The Port of Bremen actually contains two ports: Bremen and Bremerhaven. Together, they are called the Bremenports. Combined, these two ports handle just about any cargo you can imagine: containers, bulk goods, automobiles, project cargo, and hazardous goods. The Port of Bremerhaven handles about 80% of the cargo, including containers.
Together, the Port of Bremen and the Port of Bremerhaven include 33.9 kilometers (54.7 miles) of quays, 186 kilometers (300 miles) of port railway tracks, 56 bridges, 5 locks, and 9.1 kilometers (14.7 miles) of dikes.
Since 2002, Bremenports has managed the Port of Bremen and Bremerhaven for the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Bremenports is responsible for engineering, facility operations, structural maintenance, land management, and port marketing. Bremenports' headquarters is located in Bremerhaven, and there is a branch office in the Port of Bremen. The City of Bremen is a limited partner in Bremenports, and Bremenports Beteiligungs GmbH is a general partner.
Cargo statistics for the Port of Bremen and the Port of Bremerhaven are generally reported together. In 2010, the total number of vessels arriving at Bremenports was 7,136. This included more than 3.7 thousand container ships and 1.2 thousand general cargo ships. Together, these two vessel types represented 70% of all arriving vessels and 66% of all cargo (in gross tons). The remaining vessel types included roll-on/roll-off ships and ferries (777), bulk carriers (544), car ships (379), tankers (244), and passenger ships (27).
The combined Port of Bremen and Port of Bremerhaven handled a total of 4,876 TEUs holding over 51.9 million gross tons of containerized cargo. Bremerhaven is the primary port for containers: the Port of Bremen handled only 17 TEUs carrying 105 gross tons of cargo in 2010.
The Port of Bremen and the Port of Bremerhaven handled a total of almost 16.3 million tons of non-containerized commodities. The leading cargoes, by volume, were ores and metal waste (4.5 million tons); iron, steel, and non-ferrous metals (2.7 million tons); solid mineral fuels (1.7 million tons); petroleum products (1.4 million); and minerals and building materials. Other non-containerized cargoes included agricultural products, foodstuffs, animal fodder, chemical products, and fertilizers. Of the 16.3 million tons of non-containerized cargoes, 11.1 million tons were imports, and 5.8 million tons were exports.
The Port of Bremen handled 13.2 million tons of cargo in 2010, including 8.9 million tons of bulk cargoes and 4.3 million tons of general cargoes. Of this, 9.8 million tons were imports and 3.4 million tons were exports.
There is a distinct division of labor between the Port of Bremen and the Port of Bremerhaven. At Bremerhaven, container vessels, refrigerated fruit vessels, and car carriers account for about 80% of all freight traveling through the ports. The Port of Bremen in Bremen City specializes in conventional breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes (like wood and wood products, steel and steel products, and project cargo) and bulk commodities (like coal, grain, and ores). Further, several logistics centers are located in the Port of Bremen.
The Port of Bremen is 66 nautical miles upriver on the River Weser from the North Sea. The Port of Bremen contains several major sections. The facilities on the Port of Bremen's west bank include Neustädter Hafen, logistics centers, the high-bay warehouse, and the freight village. Industriehafen is on the right bank of the river. Also on the west bank of the River Weser are the trading ports for industry, grain, and timber. Hemelinger Hafen was added on the River Weser beginning in 1968 to keep pace with the increasing volumes of barge traffic in the Port of Bremen. Today, the Port of Bremen handles about 20% of Bremenports' total throughput.
The Port of Bremen's Neustadt Harbor is one of Northern Europe's most important locations for conventional piece goods. Neustadt terminals in the Port of Bremen specialize in conventional cargoes including project cargo, steel products and pipe, forest products, and industrial goods. The Port of Bremen's Neustadt terminals also handle containers and heavy cargo up to 550 tons.
The quays at the Port of Bremen's Neustadt Harbor total 2600 meters (8.5 thousand feet) with alongside depth of 11 meters (36.1 feet). Neustadt Harbor offers almost 52 acres (210 thousand square meters) of warehouse space and over 111 acres (450 thousand square meters) of open storage for both temporary and long-term storage. About two million tons of cargo is handled in this Port of Bremen area each year.
The Industriehafen (industrial port) in the Port of Bremen handles about 11 million tons of cargo every year. The Port of Bremen's multi-purpose industrial port is a critical component of the city's economy. Location of about 50 companies, the Industriehafen in the Port of Bremen handles almost half of the Port of Bremen's throughput.
The Port of Bremen's Industriehafen has 4150 meters (13.6 thousand feet) of quay with alongside depth of up to 10 meters (32.8 feet). Every year, some two thousand ocean-going vessels travel through the Port of Bremen's Industriehafen carrying bulk commodities like mineral oils, ores, construction materials, and waste. The harbor power plant uses a separate area for handling coal.
