HADAG

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HADAG
Seetouristik und Fährdienst
AG
Founded 1888
Headquarters Hamburg, Germany
Area served
Hamburg
Services Public transport
1.5 m
Owner Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (100%)
Number of employees
75 +15 trainees
Parent Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Subsidiaries HADAG Verkehrsdienste
Website www.hadag.de

The HADAG, (full name HADAG Seetouristik und Fährdienst AG, literally "HADAG Sea-tourism and Ferry service") is a local public transport company in Hamburg, Germany. It owns and operates passengers ferries across the Elbe River, overseen by and integrated into the network of Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV).

In the 1950s the company operated ferries from Hamburg to England, and in the 1980s, the cruise ship MS Astor.

History[edit]

HADAG passengers onboard a 'Große Hafenrundfahrt'[1] (21 August 1938)

The Hafen-Dampfschifffahrt AG (HADAG) was founded on 8 August 1888, and the Free and Hanseatic 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).[2] 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.[3]

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.[2] 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.[4] Until 1983, the HADAG owned the cruise ship MS Astor.[2]

Operations[edit]

HADAG
Seetouristik und Fährdienst
Hadag logo.svg
Locale Hamburg, Germany
Waterway Elbe
System length 26.3 km[5]
No. of lines 8[5]
No. of vessels 23 ferries with diesel drive[5]
No. of terminals 21 landing bridges[5]
Daily ridership 10.6 mio. passengers p. a. (2013)[5]
Website www.hadag.de

The HADAG runs public transport ferries and pleasure boats on the rivers Elbe and Alster. The public transport is supervised by the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund.[6]

Ferry Harmonie: one of the typical flat-iron-shaped ferries (29 April 2006)

Scheduled harbour ferries[edit]

Line Route
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
61
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Brücke 2) – Altona (Fischmarkt) – Dockland – Waltershof – Neuhof
(mo. to fr.)
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
62
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Brücke 3) – Altona (Fischmarkt) – Dockland – Neumühlen / Övelgönne – (Bubendey-Ufer) – Finkenwerder
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
64
Finkenwerder – Rüschpark – Teufelsbrück
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
68
TeufelsbrückAirbus
(mo. to fr., sometimes from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken)
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
72
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Brücke 1) – (Arningstraße) – Elbphilharmonie
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
73
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Brücke 1) – Theater im Hafen – Norderelbstraße – Argentinienbrücke – Ernst-August-Schleuse (Wilhelmsburg)
(mo. to fr.)
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
75
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Brücke 1) – Steinwerder
(mo. to fr.)
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
HBL
Blankenese – Neuenfelde, Este-Sperrwerk – Cranz
Lines of HAGAG ferries in the Port of Hamburg

Non-scheduled harbour cruises[edit]

Line Route
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Brücke 1) – Theater im Hafen
(only at theater shows, not in HVV)
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken – (HafenCityKöhlbrand – Waltershofer Hafen (Container Terminal Burchardkai))
(Harbour tour with no stops, not in HVV)
Ferry
Hamburg Hafenfaehren-Logo Blank.svg
EH
St. Pauli LandungsbrückenNeumühlenTeufelsbrückBlankeneseWillkomm-Höft (Wedel) – Blankenese – Teufelsbrück – Elbphilharmonie – St. Pauli Landungsbrücken
("EH" for Elb-Hüpfer or Elbe Hopper, weekends and bank holidays only, not in HVV)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Long Harbour Tour
  2. ^ 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 
  3. ^ Staff (2002-04-10), Seit 115 Jahren bringt die HADAG die Pendler sicher über die Elbe (PDF) (in German), HADAG, retrieved 2009-04-05 
  4. ^ Leissner, Hella (1983-06-03), Schneller nach Helgoland (in German), Die Zeit, retrieved 2009-04-05 
  5. ^ a b c d e "HVV Zahlenspiegel 2013" (PDF). hvv.de (in German). Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. p. 2. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Public transport operators co-operating in the HVV partnership, retrieved 2009-03-26 

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