Category Archives: Port Cities

Buildings and Architecture of Harvard Business School (HBS)

Enjoying the great architecture of the Harvard Business School (HBS) campus in Boston. A soothing way to relax between classes and homework while walking down memory lane of American and international business history, and much more…

Harvard Business School: Educating Leaders Who Make a Difference in the World.

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Harvard Business School, entrance sign on Gordon Road. Established in 1908. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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The iconic Baker Building with the main library and professors’ offices. Formally known as the Baker Library / Bloomberg Center. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Inés’ by Jaume Plensa, 2013 located at the Aldrich Lawn. (Harvard Business School Announces Public Art Installations, June 2016). Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Aldrich Hall (where most classes are held). Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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MBA Class of 1959 Chapel with mechanical ‘sun clock’. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Recently dedicated, the Chao Center on HBS Campus. Proud seeing ship-owning success getting its name recognition. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Recently dedicated building on the HBS campus, the Tata Hall. Image credit: Karatzas images.


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Poseidon – The Olympian God of the Sea

According to Greek mythology and the story of the genesis of the gods of Olympus (Olympian Gods), Poseidon was the god of the sea and protector of all aquatic features. He spent most of his time in his watery domain, although he was officially one of the supreme gods of Mount Olympus. Also, while there were various rivers personified as gods, these would have been technically under Poseidon’s sway. Similarly, Nereus, the Old Man of the Sea, wasn’t really considered on a par with Poseidon, who was known to drive his chariot through the waves in unquestioned dominance. Poseidon had married Titan Oceanus‘ daughter, and sea-nymph Amphitrite.

Poseidon was a son of Cronus (the youngest of the 12 Titans) and of Cronus’s sister and consort Rhea, a fertility goddess. Poseidon was a brother of Zeus, the sky god and chief deity of ancient Greece, and of Hades, god of the underworld. When the three brothers deposed their father, the kingdom of the sea fell by lot to Poseidon. Zeus became ruler of the sky, Hades got dominion of the Underworld and Poseidon was given all water, both fresh and salt. Poseidon was widely worshipped by seamen.

His weapon and main symbol was the trident, perhaps once a fish spear, with which he could make the earth shake, causing earthquakes, and shatter any object. According to the Greek poet Hesiod, Poseidon’s trident, like Zeus’s thunderbolt and Hades’ helmet, was fashioned by the three Cyclopes. He was second to Zeus in power amongst the gods. He was considered by Greeks to have a difficult quarrelsome personality. Combined with his greed, he had a series of disputes with other gods during his various attempts to take over the cities they were patrons of.

In dividing heaven, the watery realm and the subterranean land of the dead, the Olympians agreed that the earth itself would be ruled jointly, with Zeus as king. This led to a number of territorial disputes among the gods. Poseidon vied with Athena to be patron deity of Athens. The god demonstrated his power and benevolence by striking the Acropolis with his three-pronged spear, which caused a spring of salt water to emerge. Athena, however, planted an olive tree, which was seen as a more useful favor. Her paramount importance to the Athenians is seen in her magnificent temple, the Parthenon, which still crowns the Acropolis. The people of Athens were careful, all the same, to honor Poseidon as well.

At one point , Poseidon desired Demeter. To deter him, Demeter asked him to make the most beautiful animal that the world had ever seen. So, in an effort to impress her, Poseidon created the first horse. In some accounts, his first attempts were unsuccessful and created a variety of other animals in his quest; thus, by the time the horse was created, his passion for Demeter had diminished. Poseidon himself fathered many horses, best known of which was the winged horse Pegasus by the Gorgon Medusa.

The Romans’ name for Poseidon was Neptune.


On a recent summer visit at the National Archeological Museum in Athens, we have had the opportunity to take several pictures of the statue of Poseidon of Melos. According to Wiki Commons:

The Poseidon of Melos is a statue of Poseidon in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens (NAMA), with the inventory number 235, which is dated to the last quarter of the second century BC.

The statue was found in 1877 on the island of Melos. It is made of Parian marble and has a height of 2.35 metres, which makes it more than lifesize. The statue was found in several pieces, which have been reattached to one another. Portions of the left foot and of the himation are modern recreations. Parts of the nose, beard and hair are missing.