The Port of Bremen's Holz- and Fabrikenhafen (timber and factory harbor) receives cargoes by rail and ship from all over the world. Raw materials like grains, coffee, cocoa, and fishmeal are received, stored, or processed in Holzhafen in the Port of Bremen. Located on deep water and near the city center, Holzhafen is an excellent place for service providers, companies working on renewable energy, and production operations.
The Port of Bremen's Holz- and Fabrikenhafen contains quays of 2280 meters (7.5 thousand feet) in length with alongside depth of up to 10 meters (32.8 feet). The tri-modal container terminal in the Port of Bremen at Holzhafen handles, processes, and reloads containerized green coffee and cocoa to barges, trucks, and rail. The Port of Bremen's Holzhafen has capacity to store about 90 thousand tons of high-quality crude products in silos or warehouses.
Avangard MalzPort of Bremen AG, the biggest malting company in the country, operates four plants across Germany. At their plant and agribulk terminal in the Port of Bremen, Avangard MalzPort loads ocean-going vessels and receives barley supplies by barges and coasters from the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Niedersachsen (the barley-growing region nearby in Germany). This Port of Bremen plant has production capacity for 70 thousand metric tons of malt each year which is shipped to destinations in South and Central America, Asia, and Africa.
Bremer Rolandmühle Erling GmbH & Company KG (German language website) operates a mill in the Port of Bremen that is Europe's leading producer of corn flour products. The company also produces about 360 thousand tons of rye and wheat each year. One of their three mill sites is in thePort of Bremen where their agribulk terminal, with its seaport access, allows for the import of supplies and the export of finished products.
D. Wandel GmbH & Company KG (German language website) operates a grain terminal in the Port of Bremen with a 320-meter (almost 1.1 thousand foot) quay with alongside depth of up to 10.7 meters (35 feet). This Port of Bremen terminal has storage capacity for 135 thousand tons of grain.
BLG Cargo Logistics GmbH & Company KG (German language website) was born in 1877 from the Bremer Warehouse Company, a local stevedoring company in the Port of Bremen. In 1998, it became the BLG Logistics Group when, responding to globalization, the company restructured to offer international logistics services. In the Port of Bremen, the multi-purpose BLG Cargo Logistics terminal specializes in bulk cargoes.
BLG's New Town Harbor in the Port of Bremen is the biggest comprehensive terminal for conventional cargoes in Europe. On its west side is a quay of 1500 meters (4.9 thousand feet) with alongside depth of 10 meters (32.8 feet) where general, roll-on/roll-off, and container cargoes as well as forest products are handled. On the east side, its quay is 800 meters (2.6 thousand feet) long with alongside depth of 11 meters (36.1 feet). General and project cargoes, containers, and forest products are handled at Port of Bremen this quay.
This Port of Bremen terminal has a covered area of 64 acres (260 thousand square meters) and open space of 197.6 acres (800 thousand square meters). The Port of Bremen's BLG Cargo Logistics Terminal has from 10 to 14 berths and a wide range of cargo-handling equipment including 13 land cranes, 97 forklifts, 24 tractors, nine reach stackers, four empty container handlers, two floating cranes with capacity for up to 100 tons, one floating crane with capacity up to 650 tons, and a mobile harbor crane. The terminal is equipped with three container bridges, two for 80 tons and one for 45 tons. It also has a roll-on/roll-off ramp.
Rhenus Logtistics operates a multi-purpose and bulk terminal as Weserport GmbH in the Port of Bremen. The Rhenus Group is a global logistics service company with over 290 locations around the world. Its business areas include contract, freight, and port logistics and public transport.
Rhenus' Weserport in the Port of Bremen is a multi-functional terminal handling steel, project loads, forest products, and bulk goods. Terminal services include loading/unloading and clearance. A new container terminal is being constructed that will expand the company's operations in the Port of Bremen.
The Port of Bremen's G.H.K. Industriekonservierung (Industrial Preservation) GmbH & Company KG (German language website) is engaged in surface engineering and large-scale logistics for the steel industry. This Port of Bremen terminal specializes in two major areas: surface finishing of sheet metal, profiles, and formed components and integration of global logistics for steel and steel products. Company activities include finishing metals or formed products by electroplating, plating, polishing, anodizing, and coloring.
The almost five-acre multi-purpose G.H.K. terminal in the Port of Bremen receives raw materials and transfers them to their 150-thousand-ton capacity warehouse, freeing customers' storage capacity and adding flexibility to their operations.
The Port of Bremen's multi-purpose Hansa-Holz Wilh. Krüger GmbH (German language website) terminal supports the Hansa-Holz company's wood wholesale and import business. The Port of Bremen's Hansa Holz facility imports, distributes, and sells European soft- and hardwood, overseas timber, and panel products. Since 1953, the company has supported the construction and packaging industries, including carpenters and timber construction companies, with a variety of wood and wood composites. Hansa-Holz operates production facilities and piers in the Port of Bremen.
