortugs and tractortugs serves the area around Hamburg.