The sea god is depicted naked to the waist in an awe-inspiring pose, with his muscular right arm raised, probably in order to hold a trident (now lost). His himation hangs around his hips, covering his legs and genitals; he holds it in place at his side with his left hand. His back is also partially covered; a bit of cloth lies, mysteriously suspended, on his left shoulder. His weight rests on his right leg, his left leg is left free. The musculature of his arms and his body generally are very finely worked. The head is slightly tilted to the left and his gaze is directed into the distance. There is a dolphin behind the statue to the right, which serves as an additional support for the weight of the statue. The pose is a standard one for Poseidon, Zeus and Hades.

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Image of Olympian god Poseidon: larger-than-life statue made of Parian marble, known as ‘Poseidon of Melos’. Discovered in shipwreck in 1877. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Plaque at the base of statue ‘Poseidon of Melos’. Discovered in shipwreck in 1877. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Image of Olympian god Poseidon: larger-than-life statue made of Parian marble, known as ‘Poseidon of Melos’. Discovered in shipwreck in 1877. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Image of Olympian god Poseidon: larger-than-life statue made of Parian marble, known as ‘Poseidon of Melos’. Discovered in shipwreck in 1877. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. Throwing his trident. Upper torso detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. Upper torso detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. Upper torso detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. Upper torso detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. Detail of the head. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. Detail of the dolphin by the right foot of the statue. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. Detail of left hand supported at the waist, counter-balancing the right hand’s cast of the trident. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Poseidon of Melos’. View from the back. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Image of Olympian god Poseidon: larger-than-life statue made of Parian marble, known as ‘Poseidon of Melos’. Discovered in shipwreck in 1877. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Image of Olympian god Poseidon: larger-than-life statue made of Parian marble, known as ‘Poseidon of Melos’. Discovered in shipwreck in 1877. ca 125-100 BC. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Temple of the god of the sea Poseidon propitiously situated at Cape Sounion, a sharp promontory ca 65 km south of Athens. Image credit: Karatzas Images.


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Flying Qatar Airways on (Shipping) Business

One of the real benefits of working in the shipping industry is the pleasure of frequent traveling, as far as we are concerned. Flying around the world to visit with clients, business associates and friends, on a frequent basis, is the trademark of a successful shipping person. After all, shipping is an industry that requires social interaction and educated faith in the counter-party, as one of premises of our business has been “Our Word Is Our Bond”. It takes many years of experience and traveling, personal interaction and due diligence for a shipping professional to know when a words equals unequivocally to a bond.

When it comes to traveling, we considered ourselves experienced ‘road warriors’ having achieved gold and diamond memberships with several airlines, hotel chains, rental car companies, etc over our years in shipping. After 9/11, traveling is not as painless as one may have wished, but again, we have been about the seven seas and five ocean and the seven continents; well, almost… As such, we have been accustomed to certain inconveniences of modern travel and have built a list of preferred ‘vendors’.

But again, being open minded, pleased trying new venues and routes and localities.

We were really excited when our travel agent offered a booking on Qatar Airways for a trip to Southeast Asia and Far East / Japan, and we were looking forward to be through a new transport hub, Doha’s Hamad International Airport. Having now experienced some of the trip, we are typing this posting to express that we are just a tad disappointed with the overall experience, so much so that we post this ‘evaluation’ analysis on our blog, typically dealing with maritime matters.

The flight QR704 was planned to depart JFK Airport from New York on Saturday April 2nd at 11:14 EDT, arriving at Doha Hamad Intenrational Airport at 06:45 local time next day, and at 7:30 am to depart for Singapore on Flight QR944; a bit tight connection, but based on our travel experience, we have caught tighter scheduled in busier airports. Soon, however, things started going wrong. The airplane didn’t connect to the departing gate until about an hour before scheduled departure – indicating that the delay was an airline issue and not an airport issue; the crew were waiting along with the passengers at Gate 4 well passed the scheduled departure time, too. All in all, NO public announcement update was offered until 45 minutes passed the scheduled time; eventually, the flight took of at 12:30 pm, appr. 75 minutes delayed. Still, we thought, we were OK on time. The flight landed at 7:10 am local time in Doha, that is 20 minutes before our scheduled connect flight. In short, we missed the connect flight, and we were referred to the ground crew to ‘feel our pain’.