Hansakai Umschlagbetriebe (Transshippers) GmbH & Company KG (German language website) is located in the Port of Bremen. Originally a traditional cargo-handling company, Hansakai plays a major role today in container handling. Hansakai handles a variety of products at its multi-purpose terminal in the Port of Bremen that include cargoes like timber, green coffee, and pulp and paper. Receiving cargo on barges from Bremerhaven, this Port of Bremen terminal contains 500 meters (1.6 thousand feet) of quay, almost 10 acres (40 thousand square meters ) of covered warehouse, and 3.7 acres (15 thousand square meters) of open storage yards.
J. Müller Weser GmbH Company KG operates a multi-purpose tri-modal terminal in the Port of Bremen that handles container shipments traveling to/from Europe's major container terminals. For decades, J. Müller has supported Europe's coffee, cacao, and agricultural industries. The Port of Bremen is the entry point for the stocks of worldwide trade houses.
This Port of Bremen terminal has capacity to store 90 thousand tons of product in silos or flat storage. The company's services include port operations and commodity logistics from port to production facility (including tracing and tracking). Cargoes handled include cocao and coffee beans, grains, and feedstuff. J. Müller's services in the Port of Bremen include terminal handling, stevedoring, storage, ship's agency, freight-forwarding, tallying, lashing, and shipping via inland waterways. The company's state-of-the-art information technology and communications systems strengthen all of these services.
The holding company of Diersch & Schröder Group operates the Weser-Petrol Seehafentanklager (Seaport Tank Farm) GmbH & Company KG in the Port of Bremen. The Diersch & Schröder Group was founded in 1920 as a lubricant and mineral oil trading company. Today, it is a modern energy company with headquarters in the Port of Bremen.
Weser-Petrol owns and operates six tank storage facilities for biofuels and mineral oil products at three German locations, including the Port of Bremen. Weser-Petrol offers a total tank storage capacity of 372 thousand cubic meters (about three million barrels) and a wide range of transshipment equipment.
The Port of Bremen's Egerland Car Terminal GmbH & Company KG specializes in logistics services for new and used vehicles and imports and exports vehicles. The Egerland facility in the Port of Bremen handles roll-on/roll-off vessels of all sizes. The terminal serves ships that connect it with markets in Asia, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, Spain, France, and West Africa.
The Egerland Car Terminal in the Port of Bremen has a secure temporary storage yard of 49.4 acres (200 thousand square meters). In addition to vehicle handling, the Egerland Car Terminal offers a wide range of services that include painting, reconditioning, inspections that can be accomplished at the terminal's modern technology center before export as well as after import. This Port of Bremen terminal also offers seaport logistics, seaport clearance, and customs clearance services.
The freight village (Güterverkehrszentrum or GVZ) (German language website) in the Port of Bremen's Neustadt Harbor is the second busiest logistics center in Northern Europe and a model for many similar facilities in Germany and across the continent. The Port of Bremen has abundant rail connections, and the German National Railroad operates an important intermodal transfer station on the site.
The Port of Bremen's GVZ was Germany's first logistics distribution center. It covers about 1280 acres and contains more than 505 acres of warehouse space. Over 150 companies provide logistics services in the Port of Bremen's GVZ and employ a total workforce of over 8000 people.
The GVZ offers multi-modal transportation options in the Port of Bremen by water, rail, and road. Being near the city center and the airport, the Port of Bremen assures efficient and secure distribution of cargoes throughout Europe. The GVZ in the Port of Bremen covers an area of about 500 hectares and includes about 247 acres (1.2 million square meters) of storage space.
The Port of Bremen's GVZ is home to Europe's biggest high-bay warehouse where Germany's largest coffee company, Tchibo, receives handling, order-picking, and order processing services as part of the good distribution process. The Port of Bremen's high-bay warehouse in the GVZ has capacity for 200 thousand pallets. It has over seven acres (30 thousand square meters) of multi-purpose sheds and 14.8 acres (60 thousand square meters) in flat storage sheds.
Bremenports GmbH & Company KG plans, maintains, and builds new port railway facilities and industrial tracks on behalf of the City of Bremen. On the left bank of the River Weser are the Port of Bremen-Grolland railway station and the main industrial tracks for the GVZ. The Port of Bremen-Grolland railway segment contains 36.4 kilometers (58.7 miles) of rail tracks. The main industrial tracks for the GVZ include 23.9 kilometers (38.5 miles) of tracks and an intermodal Roland terminal with brake test equipment.
On the right bank of the River Weser are the Port of Bremen-Inlandshafen station and industrial tracks and the Port of Bremen-Hemelingen Werra/Fuldahafen station. The Bremen-Inlandshafen railway segment includes 79.6 kilometers (128.4 miles) of tracks and one locomotive parking area. The main industrial tracks for the Bremen-Helemingen segment (Werrahafen and Fuldahafen) are 7.5 kilometers (12.1 miles) long.