The Port of Krems sits where the Danube and Krems rivers meet in northeastern Austria. It is home to the 13th Century Stadtburg fortress. With a long tradition of wine-producing, several well-known wineries are located there, attracting wine connoisseurs from all over Europe during the fall harvest time. The Port of Krems is a regional market and service center with chemical and metal industries. In 2006, almost 24 thousand people lived there.
People have inhabited the area around the Port of Krems for thousands of years, as evidenced by the 27,000-year old child's grave found there. The city was first mentioned in 995 AD, and it was almost as big as Vienna in the 11th and 12th Centuries.
The Port of Krem's city center is an historic treasure, and its citizens preserve the historic buildings there with loving care. In 1975, Krems was recognized as a "Model City for Historic Preservation," and it was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2000.
Established in 1939, Mierka Donauhafen Krems (MDC) manages the Port of Krems. In the 1940s, development was limited due to World War II, and grains were the principal cargo handled. In the 1950s, expansions began. A sugar beet refinery was built, and the port became commercially active. Storage space was added in the 1960s, when trade with the Middle East was developed. Krems ports was extended in the 1970s, and the 1980s saw the addition of open and covered storage space and the increase of ship-to-land cargo handling. The railway was extended and cargo-handling equipment was added. The Danufert Handels Ges.m.b.H. fertilizer terminal was opened in 1985, and the first transshipments took place on the north quay in 1989.
In 1992, the City of Krems signed a contract to develop the north shore into a market-oriented transport center, and a six thousand square meter warehouse was added to the port's facilities. Increased activity at the Port of Krems led to the construction of a new 10-thousand square meter raw material warehouse for loose goods in 1995.
In 1997, more than one million tons of goods were handled in the port of Krems. In 1999, a bulk goods hall with capacity for eight thousand cubic meters of cargo was constructed on the south shore, and the storage area for containers was increased by 30 thousand square meters in 2000. A new storage hall covering two thousand square meters was added to the Port of Krems in 2003, and a two-thousand square meter construction hall was opened in 2004. In 2005, the Port of Krems completed a 360-meter extension of dock two and a 7100-square meter storage hall at the northern dock.
In 2006, cargo-handling volume achieved an all-time high, with almost 1.7 million tons of cargo passing through the Port of Krems. New rail tracks were added, and construction began on a new biodiesel plant in 2007.