When the biggest boxship in the entire world visits near you, it's difficult for anyone remotely interested in maritime matters to not put everything on hold and snap a few choice photos. That's precisely what we did one rainy day. All it took us was one train, a ferry and a lot of walking through mud - and then a bus and two trains to get back home. Totally worthwhile!
Of course, other large ships were also nearby, providing a sense of scale. Off the Globe's bow is the Hanjin Express (Hanjin) and off the starboard, the Ludwigshafen Express (Hapag-Lloyd).
All right, I admit, the other ships aren't small. But those extra 20-30m make all the difference.
There's a lot going on in port, in general, thanks to all the intermodal connections.
Trucks also get their fair share of the action.
It would appear that at least four gantries are assigned to the CSCL Globe, possibly even five. The ship is actually so large that it is difficult to get a good view of its entire length. The final (or final two?) gantries do not appear to be engaging in loading or offloading at this time.
The customs office (Zollamt) at Waltershof is responsible for processing vast quantities of goods. Trucks exit through this gate area once they have been cleared and duties have been paid. All of this infrastructure is tightly woven together and connected. The result is an incredibly efficient processing of in- and outgoing cargo; the port provides direct access to rail and roads.
To the left of this picture is the famous Köhlbrandbrücke. Its sweeping architectural design is a hallmark of the harbor in Hamburg. Going over it, one gains incredible views to both sides.
A lot of industry in Hamburg is hidden away from the central parts of town that are frequented by tourists, but the truth is that the support services surrounding the maritime industry require metal working, petroleum refining, bunkering, electronics, software and many other talents. All of these businesses are concentrated around the harbor, offering an impressive panorama.
Here are a few bonus pictures of the Cunard liner MS Queen Victoria:
And one which Google "auto-awesome'd" into black and white for me: