In West Germany, some thirty Soviet grain freighters are anchored in and around Hamburg harbour, waiting for a chance to take on grain from Soviet bulk carriers.
SV PAN: Soviet grain freighter anchored outside harbour and smaller carriers heading for harbour. (2 shots)
GV PAN SV: Soviet grain carrier anchored and being loaded
GV ZOOM IN: Grain carriers on quay being loaded. (5 shots)
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Background: In West Germany, some thirty Soviet grain freighters are anchored in and around Hamburg harbour, waiting for a chance to take on grain from Soviet bulk carriers. Their presence has given rise to speculation whether Moscow is trying to use the port of Hamburg as a means of avoiding President Carter's grain embargo. Dockers in Hamburg have already announced their solidarity with their striking American colleagues. But Hamburg's port authorities say the Soviet vessels have nothing to do with the American boycott. For them, the Soviet freighters mean more business.
SYNOPSIS: This sixty-thousand ton Soviet bulk-carrier is anchored outside Hamburg harbour, and it's waiting to unload its cargo of grain. Smaller freighters are standing by to pick up the load and take it to Soviet ports which cannot cope with ships of this size.
Some thirty of these smaller freighters have appeared in Hamburg in recent weeks. Some are loaded in a simple ship-to-ship operation with vacuum pumps.
Others have to dock to receive their grain from silos. But there is a long waiting list -- Hamburg's silos are fulfill delivery contracts with the Soviet Union for another eight million tons of grain. Hamburg port authorities believe they will have to handle at least one-and-a-half million tons because of congestion in other European ports. And they are trying to attract even more Soviet business.