Bremenports (German) has managed the Bremen/Bremerhaven Port Group on behalf of the City of Bremen since 2002. Bremenports is responsible for operation and maintenance of Port of Bremerhaven infrastructure that includes 33.9 kilometers of quays, 186 kilometers of port rail tracks, 56 bridges, 5 locks, and over 9 kilometers of docks. Bremenports also manages port lands, including customer services, previously managed by the Bremen Port Authority. Finally, Bremenports markets the Port of Bremerhaven under the brand "Bremenports Bremen/Bremerhaven."
Together, the Ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven offer comprehensive cargo-handling and logistics services hard to match elsewhere in Europe. Most of the port facilities serving the City of Bremen are located in the Port of Bremerhaven. The Port of Bremerhaven offers the world's biggest closed turnover area for containers.
In 2008, the Port of Bremerhaven handled a total of 74.5 million tons of cargo, including almost 65 million tons of general cargo and 9.5 million tons of bulk cargo. Of this total, 38.8 million tons were imports, and 35.7 million tons were exports. The Port of Bremerhaven handled almost 54.7 million tons of containerized cargo in more than 5.4 million TEUs. The Port of Bremerhaven also handled almost 2.1 million vehicles in 2008, including over 1.2 million exports and almost 800.8 thousand imports.
The Port of Bremerhaven specializes in handling containers and automobiles. The Port of Bremerhaven has capacity to handle almost 5.5 million TEUs and 55 million tons of containerized cargo per year. The Port of Bremerhaven boasts the fourth-largest container terminal in Europe and a five-kilometer long container quay with 14 berths that can accommodate mega-container vessels. With an operating area of about 90 hectares, the new container terminal 4 has 3.2 thousand meters of quay with capacity to handle over seven million TEUs.
The Port of Bremerhaven has capacity annual for over two million units of automobiles, and it offers storage space for 120 thousand cars, including covered area for 45 thousand cars. The Port of Bremerhaven includes 15 berths dedicated to car carriers.
The Port of Bremerhaven invested over 20 million Euros to convert the 40-year-old Columbus Railway Station into the new modern Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven. The new terminal treats arriving passengers to shops, restaurants, and great views of the ships traveling the Outer Weser River. In 2002, only 53 cruise ships carrying about 50 thousand passengers called at the Port of Bremerhaven. In 2008, the Port of Bremerhaven served more than 127 thousand passenger trips and 91 cruise vessels.