Continuous development of the ports of Bremen

Port development Growing with the task

What are the trends for cargo handling and maritime logistics? Are the customers’ expectations of the world port of Bremen/Bremerhaven changing? What investments have to be made in port infrastructure to ensure the ports’ long-term competitiveness? These are the key questions facing the port planning and development engineers at bremenports. They analyse structures, keep a close eye on the market, observe developments at other port locations, identify the need for action, discuss solutions and make specific recommendations to political bodies, for instance in the form of port development concepts (master plans).

The objective of these activities is to strengthen the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven on a sustainable basis: to improve their competitive position, increase their importance for the regional economy and for Germany as an export nation, and to respond proactively to the structural changes in the port-related logistics industry.


Climate change is a global challenge. The careful use of scarce resources is essential not only from the ecological, but also from the economic viewpoint. Bremen and Bremerhaven have set out on the long path to become a “green port”, and bremenports plays an important role in this process, from ambitious nature compensation for port construction projects right through to the establishment of a green company fleet.

Effects on employment

The ports in Bremen and Bremerhaven are a defining element of the regional economic structure. Deciding political priorities and securing public investments in maritime infrastructure have to be based on reliable information about the effects of the ports on the regional economy. bremenports first commissioned the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) with a study of the effects of Bremen’s ports on the labour market in 2011. The study was repeated in 2017 and the results once again speak for themselves: in 2015, roughly one fifth of the total number of jobs (more than 77,000 people), of revenues and value added in the Federal Land of Bremen were directly or indirectly dependent on the ports – more than in any other Federal Land in Germany.