Pictures of the year

The terminals and companies of the HHLA Group are spread throughout Europe, from the Black Sea to the North Sea. What they achieve is astounding. See for yourself!

Holding position

Hundreds of motor vehicles from a variety of manufacturers are waiting for ship transport at O’Swaldkai. On the roughly 75 hectares of land, not only family cars, luxury vehicles and agricultural machinery but also tropical fruits like bananas and oranges, are loaded 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Project cargo, heavy goods and forestry products also play an important role.

Engine power

At HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort, the smallest container terminal by area in the Port of Hamburg, 14 container gantry cranes unload post-Panamax freighters. Container ships with a draught of up to 15 metres can moor here.

Baltic region

In the Estonian harbour of Muuga, close to the capital Tallinn, HHLA operates a multifunction terminal and facilities for container handling. HHLA TK Estonia is the clear market leader in container handling in Estonia, and is also one of the largest players in the Baltic region when it comes to break bulk, bulk and rolling cargo.

Black Sea

For years, HHLA has operated the biggest and most cutting-edge terminal in the Port of Odessa. It can handle the largest ships sailing in the Black Sea with a capacity of up to 10,000 standard containers. And traffic and loading volumes are increasing, as Odessa becomes the maritime gateway to Ukraine.

European network

The HHLA rail subsidiary Metrans, headquartered in Prague, connects Hamburg and other international ports on the North Sea and the Adriatic with the fast-growing economic regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe via a dense network of terminals. The density, frequency and reliability of the connections are the hallmarks of a quality rail transport service that is both economically and ecologically attractive.


HHLA subsidiary Container-Transport-Dienst (CTD) specialises in container trucking. CTD is the market leader in port transshipments in Hamburg. CTD also transports containers throughout Germany and Europe. This is usually purely truck transport, but some stretches are covered by inland waterway ships, or trains.

Excellent connections

With a network of modern rail terminals for container handling in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany, HHLA subsidiary Metrans offers comprehensive just-in-time solutions for intermodal land and rail transport. A Metrans fleet of 85 shunters and locomotives and 2,800 container wagons is active across Europe.

Bulk handling

Hansaport is Germany’s biggest seaport terminal for bulk cargo. Huge gantry grab cranes discharge coal and ore – and the process is largely automated. This makes up 10 percent of the Port of Hamburg’s container handling each year. On the quay, which is more than 1,000 metres long, the cranes discharge up to 110,000 tonnes in 24 hours, depending on the size of the ship and the kind of goods.


HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder is considered to be a state-of-the-art facility across the globe. The youngest HHLA terminal in the Port of Hamburg has not only set the standard for container handling with its high degree of automation, it is also the world’s first certified climate-neutral container terminal.

Front runner

In 1968, HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai handled the first container ship in the Port of Hamburg. Today, 30 container gantry cranes load and discharge around the clock. The state-of-the-art tandem container gantry cranes can handle two 40-foot or four 20-foot containers simultaneously.

Going it alone

For the Hamburg TruckPilot project, truck manufacturer MAN has partnered with HHLA to test autonomous trucks in real-life scenarios. They are using HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) as a testing ground. The prototypes should, in the near future, be loaded and unloaded fully automatically and without a driver.

Historic ensemble

The Hamburg Speicherstadt is the biggest historical warehouse district in the world, and for a few years now it has also been a UNESCO World Heri tage site. HHLA Real Estate develops, manages and rents out buildings and sites according to the needs of its customers. HHLA Real Estate also offers equally broad expert ise in logistics areas, modern warehouses and commercial spaces in and around the Port of Hamburg.