Key Facts and Figures

28.6 million tonnes of goods (gross) were handled in the port city of Rostock last year. This was 1.4 million tonnes or five percent more than in the year 2015. 26.8 million tonnes of freight passed the edge of the quay at Rostock overseas port alone. According to the port and shipping authority another 1.8 million tonnes were moved at the cargo and fishing port, the chemical port and other port facilities of the Hanseatic city.

All told, Rostock overseas port logged 8,120 port calls by ferry and ro-ro vessels, tankers, freighters and cruise liners last year, of which 6,175 port calls alone were made by ferry and ro-ro vessels.

At 26.8 million tonnes (gross) of goods handled in 2016, the companies at Rostock overseas port achieved the second best handling result in its almost 60-year history, recording a plus of an impressive seven percent compared to 2015.

As a result of the high growth rates at the overseas port Rostock did not only manage to defend its position as Germany's biggest Baltic Sea port in an impressive manner but even to strengthen it. Only in 2008 did the port handle more goods, at 27.2 million tonnes. Especially in the high-tonnage main cargo types of liquid, dry bulk as well as ferry and ro-ro cargo  remarkable increases were achieved.

Apart from detailed analyses of flows of goods and traffic it is in particular the numerous contacts with long-standing business partners which have allowed for a constructive exchange on the extension of business segments.  

In order to increase acceptance of the port also beyond its boundaries, especially among the residents of the Hanseatic city and its neighbouring communities, ROSTOCK PORT is pursuing focussed initiatives for renaturalization of areas and cultural sponsoring. The 2016 handling results highlight the importance and competitiveness of the port of Rostock for the Hanseatic city, the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Germany in a difficult market environment.

Ferry and roll-on/roll-off cargo

Once again the ferry and ro-ro traffic has shown itself to be the driver of growth in Rostock's port Business.

 

Handling of wheeled cargo, i.e. ferry and ro-ro goods again increased strongly. All told the amount went up by 1.3 million tonnes to 16 million tonnes (+9 percent on the previous year). The share of wheeled cargo in the total handling of Rostock seaport thus amounted to 60 percent last year.

 

Handling of wheeled cargo, i.e. ferry and ro-ro goods again increased strongly. All told the amount went up by 1.1 million tonnes to 14.7 million tonnes (+8 percent on the previous year). The share of wheeled cargo in the total handling of Rostock seaport thus amounted to 58 percent last year.

 

The number of truck units carried on the ferry and ro-ro connections to and from northern Europe increased from 326,051 in the year 2015 to 354,175 last year. So did the number of trailers handled, from 116,649 in the year 2015 to 122,352 last year.

 

The number of railway wagons carried to and from Trelleborg decreased slightly from 21,672 to 20,358.

 

The number of ferry passengers carried on the lines to Denmark, Sweden and Finland increased by 100,000 to 2.3 million travellers.

 

Continual growth in combined cargo handling

Combined cargo handling is a significant growth factor for the Rostock seaport.

For the first time just over two million tonnes of goods were moved at the Intermodal Transport Terminal in 2016. The number of trailer units handled increased from 69,824 in 2015 to 76,012 last year and thus by nine percent. The Intermodal Transport network was continuously consolidated and extended. Currently there are 36 intermodal trains operating weekly to and from Verona (13), Hamburg (5), Karlsruhe (5), Brno (4), Novara (3), Duisburg (5) and Wels (1).

Handling of bulk goods

Dry bulk handling achieved a total of 7.4 million tonnes in 2016 and thus an increase of six percent above the level of the previous year. Almost all types of dry bulk showed a positive trend, especially oilseeds, fertilizer and coal.