To make a long story short, the next flight for Qatar Airways from Doha to Singapore was not until 20:15 pm, QR942, THIRTEEN long hours later. An alternative option was offered through Dubai, but it was only shaving a couple of hours; that’s all.

The irony of the thing is that our Flight QR942 was delayed AGAIN, with the board showing departure at 21:15 hours, local time Doha, as the new departure time; to make a long story ever shorter, eventually Flight QR942 departed at 22:20 hours from Doha, a whole FIFTEEN hour delay form original schedule, arriving to Singapore late in Monday morning (instead of Sunday night) as planned – and having to cancel three business meetings in Singapore on Monday morning. And, having left New York on Saturday morning, we arrived in Singapore on Monday morning, two days later and FIFTEEN hours behind schedule.

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Traditional Dhow sailing boats in Doha. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

Again, flights are known to be getting delayed, but here, two flights we ever got to fly in our whole life with Qatar Airways were delayed by way of more than one hour, each. Two for two!

To further exaggerate the pain, no proper announcements or explanations were offered to keep passengers updated for the delays with BOTH occasions. Probably, passengers like to stay in the dark, some may presume?

There were FIVE people in the NY flight heading eventually to Singapore, and ALL FIVE missed their flight; so, misery does love company – in this case, Qatar Airways’ company, we presume? There were people in the New York flight who were heading to Johannesburg and Sydney, and as far as we can tell, they also missed their connect flights.  Thus, we were not the only ones to be highly inconvenienced.

We have been in similar situations in the past, but, as in the case with a Lufthansa fight in Frankfurt in January from Athens to new York, ground crew were at the gate to pick up late arriving passengers and lead them through airport shortcuts and past long lines to their connect flights; on several cases, connect flights were delayed just to accommodate the tardy arrivals, just this Lufthansa case. But, this was not the case with Qatar Airways. No people on the ground to help, no effort to delay the connect flight by fifteen minutes in order for FIVE people to make the connect flight to Singapore. NO EFFORT WHATSOEVER!

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Dhow sailing boats against the Doha skyline. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

The strange thing is that Qatar Airways and Doha wish to advertise themselves as major contenders in the travel industry, BUT if there is a FOURTEEN-hour gap to connect the hub (Doha) with a major airport (Singapore), it seems there is a major connectivity problem; other hubs and airlines have much more frequent flights to major cities like Singapore. Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport cannot possibly compete in a connected world if there are such blatant gaps in their network (two miserably delayed flights, no announcements, fifteen hours for connect flight to a major city like Singapore).

We were offered a free stay at an airport hotel in Doha, but we would rather first get herpes before we stay at another airport hotel… We would rather had been on time to Singapore on Sunday evening, to relax and prepare for Monday’s morning. And, without trying to be pompous, our stay in Singapore was scheduled at the Shangri-la Hotel… what a trade! Does Qatar Airways gets to pay for the lost night we paid for the Shangri-La?

And, for everyone wondering whether the 2014-delivery Hamad International Airport is a pleasure to pass through, we can spare them the agony. Mundane architecture and outlay, only a handful of restaurants, extremely limited shopping, too few restrooms that are too hard to spot, and power plugs for laptops and smart phones that had no power, at least at Gate C2 for the QR942; a sorry experience really, having no way to re-charge a phone after being delayed for FIFTEEN hours, in-between to long-haul flights.

And, despite the fact that in both cases the airplanes were modern Airbuses A350, we found the overall experience flying Qatar Airways rather un-inspiring, to be polite. The overall experience has left much to be desired, and likely not to be repeated.

As much as we enjoyed Doha (Souq Waqif and Corniche and watching Dhow sailing boats – while doing some sight-seeing, making the best of a bad situation,) again, we’d rather had gone as planned with our lives. Taking TWO days to fly from New York to Singapore is an un-acceptable experience in our modern world that moves fast.

Hopefully Qatar Airways will get to do the right thing next time…

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Doha skyline. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.


