"Welcome to Hamburg, we look forward to welcoming you to the Port of Hamburg." You have to have some luck (or patience) to hear this greeting from incoming ships. Larger ships are so welcomed. For this purpose, the respective national anthem is played.
But you can also just sit on the pontoon and look at the Elbe. It's always worth it ...!
October 20, 2017
Welcome Höft - Schiffsbegrüßungsanlage
In June 1952, the welcome of a ship across the Elbe was heard for the first time by "Willkomm-Höft": "Welcome to Hamburg, we look forward to welcoming you to the Port of Hamburg". Since that day, several hundred thousand ships of more than 1,000 have arrived Grosstonns from all over the world at the "Willkomm-Höft" in the nautical charts noted as a welcome point, greeted and adopted with your national anthem. What seems so natural and simple to outsiders required a comprehensive and lengthy exact planning. Over 150 national anthems were recorded and the welcome text was recorded in the respective national language.
The welcome captains in the command center provide the FÄHRHAUS guests with a variety of information about the ship via the loudspeaker, which has just been welcomed or said goodbye. Over 17,000 index cards and the daily port report are their main sources of information. Any change, be it a change of owner, the conversion or a new use of a ship, is corrected immediately. From 11:30 am to sundown, the headquarters is staffed by a guard with special skills.
The fully automated 40 m high steel mast is showing the flag of Hamburg, the flag of the Federal Republic of Germany, the flag of Schleswig-Holstein and the signal flag UW (we wish you a pleasant journey).
Welcome-Höft is daily, i. within 24 hours, an average of more than 50 ships, regardless of working day or Sunday, weather or season. These include only the fully "salute" ships, so with more than 1,000 GT on overseas navigation. Smaller ships may only be visually greeted by dipping the flag.
March 1, 2019
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