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The use of the Köhlbrand Bridge is not considered to be economical beyond the year 2030. Furthermore, the bridge, which was opened in 1974, has a clearance height of 53 metres and is thus no longer adequate for the expected sizes of container ships in the future. In 2017, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) therefore began preliminary considerations of a new Köhlbrand crossing.
The process is deliberately designed to be open to all solutions. A multi-level feasibility study is examining the basic need for a tunnel solution on the one hand or a new bridge on the other in order to cross the Köhlbrand. As a first interim result shows, both solutions would be technically feasible.
Based on these completed studies, considerations will be given to issues such as the dimensioning and route of the infrastructure development. Reliable results which will make a fundamental evaluation possible are expected at the end of 2018. Statements can therefore not yet be made at this point in time regarding the time schedule and budget for the New Köhlbrand Crossing.
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On March 15, 2018 at 4am, the 'CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY' arrived in the port - the biggest containership to ever visit the Port of Hamburg.
Name: CMA CGM Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Shipping company: CMA CGM, Marseille
Year of manufacture: 2018
Capacity: 20,776 TEU
The CMA CGM ST EXUPERY is the biggest containership under the French flag. It's been used for the route between Asia and Europe since February 6, 2018. With its 20,776 TEU it belongs to the mega-carriers. In fact, all containers strung together would make a distance of 125 km. At the HHLA container terminal Burchardkai the containership will unload about 7,000 TEU and load about 4,500 TEU in no time.
You can watch some moving images of this special arrival in our highly topical smartPORT TV episode here.