“Largest 45 Ports in Germany”

Find The Busiest German Ports

Germany is a country of north-central Europe, located in between the Baltic and the North Sea. The country serves as one of the biggest shipping and industrial countries – hubs for all kinds of cargo. As the 4th-largest economy, German seaports represent a relevant role in the import-export trade in the country.

Germany ports are situated in over 21 locations along the German coast.  The Government of Germany operates these ports and the port authority of Germany runs the port (manage and maintain the waterways in the country).

On this page, you will find the top 45 list of German ports in terms of container throughput, thus, you will get to know more information on each port. It includes port service, details, and advantages.

Port of Hamburg
Port of Hamburg
Mattentwiete 2 Hamburg D - 20457 Germany

Port of Hamburg is one of the largest seaport in Germany, situated in the middle of the North Sea and Baltic Sea. It is also the second biggest container port in Europe and ranks 11th biggest in the world.

  • TEU: 9,300,000 container volume (2014)
  • 3RD busiest port in Europe
  • 15th largest worldwide
  • Largest cargo facility
  • Occupies an area of 73.99km and 43.31 kilometers land areas
  • A universal port that can handle all kinds of goods
  • Offers a variety of services; handling cargo, customs clearance, quality control, storage, and packing or distribution
  • Has three hundred twenty berths available at the port
  • Provide 27 container gantries, modern twin-forty container cranes that can load and unload two 40-foot containers in a single movement
Port of Bremen-Bremerhaven
Port of Bremen-Bremerhaven
Hansestadt Bremisches Ueberseetor 2. Bremen Germany

Port of Bremen-Bremerhaven is the most important universal port in Europe. These twin ports provide services that complement each other.

  • TEU: 5,500,000
  • 16TH largest container port in the world
  • 4th largest in Europe
  • Ports handle every possible kind of freight, containers, cars, general and bulk cargo, dangerous goods to project cargo
  • Port facilities focus on handling conventional, general, and high and heavy cargo, and bulk goods
Port of Rostock
Port of Rostock
Ost-West-Straße 32, 18147 Rostock, Germany

The Port of Rostock is a large german port on the Baltic sea. It is the leading port of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

  • TEU: 28,800,000
  • Ports infrastructure owned by the Rostock Port GmbH
  • 4th largest port in German
  • Yearly handled; approximately 8,900 vessels, 21,010,000 passengers and 23,700,000 tons of cargo
  • Maximum vessel size; LOA 295 meters, beam 45 meters, draught 1.0 meters
Port of Kiel
Port of Kiel
Schwedenkai 1, 24103 Kiel, Germany

Port of Kiel is an outstanding port for passenger and cargo shipping. It is also one of the most versatile ports in the Baltic region.

  • TEU: 23,489 container volume (2020)
  • Ports landscape location, depth for maritime vessels, and its direct connection to the national rail and road can captivate cargo and passenger traffic
  • Modern facilities, high-quality service allow an individual approach
  • 3rd busiest port of Germany for international passenger traffic
Port of Wilhelmshaven
Port of Wilhelmshaven
Niederlassung Wilhelmshaven

Port of Wilhelmshaven is the only deepwater port mainly for tankers. It is located in the middle of the rivers Ems and Weser, on the western banks of the Jade delta.

  • TEU: 2,700,000 yearly
  • Include two sections; outer deep water port for transshipment bridges, and inner port separate from tides positioned behind the dual-chamber sea lock
  • Leading transshipment for crude oil, petroleum products, coal, and chemical products
  • Has modern quay facilities for the carrier of bulk cargo, containers, refrigerated cargo, food, general cargo, and project shipments
  • Handled per year; around 1,260 vessels, 1,100 passengers and 40,310,000 tons of cargo
  • Max size: LOA 350 meter, beam 52 meter, draught 20.0 meter (arrival) 19.0 meter(departure)
Port of Duisburg-Ruhrort
Port of Duisburg-Ruhrort
Alte Ruhrorter Str. 42 - 52 Duisburg 47119 Germany

The Port of Duisburg-Ruhrort is the largest river harbor in the world. It is situated on the Rhine around fifteen kilometers north of Dusseldorf.

