The Port of Kiel (German) owns the public facilities and infrastructure and is responsible for developing and maintaining the port. It also operates the public railway company. SEEHAFEN KIEL Stevedoring GmbH, which belongs to the Federal State Capital of Kiel, provides warehousing and cargo-handling services. KombiPort Kiel GmbH (German) operates the intermodal facility.
The Port of Kiel is one of Germany’s most cost-effective and versatile Baltic Sea ports. With depths suitable for ocean-going vessels and direct road and rail links, it is an important center for handling goods and passengers.
The Port of Kiel contains over five thousand meters of quays along the fjord that can support almost any size of vessel. It offers ample cargo-handling and storage space. In 2007, the Port of Kiel handled 5.3 million tons of cargo, 1.6 million ferry and cruise passengers, and 114 cruise vessels.
The Port of Kiel has terminals at Norwegenkai, Schwedenkai, the Bollhornkai-Nord, the Ostseekai, the Sartorikai, and the Bollhornkai-Sud, all of which make up the Stadhafen (state port). The port covers 426 thousand square meters and includes 25 thousand square meters of warehouses. Silos have capacity to store 120 thousand tons, and there are seven roll-on/roll-off berths. Port depths at the quays range from 8.5 to 11.5 meters.
Nordhafen is an industrial site within the Port of Kiel. It has a tri-modal facility with 970 meters of quay-side rails, silos with capacity for 77 thousand tons, and over 15 thousand square meters of free-standing area. Located directly on the Kiel Canal, Nordhafen can serve inland and ocean-going transport, and it is near the Kiel-Wik industrial park.
The Scheerhafen, at the entrance to the Kiel Canal, is the city’s Wik district. Supporting self-loading bulk vessels, it contains quays of 300 meters with alongside depth to 9.5 meters. It offers 8 thousand square meters of open storage, 1.4 thousand square meters of covered sheds, and fuel depots with capacity for 36 thousand cubic meters.
The Kiel Canal Harbors are near the Holtenau Lock at the Canal’s entrance. These facilities serve bulk cargoes, imports of oil and building materials, and exports of agricultural produce.
The Port of Kiel contains three passenger terminals, the Norwegenkai, Schwedenkai, and Ostseekai. The Cruise Terminal at Ostseekai is the main cruise terminal, serving over 100 cruise vessels and 200 thousand passengers each year. Located in the city center, it is a modern terminal with excellent facilities for both passengers and vessels. With two piers and gangways, it has quays of 500 meters with alongside depth of up to ten meters. The terminal can serve three thousand passengers at the same time.
The Port of Kiel also serves a busy passenger service in ferry traffic to Russia and the Baltic states. Located in the Ostuferhafen district, regular shipping services link the port to Klaipeda, St. Petersburg, and Kaliningrad. The ferry terminal offers ten berths, roll-on/roll-off facilities, an intermodal terminal, and generous warehouse and open storage space.