HADAG Seetouristik und Fährdienst

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HADAG Seetouristik und Fährdienst AG
Type AG
Founded 1888
Headquarters Hamburg, Germany
Area served Hamburg
Services Public transport
Net income €1.5 m
Owners Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg (100%)
Employees 75 +15 trainees
Parent Hamburger Hochbahn
Subsidiaries HADAG Verkehrsdienste
Website http://www.hadag.de/

The HADAG Seetouristik und Fährdienst AG (often abbreviated as HADAG, rough translated as HADAG sea-tourism and ferry service plc) is a local public transport company in Hamburg, Germany. It owns and operates the ferries across the Elbe river, overseen by the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund. In the 1950s the company operated ferries from Hamburg to England, and in the 1980s, the cruise ship MS Astor.

History[edit]

Ferry Franz Schubert (1940-1974)
Ferry Kirchdorf.

On 8 August 1888, the Hafen-Dampfschifffahrt AG (HADAG) was founded and the city of Hamburg granted the concession to operate ferries in the port of Hamburg. In 1897, the HADAG owned 47 ferries and took over the smaller Jollenführer Dampfer GmbH. With opening of the Elbe tunnel in 1911, the HADAG line LandungsbrückenSteinwerder lost 259,000 passengers p.a. In 1918, with the end of the concession, the HADAG wanted to rise the fare price. The city of Hamburg refused and the company was in danger of liquidation. On 23 Oktober 1918, the city of Hamburg acquired the HADAG. Later it became a subsidiary for the Hamburger Hochbahn (HHA).[1] In 1928 the HHA and HADAG established a shared fare for the trains, trams, and buses of the HHA and the ferries of the HADAG.[2]

In the 1950s, the HADAG operated a ferry to England and to the islands Heligoland and Sylt. In 1966, the last steam ferries were taken out of service.[1] In 1982, HADAG closed the ferry line from Landungsbrücken to the Heligoland island, and started a line from Cuxhaven, with a combined fare with Deutsche Bundesbahn, in 1983.[3] Until 1983, the HADAG owned the cruise ship MS Astor.[1]

Operation[edit]

Lines of HAGAG ferries in the port of Hamburg.

The HADAG runs public transport ferries and pleasure boats on the Elbe river and the Alster river. The public transport is supervised by the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund.[4]

HADAG figures

  • 21 ferries, with diesel drive[5]
  • 75 employees + 15 trainees[6]
  • 27.6 km length of lines[6]
  • 6 lines[6]
  • 21 landing stages[6]
  • 6.4 m. passengers p.a.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Höltge, Dieter; Kochems, Michael (2008), Straßen- und Stadtbahnen in Deutschland, Band (in German), 11: Hamburg, Freiburg: EisenbahnKurier, pp. 353–360, ISBN 978-3-88255-392-5 
  2. ^ Staff (2002-04-10), Seit 115 Jahren bringt die HADAG die Pendler sicher über die Elbe (in German), HADAG, retrieved 2009-04-05 
  3. ^ Leissner, Hella (1983-06-03), Schneller nach Helgoland (in German), Die Zeit, retrieved 2009-04-05 
  4. ^ Public transport operators co-operating in the HVV partnership, retrieved 2009-03-26 
  5. ^ Staff (2008-11-17), Schriftliche Kleine Anfrage des Abgeordneten Horst Becker (GAL) vom 29.10.08 und Antwort des Senats Betr.: Reduktion von Schiffsemissionen im Hamburger Hafen (in German), Drucksache 19/1412: Hamburg Parliament, retrieved 2009-04-05 
  6. ^ a b c d e Unsere Flotte (in German), retrieved 2009-03-26 

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