Hamburg, Germany - Container Terminal Tollerort

Hamburg's Chamber of Commerce sits in the same city block as City Hall and the main Police station.
The back doors of the 3 buldings open onto each other.
I do not believe this is a coincidence.

Hamburg is full of nifty, classic European scenes.

If the neon orange didn't alert you that this truck was on the way, the siren tipped me off to its purpose.

This is the main ferry terminal for downtown Hamburg. What a gorgeous place.

There are 2 lakes in the middle of downtown Hamburg. This is the smaller of the two,
with a cathedral in the background. Cathedrals still dominate the Hamburg skyline,
being some of the tallest buildings in town.

Hamburg City Hall. In German, the word for city hall is "rathaus". 'Nuff said.

St. Nikolai Cathedral was bombed during WWII. There's something immensely sad about a church with bulletholes in it.
Now it's a monument to world peace.

There seems to be a national agony over the Holocaust.
The bricks that this statue were sitting on are from the walls of a WWII concentration camp.

Germany has the really cool white swans that you always see in Disney movies!

This is not the main train station in town. That one's about twice this size.

This is from the Rathaus square. These are 2 of Hamburg's cathedrals.

Those two guys got lifted from the dock up to the ship by the quay crane.
That's one way to get to work (:

Everything in a container terminal is just immense in scale.

Here's a "strad" (short for "straddle carrier") delivering a 20' container to an outbound truck.
This strad is a "one over three", meaning that it can lift a container over a stack 3-high.
CTT is a strad yard, which is why all the stackg in the background are 3-high.

Mark Traynor, Navis Support Engineer, mugging for a photo on our last night in town.

We rode a ferry to dinner on the last night in town.

Jan Rauschning, Mark Traynor, and Thomas John (from left to right) working on a problem in the CTT office building.

CTT uses strads to lift from the rail, as well.

Container ships are simply massive.

strads can only "straddle" one container width at a time, which lends a very distinctive look to the stacks in a strad yard.

Thomas John and Ingmar Otto with CTT in the background.

Thomas John and Mark Traynor chat while a strad arrives at the quay crane.
The sense of scale just gets thrown off when you're looking at a container yard.

Thomas John holding up a twist-lock connector, which is how containers lock together when they're on the vessel.
Four of these, one at each corner, get removed (by hand) from the bottom of each container as it's being unloaded.

A nice view of the CTT yard.

If things are set up properly, the quay cranes can "twin lift" two 20' containers at the same time! Very cool.

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This page was created on May 28, 2001.
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