The Port of
Hamburg is implementing a time slot-booking system for handling
container delivery and collections by truck in its efforts to mitigate the
impact of increasing mega-ship calls. Hamburg is the first port in Germany to
implement such a system to optimize truck handling. Up to now, ports in the USA
especially, and also a few terminals in Europe, Far East and Australia, offer a
With the introduction of this system in
Hamburg, and with immediate effect all haulage contractors for container
deliveries and collections at HHLA Container Terminals Burchardkai, Altenwerder
and Tollerort as well as Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg, must agree a time
window. The trucking planners notify the requested transport time via an EDI
interface or slot-booking website to the relevant terminal. If there is enough
capacity at the time given - the slot can be booked for the truck.
Each time slot lasts one hour, within which the truck is handled with maximum
priority at the container terminal. If the driver misses this slot then he is
handled with lower priority, provided there is capacity at the terminal. If the
driver comes much later, the slot is lost and he must make a new booking.
Hamburg’s slot-booking system is structured so as to offer truckers the highest
possible flexibility. Slot cancellations, rebookings or exchanges and
additional bookings are possible by agreement with the terminal.
Due to increasing vessels size, large containerships with capacities of over
20,000 TEU call at the Port of Hamburg. This could mean that up to 14,500 TEU
are handled in one ship call. This leads to container transport peaks to and
from and around the Port of Hamburg. The new slot-booking system should relieve
these peaks and spread the truck handling load equally. The aim is to reduce
waiting time for trucks and to offer the haulage companies standardized processes
at all container terminals and homogeneous information exchange. At the same
time the capacity of the terminals is to be increased by optimal use of
resources and available infrastructure. The time slot-booking system
facilitates transparency and makes planning easier for all those involved in
the Port of Hamburg.