Freight News, Sea

Double Christening in the Port of Hamburg

[ October 8, 2021   //   ]

The Mayor of the City of Dresden Annekatrin Klepsch and Prague’s City Councillor for Culture Hana Třeštíková christened the new fire boats “Dresden” and “Prag” last week.

The two new fire boats of the Flotte Hamburg were ceremonially christened “Dresden” and “Prag” on September 23 by their two sponsors, Dresden’s Second Mayor Annekatrin Klepsch and Prague’s City Councillor for Culture Hana Třeštíková. In the presence of Hamburg’s First Mayor Dr Peter Tschentscher and CEO of Hamburg Port Authority Jens Meier, the ships then went on a short sea trial in the Port of Hamburg.

“The new fire boats ‘Prag’ and ‘Dresden’ ensure safety in the port and can run emission-free with their plug-in hybrid drives,” said Mayor Dr Peter Tschentscher. “ The sponsorship of our twin cities is an expression of our friendship and good cooperation with a wide range of relationships in business and administration, in education and science, in art and culture. The names and sponsorships of the new fire boats are a strong sign of Hamburg’s good relations with our partners on the Elbe and Moldova.”

Hamburg maintains special relations with nine twin cities: Chicago, Dar es Salaam, Dresden, Léon, Marseille, Osaka, Prague, Shanghai and St. Petersburg. For over 30 years, the twin cities of Prague and Dresden have had close ties with Hamburg. Logistically, the Port of Hamburg is of great importance for Prague and Dresden: Hamburg is the overseas gateway for the Saxon-Czech economic area. In addition, Port of Hamburg Marketing has had its own representative office in Prague since 1990 – more than half of Czech container traffic is handled via Hamburg.