  • TEU: 1,820,000
  • Handle; dry and liquid bulk, breakbulk, concentrate on cargo, containers, and tankers
  • Comprise a number of docks and cargo receiving area
  • Chief inland shipping port in Germany
  • A largest inland port in the world for all public and private port amenities
  • Facilities consist covered storage ranging 1,500,000 meter
Port of Emden
Port of Emden
Friedrich-Naumann-StraBe 7 - 9 Emden D - 26725 Germany

Port of Emden is the third-largest port in Germany and the largest sea locks which control around the clock. It is a state-of-the-art and highly productive port.

  • TEU: 13,100
  • One of the busiest and the extensive tide-free inland port
  • Provide a functional logistic system like ro-ro ramps and siding
  • Primary transport products; motor vehicles, forest products, and wind turbines
  • Quay length of nine-kilometer and 730-hectare total area
  • Imports; all types of forestry products, liquid chalk, liquid gas, vehicles, building materials, etc
  • Cargo handled 4, 990,000 tons yearly
Lubeck Port
Lubeck Port
Hauptverwaltung Postfach 22 35

Lubeck Port is one of the biggest harbors on the Baltic sea. It is located in the Baltic around eight kilometres southwest of Travemunde at the convergence of the rivers Trave and Wakenitz.

  • TEU: 117,000 container
  • Obtainable berths with depth up to 6.0-9.5 meters
  • Around 6,230 vessels, 31, 700,000 tons of cargo, and 291,320 passengers handled per year
  • Accommodation to several industries also food processing, metal works, and ship-building
Port of Frankfurt am Main
Port of Frankfurt am Main
Lindleystrasse 14 Frankfurt 60314 Germany

Port of Frankfurt am Main is Germany’s fifth-largest city and the largest city in the state of Hessem. It is located on the river main, thirty kilometers from its connection with the Rhine.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Port trade-in: general cargoes, wet and dry bulks
  • Annually handled; six million tons of cargo and four thousand vessels
  • Max vessel size; around 4,000t
  • Water depth 2.9 meters, of the east harbor,  river harbor has 2.6 meter depth
Port of Brunsbuttel
Port of Brunsbuttel
Elbehafen, 25541 Brunsbüttel, Germany

Port of Brunsbuttel is situated at the mouth of the Elbe Estuary at the west end of the Keil Canal.

  • TEU: 26,255
  • Comprise of four harbors; main harbor is directly on the Elbe River, the three harbors are inside the Keil Canal
  • Primary cargo handled; crude oil, liquid gas, large  sort of bulk commodities
  • Port manage all traffic entering and leaving the port
  • Tidal and non-tidal areas separately where a variety of commercial cargoes are handled
JadeWeserPort
JadeWeserPort
26388 Wilhelmshaven, Germany

JadeWeserPort is Germany’s largest harbor project. It is situated at  Wilhelmshaven at the Jade Bight, a bay on the North Sea coast.

  • TEU: 2,700,000 annually
  • Natural water depth beyond 18 meters
  • Port area comprises container handling zone, logistic zone, and major railway installations
  • Has 16 main cranes for loading and unloading of ships
Port of Cologne
Port of Cologne
Harry-Blum-Platz 2 Cologne 50678 Germany

The Port of Cologne extend along fifteen kilometers of the River Rhine and is situated around seven hundred kilometers from the north sea

  • TEU: N/A
  • Trade-in barge traffic and a huge variety of cargoes
  • Yearly cargo handled approximately 7,500,000 tons
Port of Essen
Port of Essen
Essen, Germany

Port of Essen, a port in Germany strategically located in the central, after Dortmund.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Draught – 15.3 m
  • Overall (LOA) – 366.45 m, 48.27 m width

 

Port of Heidelberg
Port of Heidelberg
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Port of Heidelberg IS A Neckar River cruise port. Coordinates 49.413145° / 8.704862°.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Population around 150,000
  • Consistently include in the schedules of Europe’s largest river cruise companies
Port of Mannheim
Port of Mannheim
Rheinvorlandstrasse 5 Mannheim 68159 Germany

The Port of Mannheim is situated on the rivers Rhine and Neckar.

  • TEU: 87,200
  • Accommodates all vessels navigate the river
  • Contain dry Vargo, LPG, chemical tankers, and container vessels
  • Has four harbour areas; : Altrhein, Industriehafen, Handelshafen and Rheinauhafen
  • Annual handled; around  7,913,800 tons of cargo, and 8,500 cargo vessels
Port of Regensburg
Port of Regensburg
Linzer Strasse 6, 93055 Regensburg

Port of Regensburg is a Danube River cruise port in Germany. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers regen, nab, and the Danube.