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Visualizing Shipping Business (and more!) in Hamburg

Hamburg (officially Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg)), is the second largest city in Germany with a population is over 1.7 million people. The city is situated on the river Elbe. Hamburg is on the southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, between Continental Europe to the south and Scandinavia to the north, with the North Sea to the west and the Baltic Sea to the north-east. It is on the River Elbe at its confluence with the Alster and Bille. The city center is around the Binnenalster (“Inner Alster”) and Außenalster (“Outer Alster”), both formed by damming the River Alster to create lakes.

The city of Hamburg is one of 16 German states, therefore the Mayor of Hamburg‘s office corresponds more to the role of a minister-president than to the one of a city mayor. As a German state government, it is responsible for public education, correctional institutions and public safety; as a municipality, it is additionally responsible for libraries, recreational facilities, sanitation, water supply and welfare services.

Since 1897, the seat of the government has been the Hamburg Rathaus, with the office of the mayor, the meeting room for the Senate and the floor for the Hamburg Parliament. The Hamburg Rathaus is a richly decorated Neo-Renaissance building finished in 1897. The tower is 112 meters (367 ft) high. Its façade, 111 m (364 ft) long, depicts the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, since Hamburg was, as a Free Imperial City, only under the sovereignty of the emperor. The Chilehaus, a brick expressionist office building built in 1922 and designed by architect Fritz Höger, is shaped like an ocean liner.

Hamburg is made up of seven boroughs (German: Bezirke) and subdivided into 104 quarters (German: Stadtteile). There are 181 localities (German: Ortsteile). The urban organization is regulated by the Constitution of Hamburg and several laws. Most of the quarters were former independent cities, towns or villages annexed into Hamburg proper. The last large annexation was done through the Greater Hamburg Act of 1937, when the cities Altona, Harburg and Wandsbek were merged into the state of Hamburg. The Act of the Constitution and Administration of Hanseatic city of Hamburg established Hamburg as a state and a municipality.

The many streams, rivers and canals are crossed by some 2,500 bridges, more than London, Amsterdam and Venice put together. Hamburg has more bridges inside its city limits than any other city in the world and more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined.

The Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg opened in the HafenCity quarter in 2008. There are various specialised museums in Hamburg, such as the Archaeological Museum Hamburg (Archäologisches Museum Hamburg) in Hamburg-Harburg, the Museum of Labour (Museum der Arbeit), and several museums of local history, for example the Kiekeberg Open Air Museum (Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg). Two museum ships near Landungsbrücken bear witness to the freight ship (Cap San Diego) and cargo sailing ship era (Rickmer Rickmers).

History

The official name reflects its history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, a city-state, and one of the 16 states of Germany. Before the 1871 Unification of Germany, it was a fully sovereign state. Prior to the constitutional changes in 1919, the stringent civic republic was ruled by a class of hereditary grand burghers or Hanseaten.

Claudius Ptolemy (2nd century AD) reported the first name for the vicinity as Treva.

The name Hamburg comes from the first permanent building on the site, a castle which the Emperor Charlemagne ordered constructed in AD 808. It rose on rocky terrain in a marsh between the River Alster and the River Elbe as a defence against Slavic incursion, and acquired the name Hammaburg, burg meaning castle or fort. The origin of the Hamma term remains uncertain, as does the exact location of the castle.

In 1189, by imperial charter, Frederick I “Barbarossa” granted Hamburg the status of an Imperial Free City and tax-free access up the Lower Elbe into the North Sea. In 1265, an allegedly forged letter was presented to or by the Rath of Hamburg. This charter, along with Hamburg’s proximity to the main trade routes of the North Sea and Baltic Sea, quickly made it a major port in Northern Europe. Its trade alliance with Lübeck in 1241 marks the origin and core of the powerful Hanseatic League of trading cities. On 8 November 1266, a contract between Henry III and Hamburg’s traders allowed them to establish a hanse in London. This was the first time in history that the word hanse was used for the trading guild of the Hanseatic League.

The Speicherstadt was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in July 2015.

Port of Hamburg

With appr. 8.8 million standard containers (TEU) handled in 2015, Hamburg is the third largest container port in Europe and in the 18th place on the list of the world’s largest container ports. Around 10,000 ship calls per year, almost 300 berths along a total of 43 kilometers of quay walls for seagoing vessels, more than 1,100 freight trains per week, four state-of-the-art container terminals and around 50 facilities specialized in handling project shipments and bulk cargoes, along with about 7,300 logistics firms within the city limits – these are just a few of the factors making the Port of Hamburg one of the world’s most flexible, high-performance universal ports. Last year 137.8 million tons of cargo crossed the quay walls of Germany’s largest seaport.


