It's always sunny in Bremerhaven!
We love Bremerhaven.
If Hamburg is Germany's maritime version of the New York Yankees, i.e. the default champion, then Bremerhaven is the Chicago Cubs, i.e. a fan favorite who always makes the match interesting and, from time to time, pulls off a stunning upset victory.
Of course, the truth is that the German North Sea ports are losing ground not to each other, but rather to Antwerp and Rotterdam. The Hanseatic cities should cooperate, like they (for the most part) used to, not view each other as competitors.
But the rivalry between Bremen and Hamburg goes back a long time.
The action is north of where I took these pictures. Most of the containers are loaded and offloaded a few miles away from where I was standing. But there is more than containers to Bremerhaven. It's a real working port, with fishery, shipbuilding and offshore.
I spotted the Paulin-B, built 1994. It used to be Russian, but is now German flagged.
How do I know?
"Bremerhaven is always good for a surprise," I like to say.