  • TEU: 87, 200
  • Bavaria’s largest city with 140,000 population
  • Can take in all vessels to navigate the river
  • Contain tons of dry cargo, chemical tankers, container vessels
Port of Wiesbaden
Port of Wiesbaden
Adolfsallee 11, 65185 Wiesbaden, Germany

Port of Wiesbaden is a rhine river cruise in Hessa and has a population of 290,000.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Coordinates at 50.028415° / 8.2544655°
  • Port provide excellent services
Port of Bamberg
Port of Bamberg
Hafenstraße 28, 96052 Bamberg, Germany

The Port of Bamberg occupies an area of about 96 hectares. It involves a two-port basin in the main Danube canal and as well as the facilities of freight port have a landing stage for river cruise ships.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Quays in the two harbor basin have 1900 meters in length
  • Main function; multimodal freight transport center
  • Cargo handles; agricultural products, stones, mineral oil, metal waste, containers, and general cargo
Port of Berlin
Port of Berlin
Berlin Germany

Port of Berlin is a medium-size port in Germany.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Coordinates: 52.51446° / 13.405535°
  • The port type is river port
Port of Blexen
Port of Blexen
Blexen Germany

Port of Blexen is a subport of Nordenham.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Provides bulk cargo and ro-ro quay
  • Main cargo; non-ferrous concentrates, airplane fuselages
  • Offer a huge area for potential expansion, rail connection covered warehousing and enabling a multitude of logistic activities
Port of Brake
Port of Brake
Brommystr. 2 Brake 26919 Germany

Port of Brake is situated in the middle of Bremen and Bremerhaven. It is a modern multi-functional port focusing on dry bulk and breaks bulk cargo.

  • TEU:2,330 yearly
  • The southern part of a port provides a facility for animal feedstock and grain
  • The northern section handles; forest products, iron, steel, project cargo, wind energy components, and sulfur
  • Handled annually; around 6,430,00 tons of cargo, 880
Port of Brandenburg an der Havel
Port of Brandenburg an der Havel
Brandenburg an der Havel, Brandenburg Germany

Port of Brandenburg a der Havel is a Havel River cruise port in Germany. It has a population of approx. 70,000.

  • TEU: N/A
  • The port type is river port
  • Port size; small
  • Navigable river, cruise ships has two choices route
Port of Braunschweig
Port of Braunschweig
Braunschweig, Lower Saxony Germany

Port of Braunschweig coordinates at 52° 18′ 54″ N 10° 29′ 3″ E.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Waterways System is Elbe River System, Ems River System, Weser River System
  • Port type: river port
Port of Butzfleth
Port of Butzfleth
Butzfleth Germany

Port of Butzfleth is positioned at the mouth of the River Elbe, on the west bank of Butzflether Sand.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Has six berths; one placed at the northwest quay, two at the north pier, and three at the Dow chemical terminal
  • Principal handled cargoes; bauxite, aluminum oxide, petcoke, ethylene, propylene, and carbon tetrachloride
  • Around five million tons of cargoes handled each year
CuxPort
CuxPort
Neufelder Schanze 4, 27472 Cuxhaven, Germany

CuxPort is a deep-water port and operates a multi-functional handling terminal of Cuxhaven.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Handled vehicles for automobile manufacturers
  • Port services; handling heavy goods, packaging, inland waterway shipping, technical support, project cargo, and excess dimensions
Port of Dresden
Port of Dresden
Dresden, Saxony Germany

The Port of Dresden is situated at the capital of Germany’s Saxony state and an Elbe river cruise port.

  •  TEU: N/A
  • Cruise ships and riverboats can anchor
  • The port type is river port
  • Port size: medium
Port of Eckernforde
Port of Eckernforde
Bornbrook 1. Eckernforde 24340. Germany

Port of Eckernforde is located on the  south west of Eckernforde Bight.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Outer harbor used for; fishing vessels, small commercial vessels, and local passenger craft
  • Inner harbor used primarily for pleasure craft
  • Yearly handled; ten thousand tons of general cargo, around one hundred twenty vessels, approx. seventy thousand tons of grain, and three hundred thousand of passenger
  • Maximum size; outer harbor max 5.0-meter draught, inner harbor max 3.0-meter draught
Port of Flensburg
Port of Flensburg
Rathaus Str 1/Am ZOB Flensburg 24937 Germany

Port of Flensburg occupies 119 hectares with a land area of about nine hectares. It is positioned at the head of Flensburg Fjord, sixteen kilometers from the Flensburger Foerde Buoy.

