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.

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

Ultra-Large Vessels

The number of ultra large vessels calling at the Port of Hamburg has been on the increase for years. They include not only container ships, but also bulkers and cruise ships. These vessels are more than 330 metres long and/or over 45 metres wide. 

Feeder Vessels

Since 2004, the Feeder Logistics Center (FLC), a department of the HVCC, has been coordinating feeder vessels rotation around the Port of Hamburg. 


The work processes that have proven their worth in the FLC’s feeder coordination activities are also offered by the HVCC to barge operators. The aim is to improve the coordination of arrivals, increase the quality of handling operations at Hamburg’s container terminals and ensure reliable rotation for barges around the Port of Hamburg. 


HVCC uses customised software to provide optimal coordination for its partners. This system continuously updates ship movements in Northern Europe and coordinates them dynamically with traffic conditions on the river Elbe and within the port.

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