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Ports and Logistics

With the start of construction of the new port at the mouth of the Weser in 1827 and with the arrival of the American sailing ship DRAPER in 1830, not only began a new chapter in Bremen's successful port history, but also started the development of the city of Bremerhaven.

Today Bremerhaven is one of the largest European container ports and one of the largest European import and export ports for automobiles. The ports have also positioned themselves successfully and innovatively in the areas of break bulk, high & heavy, refrigerated goods and food as well as in the cruise business.

Production at the port

Heavy goods traffic is no pleasure. Overcrowded roads, traffic jams and complex transport permit procedures are part of everyday life in many places.
We would like to convince you of the advantages of having a production facility on a waterway deep enough for oceangoing vessels.
Producing at the port pays off!

Your benefits:
• Suitable industrial properties and modern production halls next to water navigable for seagoing ships
• Heavy-duty quays for shipment
• Intact transport infrastructure
• Worldwide scheduled shipping services for import and export
• Savings by shortening the transport chain
• Excellent economic development: investment and innovation promotion, location search, land brokerage and much more
Learn more on our website production at the port.

Bremerhaven as a maritime logistics centre

As Europe’s fourth-largest container terminal complex with the highest volume of automobiles handled in Europe, Bremerhaven is a world-leading port. Another core competence lies in the distribution of time-critical and temperature-controlled goods.

The most modern handling facilities, ideal overseas and hinterland connections, unequalled logistical know-how, a superior network of highly specialized logistics and port service providers, coupled with excellent possibilities for training and further education – all these add up to optimum conditions.

The offshore industry, for which reliable supply and disposal through sea shipping is simply indispensable, has long been relying on Bremerhaven as both a place of production and a logistics location. The Columbus Cruise Center, one of the most modern and efficient passenger terminals for cruise ships in the world, further extends the performance spectrum of the ports.

Overview of the port services

  • Container handling including all services for the box, such as container leasing, repair, container packing, depot storage, organization of hinterland transport etc.
  • Organization and execution of pre- and on-carriage in container transportation
  • Automobile handling with related upstream and downstream services
  • Handling of non-containerized general cargo, RoRo transhipping
  • Transhipment, storage and handling of temperature-controlled goods
  • Storage and handling of food and semi-luxury goods, such as coffee, cocoa, tea, tobacco, spices and other natural products
  • Contract logistics, project logistics
  • Offshore logistics
  • Cruise logistics


Located directly on a deep waterway, Bremerhaven with its harbours in the north and the south of the city offers optimum conditions for container and automotive logistics, the logistics of temperature-controlled commodities, offshore wind energy and also logistics for the outfitting of cruise ships.

Below you will find a brief overview of Bremerhaven’s ports and their infrastructure.

Car terminals

Kaiserhafen II & III

Quay length: 3 020 m
Water depth: 10.5 – 11.0 m
Total area: 963 000 m²
of this, covered area: 360 000 m²
15 berths for car carriers


Quay length: 900 m
Water depth (bei mittlerem Niedrigwasser): 11.0 m
Outdoor area: 470 000 m²
Covered storage area: 20 000 m²


Quay length: 1 200 m
Water depth: 10.5 m

Car transhipment: about 2 million vehicle units per year

Container terminal

Quay length: 4 930 m = 14 berths for mega container carriers
Area: about 3 million m²
Covered storage area: 30 000 m²
Refrigerated area: 8 000 m²
Container throughput: Capacity for up to 8 million TEU per year
Water depth: 12.8 m non-tidal / 14.5 m tide-dependent


Quay length: 7.000 m
Water depth: up to 8.1 m
Industrial area: approx. 300 hektar
Frozen storage capacities: 162 000 m³ (commercial), 336 000 m³ (operational)

Fruit terminals

Verbindungshafen and Columbuskaje

Quay length: 600 m
Total area: 68 000 m² + 26 000 m²

BLG Coldstore

Storage capacity: 33 000 europallets

Cruise terminal

Quay length: 500 m directly in front of the cruise terminal (as part of the 1 100 m long Columbuskaje)
Water depth: 9.3 m
Number of passengers 2011: approx 51 000
Ship departures 2011: about 42


