Tollerort Optimised for Mega-ships

The largest container ships can reach the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) more easily and will be handled by new container gantry cranes.

As of March 2017, container mega-ships have been able to reach the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) more easily after the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) expanded the turning circle in the outer port. This involved removing a four-hectare promontory from in front of the CTT and shifting one million cubic metres of earth. In addition to the ultra large container vessels that are handled at the CTT, ships that want to call at Blohm+Voss or cruise ships docking at Cruise Center III will also benefit from the expansion.

“By enlarging the turning circle, 400-metre-long ships can now call at Tollerort – the previous limit was 366 metres. In addition, the tide window has been opened further, which significantly improves the accessibility of the CTT, both from a nautical and time perspective. Our customers benefit from these two aspects just as much as we do”, said the CTT’s Managing Director, Dr. Thomas Koch. 


A large part of the excavated material that resulted from capping the northern tip of Tollerort was used to fill the remainder of the Kohlenschiffhafen. This provides both the Köhlbrandhöft waste water treatment plant and the CTT with additional space.

The first ship with a capacity of 18,000 standard containers (TEU) is expected to call at the CTT in summer 2017. The first two of a total of five new container gantry cranes are already in place at berth 5. These cranes can even efficiently handle ships in excess of 20,000 TEU.

Three identical mega-ship gantry cranes are to be assembled at the CTT from the end of March 2017. They are expected go into operation in the course of the year. The CTT has created a temporary assembly area on which to erect the new cranes.