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Economic Development

Locational Advantages

With a population of 114 000, Bremerhaven is the largest city on the North Sea coast and fulfils vital functions for the region as a whole.

Bremerhaven originated as a port location, but is developing more and more into an important maritime competence centre for Europe.

As the fourth-largest European container port, automobile transhipment hub No. 1 in Europe, Germany’s premier fish processing centre, heart of the offshore wind energy industry, innovative location for maritime technology, research and development site with scientific facilities of national and international renown and, not least, as a prominent destination for maritime tourism, Bremerhaven offers plenty of “docking points”.

The people in Bremerhaven are used to thinking in a maritime and cosmopolitan way. Every day, a well-trained workforce moves commodities from all over the globe, applies its know-how in handling sensitive foodstuffs, builds the largest offshore wind turbines, and engages in research and develop for the world of tomorrow.

Space for growth

Attractive commercial sites close to deep water are rare. Bremerhaven has set itself the goal of supporting enterprises that wish to grow at their existing sites in the city or that wish to choose Bremerhaven as a new starting point for their economic activities. With this in mind, we are constantly advancing our commercial sites to meet tomorrow’s needs.

Location and infrastructure

The efficient harbours in Bremerhaven connect the seaside city with the major ports of the world. Regular European feeder transports from and to Bremerhaven provide a link to Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic states.

Excellent connections to the hinterland via motorway, rail and inland waterways offer many locational advantages.

Over five junctions, the road vehicles from Bremerhaven are rapidly brought onto the A27 motorway and into Europe’s interurban road network. The development of Cherbourger Strasse (port tunnel) will create a highly effective connection from the Überseehafen international harbours to the motorway. The Weser Tunnel, 25 km south of Bremerhaven, represents an important new connection westwards. With the planned construction of the coastal motorway A20, another strong transport artery will arise as an east-west corridor.

By rail, Bremerhaven is connected on the one hand with the entire railway network of Deutsche Bahn (DB) via the dual-track line to Bremen. In addition, the private EVB maintains a direct line to Hamburg-Neugraben for container and passenger transport.

Through the Lower Weser, Bremerhaven is linked to the European inland waterway system.

With the airport Luneort, Bremerhaven has its own air connection for business and private aircraft. Airport Bremen (50 minutes by car from Bremerhaven) offers a connection to the entire international flight network, with direct flights to almost all European and German destinations.

All residential areas and commercial zones are served at close intervals practically right around the clock by local public transport.

Short distances

When we in Bremerhaven speak of “short distances”, we do not only mean the transport infrastructure. In both Bremerhaven and the State of Bremen, the distances to politicians, administration, associations, networks, and education and scientific institutions are also short and direct.

BIS views itself as being an active facilitator and mediator. For extensions and relocation projects, we get everyone around the table at an early stage, discuss the objectives and problems, and together find solutions. These are the short distances that really count.

Innovative Bremerhaven

The close dovetailing of industry, science and education is a core issue of future development. Closeness and cooperation with local enterprises is a matter of course for the scientific and educational facilities in Bremerhaven. Many innovation projects have been implemented in recent years – thanks in no small degree to the support from BIS. 

Bremerhaven is recognized as having an above-average number of scientific institutions.

These top-class facilities include:

  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
  • Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology
  • Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL)
  • Institute of Wind Energy at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences
  • Technology Transfer Centre (ttz) Bremerhaven
  • vonThünen Institute for Fisheries
  • Institute for Marine Resources (IMARE)
  • Centre for Aquaculture Research (ZAF)
  • German Shipping Museum (DSM)

Taken together with Bremen’s scientific landscape, this constitutes an excellent innovation cluster for the State of Bremen. Come and see for yourself.

More for the money

Bremerhaven also scores in comparison to other large German cities as far as the cost of living and residential property is concerned. Waterfront living is very much in demand – and Bremerhaven has a lot to offer in this regard.

Short distances to the workplace are also a top priority – quality of life in a city with much to offer and in which you do not spend your life on the road.

Culture and events

With some two million one-day guest and overnight guests a year, Bremerhaven has developed over the past few years into a maritime tourist destination of the very top rank.

In the Havenwelten quarter, the Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost, the German Emigration Center, the German Shipping Museum, the Historical Museum and the Zoo am Meer transform any stay in the seaside city into a special experience. A three-genre theatre, the Kunstmuseum in the vicinity, and the Conference Center are all part of this, as are also the numerous events, such as the international windjammer festival Sail, the maritime Festival Week ...

Enjoy the walks on the dike, a day tour to Heligoland, a visit to the other islands, or cycle outings in the pleasant surrounding countryside.

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