  • TEU: 826
  • Main cargoes handled; feedstuff, coal, fuel oil, fertilizers, grain, stone chips, and general cargo
  • Handled yearly; 200 vessels, 930,000 passengers, around 540,000 tons of cargo
  • Maximum size; draught 8.5meter
Port of Gluckstadt
Port of Gluckstadt
Im Neuland, 25348 Glückstadt, Germany

Port of Gluckstadt is administered by the Hafengesellschaft Brunsbuttel mbH. It is located on the east bank of the Elbe River, in the middle of Cuxhaven and Hamburg, approximately 27 kilometers from the open sea.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Comprise with two harbors; inner and outer and separated by ebb tide gates with passing width of 12.5 meters, length 90 meters, and a maximum draught of 4.5 meters
  • Around two hundred thousand tons of cargo are handled each year
Port of Hamm
Port of Hamm
Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany

Port of Hamm is the second biggest canal port in Germany. It is operated by the is Hafen Hamm GmbH, a subordinate of Stadtwerke Hamm GmbH.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Port was made as a parallel port to the Lippe and has a 3.4-kilometer quay length.
  • Occupies an area of approximately six hundred hectares and a fifty-seven-hectare water area
  • Principally handled; goods, coal, mineral oil, steel, metal, iron waste, and raw materials for processing steel industry
  • Other cargo managed; building materials, stone, ores, fertilizers, and chemical industry products
Port of Heiligenhafen
Port of Heiligenhafen
Heiligen 23774. Germany

The Port of Heiligenhafen is authorize by the Hafenamt Heiligenhafen. Its latitude: 54º 22′ 0” N/ Longitude: 10º 58′ 59” E.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Good shelter
  • Coastal breaker harbor type
  • Max. vessel size is up to five hundred feet in length
  • Water depth; channel 16-20ft 4.9-6.1 m, cargo pier 11-15ft 3.4-4.6m, anchorage 21-25ft 6.4-7.6m
Port of Helgoland
Port of Helgoland
Landungsbrucke Nummel Tower Helgoland

The Port of Helgoland is positioned at the center of the German Bight and is around sixty kilometers from the port of Busum.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Deals with; foreign trade, resort and has a local fishing industry
  • Contain a large-scale of sandstone rising almost raised to sixty meters height
  • Annual passenger handled is  about 385,000
Port of Husum
Port of Husum
Herzog Adolf Strasse 1 Husum 25813 Germany

Port of Husum is situated on the Schleswig-Holstein’s west coast. It is divided into the outside and inside port by a railway drawbridge.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Commercial vessels are only allowed in the outer port
  • Principally imports: agricultural produce and timber
  • Main exports: feeding stuff and manufactured goods
  • Handled each year: 330,000 tons of cargo, 4,000 passengers, and around 260 vessels
  • Vessels with LOA over 70 meters may have difficulty in turning
  • Maximum vessel size: LOA 120m, beam 18m, draught 4.2m
Port of Itzehoe
Port of Itzehoe
Gasstrasse 18. Itzehoe 25524. Germany

Port of Itzehoe is located on the river stor, which enters the Elbe around five kilometers below Gluckstad.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Imports; coal, timber, and grain
  • Exports; manufactured food, cement, and fertilizers
  • Maximum vessel size; LOA 82 meters, beam 12 meters, air draught 18.28 meters, draught 3.8 meters around 1,700DWT
Port of Kappeln
Port of Kappeln
Kappeln 24376. Germany

The Port of Kappeln is administered by the Hafenamt Kappeln. It can be found on the River Schlei which proceed into the Baltic.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Principal exports: grain, rapeseed
  • Main imports: fertilizers and feed pellets
  • Maximum vessel size: draught 4.2 meters
  • Handled largest vessel ( Amur) has 3,140 DWT, bulk carrier, draught 4.0 meters
Port of Kehl
Port of Kehl
Korperschaft des offen Rechts Hafenstrasse 19 Kehl am Rhein 77694 Germany

