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    2 January 1935:

    LHG officially commences activities. As the "Lübecker Volksbote" newspaper reports:

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    ""The brief, modest celebration in Shed A on Wallhalbinsel on the last afternoon of the year will assist all those employed in the port to perform their work for the good of the port, the city and the fatherland still more confidently and more responsibly than hitherto." The entry into the Commercial Register had actually already been made on 14 September 1934.

  • Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH

    31 August 1938:

    The Hanseatic City of Lübeck becomes sole owner of LHG.

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    For a price of 1,750,000 reichsmarks, the merchants assign all the port installations belonging to it to the Hanseatic City of Lübeck: Sheds, cranes and steam tugboats, along with handcarts and inkwells. At this time, the port consists mainly of Wallhalbinsel and Konstinkai. Two grain silos are erected in Vorwerker Hafen in the second half of the 1930s, one of these still stands today.

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    In 1940 the port can report record throughput of 2,321,640 tons.

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    During the night of 28-29 March 1942, not only the centre of Lübeck is seriously damaged by bombs but also the port.

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    In 1946 the port achieves throughput of 370,000 tons.

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    The port manages to keep going by handling Care parcels, coal and timber. Passenger traffic that year is preponderantly for sombre reasons. Polish forced labourers return to their Polish home country via Lübeck. At the same time, discharged German prisoners-of-war and refugees from Germany's former Eastern territories arrive in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

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    In 1947 throughput already totals nearly one million tons. It is noticeable that Lübeck seems to be developing from a general cargo port into a bulk goods terminal. Among the cargoes handled are timber, sulphur, gravel, super phosphates and coke.

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    Oktober 1951:

    The Federal government becomes an equal partner in LHG with the Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

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    9 June 1955:

    The Vorwerker Hafen had repeatedly expanded in the previous years, ...

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    ... and now a group of Swiss, German and Finnish business people sets up VORINDUS, the "Vorwerker Hafen Industriewerke GmbH & Co, Lübeck" for handling and processing timber and wood waste. However, in September 1957 the company files for bankruptcy. This marks the start of bulk goods handling in Vorwerker Hafen, an activity that was to last for less than ten years.

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    28 March 1962:

    Operations commence at Skandinavienkai.

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    Where once there had been a mink farm, ferry traffic is inaugurated by a TT Line newbuilding with the name "Nils Holgersson". The beginnings here are modest. In 1963 volumes handled and transported amount to around 60,400 tons of freight and 36,000 passengers. Today's traffic totals up to 20 million tons.

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    Between 1962 and 1965 four ferry berths are constructed at Skandinavienkai.

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    1961-1966:

    Vorwerker Hafen, today's Nordlandkai, is expanded in several stages into a RoRo terminal.

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    4 April 1966: "Finnhansa" of Finnlines is the first ship to call on completion of the first ferry berth. Handling of motor vehicles in Vorwerker Hafen had already commenced on 14 January 1964.

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    20 May 1967: The "Hansa Express" inaugurates the service between Skandinavienkai and Helsinki.

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    25 July 1969: Skandinavienkai welcomes its 5,000,000th passenger.

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    1970s:

    The port withdraws further from bulk cargo handling. Along with paper handling, ferry traffic to Sweden and Finland becomes the LHG's mainstay.

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    In 1970 complestion of the second berth at Nordlandkai, in 1972 completion of the third berth at Nordlandkai.

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    1971: Skandinavienkai becomes connected to the main rail network with the building of a private siding.

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    1974: Goods traffic at Nordlandkai reaches 720,000 tons.

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    Paper handling expands continously, gigantic storage sheds are built. On 18 October 1974 the 1,000,000th VW since the start of VW shipments is shipped from Vorwerker Hafen.

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    2 May 1977

    On 2 May 1977 the "Finnjet" (length 215 metres), then the world's fastest and most modern ferry, ...

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    ... calls at Skandinavienkai for the first time. For 20 years she operates in liner service between Travemünde and Helsinki. On 12 September 2008 the once much admired vessel is scrapped in Alang, India.

