The HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center is expanding its range of services. Alongside mega-ship and feeder traffi c, it has also been coordinating the inland vessels that call at the Port of Hamburg since June 2016. Its fi rst customer is shipping company Börde Container Feeder (BCF).
On behalf of BCF, the HVCC coordinates all of the company’s vessels that call at the Port of Hamburg. To enable it to do this, BCF sends the preliminary circuit planning for all of the container terminals to the HVCC. The HVCC staff agree with the terminals on the actual times and departures and send this information back to BCF. When there are changes to planned departures, the HVCC handles the necessary communication with all those involved, who benefi t from having just one central contact for all operational issues. They also receive better prepared and more transparent information than before. BCF and HVCC have been testing their cooperation in a trial phase since November 2015, and regular operations have been under way since 1 June 2016. Ships belonging to BCF make around 70 calls per month at the terminals in Hamburg.
The HVCC comprises the Feeder Logistics Center (FLC) and Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC) departments. The FLC has been coordinating feeder ship calls since 2004 and is the central point of contact for shipping companies and terminal operators in this respect. The NTC commenced its service in 2014 and ensures the effi cient coordination of mega-ship calls – no matter whether they are container ships, cruise ships or bulk carriers. Inland shipping means that a third area of activity has now been added. The HVCC is a joint venture between the two terminal operators Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg GmbH.
Heinrich Goller, Managing Director of the HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center, on working together with BCF, said: “By coordinating mega-ship and feeder traffi c, we have created a unique selling point for the Port of Hamburg. And the fact that we are now making this service available to inland waterway shipping companies is a logical and sensible next step. All of those involved receive more information in a transparent manner. I am delighted that we have identifi ed the mutual benefi ts by way of a very intensive process of exchange with BCF. Working together like this, we benefi t from the experience we have gained in coordinating mega-ship and, in particular, feeder ship calls, and from the synergies that arise from coordinating vessels of different sizes.”
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Reliable ship arrivals, more efficient ship handling and port logistics, as well as reduced fuel consumption and emissions – these are the aims of a joint digitalisation project between HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center, the maritime technology company Wärtsilä and the cruise group Carnival.
The Port of Hamburg is not only the largest seaport in Germany – it is also the second-largest inland port. Around 10,000 inland waterway vessels call each year the handling facilities of the Elbe metropolis. The Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) is now developing a digital platform specifically for inland waterway vessels that will allow ship calls to be coordinated centrally in the future.
Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) and tug shipping company Kotug Smit Towage will in future work closely together at the Port of Hamburg in order to coordinate preliminary planning for ship calls and departures, and the associated tug services. This step will further optimise the efficiency and quality of ship handling in the Port of Hamburg.