Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center

Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center

The HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center is the central, neutral, cross company coordination point for large size vessels, feeder and barges in the Port of Hamburg.Terminals and shipping companies can make use of its operational coordination service for the arrival of vessels in the port of Hamburg, rotation planning within the port and departure after handling – whether they are in charge of a ultra-large container vessel, a bulker or a cruise ship, feeder or inland vessel. The HVCC also functions as a communication interface between the Hamburg Vessel Traffic Service and the Elbe Pilots.

HVCC Project Roadmap

In addition to its original coordination and stowage planning services, the HVCC is continuously working on extensive networking in order to make port calls more efficient and thus more sustainable through digital processes. To this end, we initiate pilot projects with our partners, e.g. the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), Wärtsilä or DAKOSY. The HVCC works closely with the Hamburg Port Authority to control the inflow of seagoing vessels and uses the systemic and procedural knowledge in the cooperation with HPC Hamburg Port Consulting. We are also involved in international working groups such as the International Taskforce Port Call Optimization to address issues relating to data standards and governance.

About HVCC

There are two departments at the HVCC: The Nautical Terminal Coordination (or NTC) takes care of traffic planning for large size vessels, and the Feeder Logistics Center (or FLC) coordinates the feeder and barges within the port. HVCC brings partners and their data together. This process networking benefits all involved as it allows the waters of the river Elbe and Port of Hamburg to be used efficiently. The associated reductions in emissions and energy consumption also help to protect the environment.

Company Presentation

Aktuelle Neuigkeiten aus dem HVCC:

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Ultra-Large Vessels

The Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC) department is the Port of Hamburg’s central point of contact for the shipping companies and service providers for all matters relating to the arrival and departure of their ships, and provides them with active, round-the-clock assistance when planning their vessel’s passage to the port – long before the vessel begins making its way up the Elbe estuary.

Feeder Vessels

The Feeder Logistics Center (FLC) has a full overview of the situation within the port and is the central, round-the-clock point of contact for terminals, shipping companies, ship crews and service providers such as pilots, tugs and linesmen.


The tried-and-tested working processes used by the FLC to coordinate feeder vessels is also offered by HVCC to barge operators. This allows synergies arising from the operational interaction between feeder vessels and barges to be fully exploited for the benefit of the terminals, shipping companies and ship crews.


Both of HVCC’s operational departments use the tailor-made HVCC software for all operational processes. The dashboard offers access to an overview of all movements across an extensive period of time and geographical area and serves as a basis for planning. The resulting optimised arrival and rotation planning yields a significant reduction in the ships’ energy consumption.

The HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center is a joint venture between the two container terminal operators in the Port of Hamburg, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg GmbH (CTH).

Office Address

HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center GmbH

Container Terminal Tollerort (5. OG)

Am Vulkanhafen 30

20457 Hamburg