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    17 August 1982:

    Today Skandinavienkai welcomes its 30,000,000th passenger.

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    In 1983 around 2,000,000 passengers use Skandinavienkai, a total never again attained. Mounting competition from the airlines and later on the abolition of duty-free concessions causes a downturn in passenger traffic here.

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    In 1983 throughput in the Port of Lübeck reaches almost 12,000,000 tons.

    More and more trade routes are transferred from Wallhalbinsel, until then the heart of the Port of Lübeck, to Nordlandkai, Skandinavienkai and Konstinkai.

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    In 1989 construction commences of the eighth berth at Skandinavienkai, directly on Dummersdorfer Ufer.

  • Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH

    27 September 1991: The eighth berth at Skandinavienkai is inaugurated.

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    5 June 1994:

    Schlutuper Hafen is opened on 5 June 1994.

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    The new terminal on the site of a former timber dealer's is specially earmarked for handling Swedish forest products. The terminal remains a success story today.

    A double ramp is now installed at Nordlandkai and enters service on 12 August 1994.

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    In 1998 berths 1 to 4, at this point no longer capable of catering for the needs of growing ship capacities in the Baltic, are rebuilt as two state-of-the-art berths incorporating flexible pontoons at a cost of over DM 20,000,000.

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    At the beginning of 1999 the continually growing need for berths is met by construction of Berth 7a, bringing the number of berths at Skandinavienkai up to today's nine.

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    29 November 1999:

    First pile driven for Berth 6a, the earliest of today's three double-ramp berths at Skandinavienkai.

    1999 is the first year when the entire Port of Lübeck handles cargoes totalling over 25 million tons.

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    2000s

    Planning measures and expansion for the "new" Skandinavienkai proceed apace.

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    6 July 2001:

    Shed 51 on Nordlandkai is taken into service on 6 July 2001..

    The Port of Lübeck's largest-ever shed so far functions as a Fast-Dispatch-Center and covers 16,000 square metres (incl. covered open areas).

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    May 2003: The new Baltic Rail Gate Terminal on Skandinavienkai enters service, with the official opening on 26 August 2003.

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    Monday, 22 September 2003: The new Shed 33 at Terminal Schlutup is inaugurated.

  • Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH

    August 2006: LHG head office moves to the new Hafenhaus on Skandinavienkai.

    Other tenants follow shortly afterwards, including TT Line, which transfers its head office from Hamburg to Travemünde.

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    2006 is the first year when the entire Port of Lübeck handles 30 million tons of cargo.

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    In January 2007 the new gate on Skandinavienkai is taken into service. This has been transferred into the Southern area of the port and now offers 24 lanes for entry and exit.

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    The year 2007 is the best-ever for the Port of Lübeck. Throughput totals nearly 33 million tons, of which LHG's share is almost 30 million tons.

  • Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH

    In March 2008: RREEF PAN-EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE TWO LUX S.à.r.l. acquires 25,1 percent of the shares in LHG.

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    2010s

    Konstinkai as a handling quay for LHG is now history, the site having been let and/or sold to other companies. It does however remain in use in Lübeck harbour for the handling of logs and bulk goods.

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    2011

    The cruise ship "Queen Elizabeth", with a length of almost 300 metres, stirs tremendous enthusiasm in Lübeck. She is the longest-ever ship yet to berth in the Port of Lübeck.

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    2012

    In march 2012 the Terminal Skandinavienkai celebrated its 50th birthday.

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    2013

    After nearly one year of construction the new berth #7 at Terminal Skandinavienkai was inaugurated 16 December. It is the fourth berth with an upper deck ramp at this terminal.

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    2014

    The forest product terminal at the river Trave celebrated it's anniversary in 2014. On June 6th, 1994 LHG inaugurated the new terminal for forest product handling in Schlutup, which is still a state-of-the-art-facility.

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    2014

    LHG optimized the south gate that was taken into operation in January 2007 at Terminal Skandinavienkai sustainably. A new scanning technology and an optimization of the access and exit have let to significantly improved processes.

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