During our extensive traveling to Hamburg in the last several years, on shipping and shipping finance business, we have been amazed by the rich culture, architecture, ambiance, and friendliness and hospitality of the people of Hamburg. But again, in all fairness, we never visited a port city we didn’t like! The open-mindless of the people, the long established traditions, the vivacity in life and, yes, the “saltiness” of the night life (they call it Reeperbahn in Hamburg!) are always heart-warming to the sailors of the world! We have been posting images of ships calling the Port of Hamburg over time to our Karatzas Photographie Maritime blog; we have collected so many more nautical and maritime-inspired images and architectural decorations from throughout Hamburg, which we decided to share here! Enjoy Hamburg!


 

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St. Michael’s Church (“Michel”) and Museum Ship ‘Rickmer Rickmers’; Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Port of Hamburg, Containership Terminals in a chilly and foggy February day. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Nautically-inspired architectural detail from Hamburg. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Shipping cannot exist without trade. Hermes (or Mercury), God of Trade. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Female figures Frauenfiguren „Flüsternde Wellen“ (‘Whispering Waves’) at Kontorhaus Elbhof, Steinhöft 9, in Baumwall in Hamburg’s Neustadt. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime images.

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It’s all about ships and shipping! Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Details from the Stella Haus facade. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Details from the Stella Haus facade. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Details from the Stella Haus facade. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Details from the Stella Haus facade. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Two-thousand, five hundred bridges in Hamburg… Not a place to burn bridges…. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Roof of the building of the Allianz Insurance Company in Trostbrücke in Hamburg. Just magnificent! Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Roof of the building of the Allianz Insurance Company in Trostbrücke in Hamburg. View from another angle. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Roof of the building of the Allianz Insurance Company in Trostbrücke in Hamburg. Detail. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Roof of the building of the Allianz Insurance Company in Trostbrücke in Hamburg. Poseidon, God of the Seas. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Roof of the building of the Allianz Insurance Company in Trostbrücke in Hamburg. Detail. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Anchoring an architectural detail. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.

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Hamburg’s Rathaus, detail. Image Credit: Karatzas Maritime Images.


Information provided herewith has mostly been extracted from the “Hamburg” entry in Wikipedia and the website of the Port of Hamburg, which hold all copyrights to the material. Copyright for all images herewith belong to Karatzas Maritime Images, 2016.


 

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Key West Beach Rules

Treasure Hunting in Key West, Florida…

Of writers and poets and pirates                                                                                                           who walked the dirt beneath this path                                                                                                  each carrying a pocket full of dreams.                                                                                                    And none as unusual as yours,                                                                                                              but all of which came true.                                                                                                                                                  David L. Sloan                                                                                                                                                

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Key West, There’s no place I’d rather be

Of poets and dreamers_SLOAN

Of writers, poets and pirates…

Write your worries in the sand

Write your worries in the sand… and let the sea wash them away

You can shake the sand off your shoes

Sand never leaves the soul…

Happines is

Toes in the water…

Home is where the ocean meets the shore

Where the ocean meets the shore…

sandy toes and salty kisses

Sandy toes and salty kisses!

Go jump in the ocean

Go jump in the ocean! – Can never be taken as an insult!

If you are lucky enough to be at the beach

if you are lucky enough to be at the beach…

On beach time

On beach time…

Beach rules

Beach rules…

Beach rules 2

And, more beach rules…

Captain's Rules

And, some Captain’s rules…

Crew knows best

The crew knows best!

same ship...different day

Same ship…different day! Not a good motto for a shipbroker!

No working on drinking hours

No working during drinking hours! – Well, how a shipbroker is supposed to get anything done then?

Dream require wide open seas

Wild dreams, open seas!

Inner compass

Inner compass!

Best ships are friendships

Best ships are friendSHIPS!

Shell warehouse

She sells sea shells by the sea shore! Key West!

Bart Roberts

‘In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages and hard labor; in this plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power… No, a merry life and a short one will be my motto.’                                                                                  Captain Bartholomew ‘Black Bart’ Roberts, Pirate

As legendary Steve Jobs once said: ‘It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy’!


