Blue Hamburg and cultural regeneration

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Hamburg will be celebrating its 828th port anniversary in May 2017 along with Hamburg Cruise Days in September.

The port and its iconic buildings will be entirely lit in shades of the colour blue by light artist Michael Batz on September 8th-10th 2017.

The port has three cruise terminals and around 50 facilities specialised in handling roro and breakbulk along with 7,300 logistics companies within the city limits. It is one of the most highly flexible and high-performance universal ports. 137.8 million tons of cargo crossed the quay walls in 2015. It is the third largest container port in Europe, and just under 2,000 freight trains use the port per week. Cisco has been improving traffic issues in Hamburg. The city and port needed a reliable secure and integrated fibre-optic backbone and there are now 300 sensors in place for roadways, bridges and for incoming ship traffic.

A new cultural and residential centre in the historic port, the Elbphilharmonie combines innovative architecture with an impres