  • Parking for about 400 cars right at the terminal, with another 500 spaces within 1 000 m
  • Direct rail connection for special and charter trains
  • Modern passenger building
  • Baggage transport and loading system
  • 3 telescopic gangways
  • 2 gantry cranes (up to 8 t)

Heavy Load Terminal Labradorhafen

Quay length: 1,132 metres with two to three berths
Jack-up: Directly in front of the heavy-load platform.
Heavy loads: Heavy-load platforms are 100 metres long by 16 metres wide, and 1,132 metres long by 15 metres wide (in some sections up to 60 metres wide), and can bear up to 70kN/m².
Water depth: 7.6 metres


Heavy Load Terminal ABC-Halbinsel

Operator: BLG Logistics Group
Logistics Area: 10 hectares
Quay length: Two berths
Jack-up: Directly in front of the heavy-load platform
Heavy loads: The heavy-load platform can bear up to 20 tonnes/m² and components can be handled weighing up to 1,000 tonnes.
Water depth: 10.5 to 11 metres
Lock dimensions: 305 metres (length) and 55 metres (width)


Industrial Areas

The seaside city gives the logistics sector a great amount of leeway, industry clusters for “docking onto” and – most importantly – plenty of site potential at a prime position unequalled on the North and Baltic Sea.

In the northern part of the city, directly adjacent to the container terminal and the Überseehafen basins, there is the centre for logistics and port-related industry: the LogInPort industrial area.

With a total area of 306 hectares, it offers the best environment for logistics operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Short distances and rapid turnaround times are decisive factors for contract logistics, container stuffing and co-packing, and procurement, warehouse and distribution logistics.

Because the well-proportioned plots at attractive prices together with the modern logistics properties and office buildings that are ready for occupancy have been fine-tuned to the needs of the clients, a rapid project kick-off is possible.

Your benefits:

  • 306 ha (gross area) industrial zone for logistics and port-related services
  • Areas available immediately for new settlement and expansion in the immediate vicinity of Europe’s fourth-largest container port and Europe’s largest automobile transhipment hub
  • Numerous scheduled services throughout the world as well as direct access to the Baltic states, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia through feeder services
  • Direct access to the railway network of DB
  • A27 motorway only about 6 km away; approach road right at the site
  • Airport Bremen can be reached in approx. 45 minutes by car
  • Operation possible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • High-speed communication network (155 Mbit/sec) available
  • Development plans approved (GRZ 0.7 – 0.8 / BMZ 7.0 - 10.0)
  • Purchase price in euro/m²: 25.00 to 60.00 euro
  • Leasehold currently in euro/m² p.a. 2.10 to 4.20 euro
  • Modern office buildings and logistics real estate available immediately



The worlds of commerce, science, politics and administration all work hand in hand at the logistics location Bremerhaven. The existing networks help both resident firms and newcomers to the seaside city in finding partners, representing joint interests, identifying synergies – for example at conferences and trade fairs – or in qualifying themselves further in seminars or on study tours.

Links to the networks


Wind Energy Agency (WAB)

Kieserling Foundation


The excellent array of scientific institutes, universities and training facilities in Bremerhaven and Bremen round off the profile of Bremerhaven as a prime location for port and logistic services.

The qualification portfolio ranges from Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, which is widely recognized in the industry for its high academic standard, up to various highly competent scientific institutions successfully engaged in research and development in the field of modern logistics management.

These include above all the renowned Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), the Institute for Logistics Law and Risk Management (ILRM), the Hazardous Goods and Hazardous Substances Information Centre (GGIZ) and the Association of Business Engineers in Transportation (VdWT).

Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL)

Institute for Logistics Law and Risk Management (ILRM)

Hazardous Goods and Hazardous Substances Information Centre (GGIZ)

Association of Business Engineers in Transportation (VdWT) - in German


Logistics courses at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences:

Transport Engineering / Logistics (Bachelor of Engineering/B.Eng.)

Logistics Engineering and Management (Master of Science/M.Sc.)

Integrated Safety and Security Management (Master of Science/M.Sc.)

Contact person

Property marketing / commercial real estate
Matthias Pautzke

Fon: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-320
Fax: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-690


Head marketing/acquisition
Insa Rabbel

Fon: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-926
Fax: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-690


Property marketing / commercial real estate
Rita Jane Weinhold

Fon: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-630
Fax: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-690



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