 

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Port of Hamburg

The City of Hamburg in Germany – formally known as Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg) – is a major shipping cluster and port city extraordinaire.

The city was established by the Emperor Charlemagne as a castle which he ordered constructed in 808 AD for the defenses of the northern borders of the empire.  That original castle was also crucial for providing strategic access through the Elbe River to the North Sea on the west and the Baltic Sea on the north-east. Nowadays the city itself is at the confluence of the rivers Alster and Bille; several buildings have their foundations on pylons and the city claims 2,300 bridges, more than any city in the world. Having a tradition of free spiritedness and self governance as independent city-state from its days as a free imperial city under the Holy Roman Empire (reporting to the Emperor rather than to a local prince) and access to the sea, Hamburg is a unique city in open mildness and culture.

The Port of Hamburg is about 110 kilometers from the mouth of River Elbe in the North Sea; based on latest statistics, it’s the third biggest port in Europe and the fifteenth worldwide in throughput with approximately 130 million tons of cargo moved in 2011.  Several hundred shipowners are based in Hamburg, the most notables in the recent days the so-called KG owners (Kommanditgesellschaft (abbreviated “KG”) for a limited partnership business entity.) Several of the world’s biggest shipping banks and vessel managers and also complimentary industries are based in Hamburg.

During a recent trip to Hamburg we managed to find the time for some sightseeing and picture taking:

Hamburg's Rathaus (City Hall but also Parliament for the city-state) Image source: Basil Karatzas

Hamburg’s Rathaus (City Hall but also Parliament for the city-state) Image source: Basil Karatzas

Rathaus (detail): The Seal of the City of Hamburg on the main tower. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Rathaus (detail): The Seal of the City of Hamburg on the main tower. Image source: Basil Karatzas

The Headquarters of HSH Nordbank, the biggest shipping bank. Image source: Basil Karatzas

The Headquarters of HSH Nordbank, the biggest shipping bank. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Statues everywhere! Image source: Basil Karatzas

Statues everywhere! Image source: Basil Karatzas

Modern monuments, too!  Here, a classic Mercedes 260 SEL model. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Modern monuments, too! Here, a classic Mercedes 260 SEL model. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Ships and Nautical Themes are embedded to the Culture and Architecture. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Ships and Nautical Themes are embedded to the Culture and Architecture. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Idle Containership Cranes are Waiting for the Market Recovery. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Idle Containership Cranes are Waiting for the Market Recovery. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Some Cranes Keep Selectively Busy. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Some Cranes Keep Selectively Busy. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Ro-Ro Vessel MV LINK STAR Sailing Downstream. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Ro-Ro Vessel MV LINK STAR Sailing Downstream. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Gearless, feeder containership MV SYLT Sailing Downstream. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Gearless, feeder containership MV SYLT Sailing Downstream. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Containership Vessel MV MSC EMMA Undergoing her Second Special Survey in the B+V Floating Dock. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Containership Vessel MV MSC EMMA Undergoing her Second Special Survey in the B+V Floating Dock. Image source: Basil Karatzas

The Floating Dock under Flooding. Notice that the Bowthruster is now submerged. Image source: Basil Karatzas

The Floating Dock under Flooding. Notice that the Bowthruster is now submerged. Image source: Basil Karatzas

Popeye the Sailor Man and his girlfriend Oliver are part of the Nautical Theme! Image source: Basil Karatzas

Popeye the Sailor Man and his girlfriend Oliver are part of the Nautical Theme! Image source: Basil Karatzas                                                                                                                                                                                                                     © 2013-2014 Basil M Karatzas & Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.  All Rights Reserved

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:  Access to this blog signifies the reader’s irrevocable acceptance of this disclaimer. No part of this blog can be reproduced by any means and under any circumstances, whatsoever, in whole or in part, without proper attribution or the consent of the copyright and trademark holders of this website. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that information herewithin has been received from sources believed to be reliable and such information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing, no warranties or assurances whatsoever are made in reference to accuracy or completeness of said information, and no liability whatsoever will be accepted for taking or failing to take any action upon any information contained in any part of this website.  Thank you for the consideration.