Land test sites for innovative solutions in the port.

Space for land-based experimentation, trial & error

Maritime does not mean focusing exclusively on water. With its diverse infrastructure, the Port of Hamburg proves that there is also a lot going on by rail and road. New solutions, for example in the field of mobility or logistics, are of great importance with increasing traffic volumes in order to be able to guarantee an efficient flow of goods.

Openness and industry focus

From autonomous delivery robots to AI-assisted damage detection

The Port of Hamburg is a smartPORT and a port of innovation. Here, we want to give innovators and fresh new ideas a space to evaluate solutions in a real environment. Whether autonomous delivery robots or self-driving e-scooters, teleoperating trucks or drones from the 3D printer – at homePORT you have the opportunity to realize your ideas and test them in a productive way. We are convinced that interdisciplinarity is especially important nowadays. That’s why at homePORT your industrial innovations from the logistics, maritime and other technical sectors will be promoted through collaboration with network partners, prototyping in the Makerspace and testing under real conditions. Progressive technology companies can carry out the tests on the following land test areas.

Central test areas at the southern exit of the old Elbe tunnel

The central location and nucleus of homePORT is currently being realized on the lower third of the parking lot at Blohm+Voss. This is where a container campus and the heart of homePORT with open garages (Makerspace) and workshop and seminar rooms is being built. On a total of just about 3000 m², primarily free parking spaces are available here as a test area for interested parties.

Download the area map here (GER):

Test areas at Cruise Center Steinwerder

In cooperation with Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH (CGH), we are pleased to present you not only our test area at Hermann-Blohm-Straße but also a wide range of possibilities at Cruise Center Steinwerder.

Details of the test areas at Cruise Center Steinwerder

At the Cruise Center Steinwerder you expect extensive test spaces with great harbor flair.

The test field A of the Cruise Center Steinwerder is located in the front area and covers about 1000 m². The area otherwise used as a bus parking lot has various street lamps in the peripheral areas, so that the area can also be fully illuminated. The area is also only partially rentable and even to be blocked off.

The test field B is located in the rear area of the cruise terminal and also covers about 1000 m². The test area is located directly next to the departure hall and separated from the pier on the water side by a fence.

In addition, an off-road test area of about 750 m² is available for special test requirements. In the background, the terminal cranes from Tollerort provide the appropriate backdrop.

In addition to the outdoor test areas, the terminal also offers the possibility to use the arrival and departure halls (Terminal 1 + 2). For prototype tests, the indoor terminal 1 is particularly recommended, among other things due to rolling gates and barely any permanently installed furniture. Electricity, restroom facilities and additional storage space for equipment are also available.

Last but not least, at Cruise Center Steinwerder we also have the so-called water test space “Kronprinzkai”, which can be offered for waterside tests. It is accessible via the corresponding pier.

Download the area map here (GER):


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    Marius Eschen

    Product Lead homePORT & Head of New Business Development @ HPA