Port of Kehl provides superb infrastructure and all advantages of a modern inland port. It is situated on the east bank of the River Rhine, on the German border near Strasbourg.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Good facilities for general/bulk, container, tanker, and ro-ro cargoes
  • Handled per year; three thousand six hundred vessels and three million six hundred thousand tons of cargo
Port of Koblenz
Port of Koblenz
Peter-Altmeier-Ufer 50. Koblenz 56068. Germany

Port of Koblenz is a rhine river cruise port. Located seventy kilometers south of Bonn, at the confluence of the rivers Moselle and Rhine.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Authorized by the Stadtwerke Koblenz GmbH
  • Exports;  mineral waters and produces pianos, cardboard paper, machinery, auto parts, riverboats, and river barges
Port of Krefeld
Port of Krefeld
Oberstrasse 13. Krefeld Uerdingen 47829. Germany

The Port of Krefeld is the fourth-largest port in the north rhine-Westphalia. Approximately 145 kilometers from the open seaport situated on the river Rhine in the middle of Duisburg and Dusseldorf.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Handles over 3,200,000 million tons of goods annually
  • Mainly handled; chemicals and grain
  • Max size: draught 3.6 meters
Port of Ludwigshafen
Port of Ludwigshafen
Zollhofstrasse 4 Ludwigshafen 67061 Germany

Port of Ludwigshafen is the most efficient and one of the largest public ports, situated on the west bank of the river Rhine near Mannheim. Around five hundred kilometers from the open sea.

  • TEU: 63 500
  • Occupies one hundred twenty hectares for handling raw materials, and finished products processed
  • Port handles; oil products, chemicals, aggregates, and general cargo
  • Ranging 7,600,000 million tons handled per year
Port of Magdeburg
Port of Magdeburg
Saalestraße 20, 39126 Magdeburg, Germany

The Port of Magdeburg consists of four ports used for handling cargo. It is the most important and one of the largest inland ports in Germany.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Consist of four ports; commercial port, Industriehafen terminal, canal port, and Hanseatic port
  • Principal products handled; grain sugar containers, metals, steel scrap, and petroleum products
  • It has storage space for dangerous goods, paves and unpaved, and heavy-duty area
  • Port occupies 655 hectares including water with 14 kilometers in bank length
  • Ranging 115 hectares of accommodation area for industrial companies
Port of Osnabruck
Port of Osnabruck
Osnabruck, Lower Saxony Germany

Port of Osnabruck coordinates at  52° 17′ 39″” N/ 8° 1′ 39″” E.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Port type is river port
  • Occupies almost 100 hectares in Osnabrück Hafen district
  • Handled 629,000 tons on 2010
Port of Sassnitz
Port of Sassnitz
Im Fährhafen, Neu Mukran 20, 18546 Sassnitz, Germany

Port of Sassnitz is a combination of two ports ( muskrat and Sassnitz) are the largest ferry Port and the easternmost deep water port in Germany. It is located on the east coast of Ruegan island, opening to the Baltic Sea in northeast Germany.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Ports main industries; ferry and cruise services, grain, mineral mixtures, general cargo, timber, and gravel
  • Yearly cargo handled is around 5,300,000 tons
  • Maximum vessel size; mukran; no LOA restrictions, draught 8.0 meters, beam 30 meters, Sassnitz: draught 7.6 meters
Port of Stralsund
Port of Stralsund
Hafenstraße 20, 18439 Stralsund, Germany

Port of Stralsund is located on the Baltic coast. It is protected by Ruegen island. It is open all year and shelter with an ice breaker.

  • TEU: 8,400
  • Worldwide port for handling conventional general cargo and bulk goods
  • High-quality steel and metal handling center for German and European maritime industry
  • A paradise for river cruisers and deep-sea cruise vessels
  • Around 1 million tons of cargoes handled each year
Port of Travemunde
Port of Travemunde
Stena Line Skandinavienkai Zum Hafenplatz 1. D-23570. Lübeck. Travemünde

Port of Travemunde is a cargo, ferry, and cruise port for Lubeck and is situated at the mouth of Trave River.

  • TEU: N/A
  • One of the largest ferry ports in Europe
  • Quay – 2,065 meters
Port of Weserport
Port of Weserport
Weserport Germany

Port of Weserport manages 4 terminals in the industrial ports area of Bremen. It is an independent port service provider.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Connected to the European inland waterways system along the River Weser
  • Handled approximately 8.9 million tons of goods shipped by the sea on 2008
  • Principal goods handling is enlarged by freight and clearance services and organizing of complete transport chains
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