32 nautical miles to the open sea

Bremerhaven Container, cars and innovations

Directly at the mouth of the river Weser where the water is deep enough for sea going ships, Bremerhaven offers ideal conditions for handling containers. The maritime city is one of Europe’s leading car hubs and is also turning onto a key port for the offshore wind industry.

One of the longest coherent riverside quays in the world

Bremerhaven Container Terminal

The success story of Bremerhaven Container Terminal began in February 1968 when construction work began on a 700-metre long quay. After four expansion projects (latterly Container Terminal 4) the impressive terminal location has meanwhile grown to a total length of almost five kilometres. The world’s longest coherent riverside quay now has 14 berths for mega-container vessels. As the fourth-largest container terminal in Europe, Bremerhaven is one of the leading transhipment hubs for intermodal import and export traffic.

Facts and Figures:
Quay length: 4930 m
14 berths for mega-container vessels
Outdoor operating area: approx. 3 million m2
Covered storage area: 30,000 m2
Refrigerated area: 8000 m2
Water depth: 12.6 – 15.0 m
Container throughput 2016: 5.5 million TEU

More information:
NTB North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven

Automobile hub and global player

Bremerhaven Auto Terminal

Bremerhaven is one of the largest automobile hubs anywhere in the world. In peak years, it handles more than two million vehicles. There are operating and storage areas for 120,000 cars, including covered storage for 45,000 vehicles. re indoors. But the Auto Terminal does more than just load and discharge vehicles: it also offers finishing, repair and retrofitting services, installs individual special equipment or attends to final assembly. High quality, continuous logistics, good transport connections and a full range of services rank amongst the terminal’s many strong points.

Facts and Figures:
Kaiserhäfen II & III, Nordhafen, Osthafen
Quay length: 3020 m
Water depth: 10.5 – 11.0 m
Total area: 963,000 m2
of which covered: 360,000 m2
15 berths for car carriers
Automobile throughput 2011: 2.1 million units

Quay length: 900 m
Water depth (at mean low tide): 11.0 m
Outdoor area: 470,000 m2
Covered storage area: 20,000 m2

Quay length: 1200 m
Water depth: 10.5 m

More information:
BLG Logistics Group

Temperature-controlled cargo for Europe

Fruit terminals & cold store

Bremerhaven is the leading distribution centre for temperature-controlled cargo in Germany. With one of the biggest container terminals in the world, Bremerhaven is a strategic location for the successful management of import/export flows. With a range of temperature-controlled services and efficient first-hand logistics, Bremerhaven is your gateway to the European and worldwide markets. BLG Coldstore, the largest commercial cold store in the region, can accommodate around 33,000 pallets for refrigerated and frozen goods.

Two dedicated fruit terminals at Kaiserhafen (Verbindungshafen) and at Columbuskaje load and discharge more than 250,000 tonnes of temperature-controlled cargo every year. The temperature-controlled goods from overseas are destined for Germany and other European countries.

Facts and Figures:
(Verbindungshafen and Columbuskaje)
Quay length: 600 m
Total area: 68,000 m2 + 26,000 m2

BLG Coldstore
Storage capacity: 33,000 Euro paletts

More Information:
BLG Coldstore 
Heuer Logistics

Modern, secure, purpose-built

Cruise Terminal

One of the most modern passenger terminals in Europe, Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven (CCCB) plays a key role for Bremerhaven’s growing attractiveness as a tourist destination. Since its refurbishment in 2003, CCCB has had spacious check-in and waiting areas for roughly 4000 passengers, modern equipment for transporting and loading their baggage as well as covered passenger walkways. The approx. 1000-metre long quay can handle up to four cruise liners simultaneously.

Facts and Figures:
Quay length: 500 m directly in front of the cruise terminal (as part of the 1100 m long Columbus-Kaje)
Water depth: 9.3 m
No. of passengers in 2016: 98.530
Ship departures in 2016: 138
Parking: for approx. 400 cars directly at the terminal, approx. 500 further parking spaces within a radius of 1000 m
Telescopic gangways: 3
Gantry cranes (up to 8 t): 2

More information:
Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven (CCCB)

Fish processing meets offshore wind energy


Bremerhaven is one of the leading locations in Germany for fish and food processing. The entire supply chain of the fish industry is represented at Fischereihafen: medium-sized firms and large corporations which process fresh fish and seafood, packaging and warehousing companies as well as forwarders specialising in reefer transports. The sites in the south of Bremerhaven also offer optimum conditions for the booming offshore wind energy industry

Facts and Figures:
Quay length: 7000 m
Water depth: up to 8.1 m
Commercial area: 480 hectares
Frozen storage capacities:
162,000 m3 (commercial)
336,000 m3 (operational)

More information:
Fischereihafen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH

Equipped to cope with offshore logistics

Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB)

Water depths that can accommodate seagoing vessels, excellent infrastructure, a powerful industrial cluster – Bremerhaven can offer the wind energy industry ideal conditions. A loading ramp for large-scale components on the banks of the Weser will be available by the end of 2018. At the 25-hectare Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB), wind energy plant will be pre-assembled, stored and transhipped. The 500-metre long quay can accommodate two to three offshore jack-up vessels. Around 200 hectares of industrial sites are available for new companies and expansions.

Facts and Figures:
Quay length: 500 m
Berths: 2 to 3
Total area: approx. 25 hectares
Planned water depth: -14,10m (independent from the tide)
Heavy-lift area: 500m long, 35m wide, heavy-weight capable up to 10 to/sqm
Terminal depth: max. 498 m

More information:
BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH 
BLG Logistics Group  
bremenports GmbH & Co. KG
WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH