Key Facts and Figures

28.8 million tonnes of goods were handled in the port city of Rostock last year. This was 200,000 tonnes or nearly one percent more than in the year 2016. This means the highest handling result achieved in the history of the port of Rostock. 26.9 million tonnes of freight passed the edge of the quay at Rostock overseas port alone. According to the port and shipping authority another 1.9 million tonnes were moved at the cargo and fishing port, the chemical port and other port facilities of the Hanseatic city.


Rostock overseas port 

At 26.9 million tonnes (gross) of goods handled in 2017, the companies at Rostock overseas port again achieved a very high handling result after the 26.8 million tonnes in 2016. It is the second best handling result in the almost 60-year history of the all-purpose port. Only 2008 saw more goods passing the ship’s rail, at 27.2 million tonnes.

Despite a range of challenges and a strongly competitive environment we have managed to repeat the good handling results of previous years and even achieve a small plus. This is all the more remarkable since losses in high-tonnage handling segments were more than compensated for by growth in the ferry and ro-ro traffic.

All told, Rostock overseas port logged 7,752 port calls by ferry and ro-ro vessels, tankers, freighters and cruise liners last year, of which 5,874 port calls alone were made by ferry and ro-ro vessels.

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 2017 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.

Wheeled goods traffic increases again

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. All told the amount went up by 630,000 tonnes to 16.6 million tonnes (+4 percent on the previous year). The share of wheeled cargo in the total handling of Rostock seaport thus amounted to 62 percent last year.


Continual growth in combined cargo handling

The efficient handling terminal for rail, road and seaborne cargo was upgraded until March 2014 on an area of around 30,000 square metres. The whole intermodal terminal covers approx. 70,000 square metres.

Five tracks will be served by two new gantry cranes able to drive curves. So the port of Rostock is prepared for further increases in the amounts of wheeled cargo.

For the first time just over two million tonnes of goods were moved at the Intermodal Transport Terminal in 2016.

Handling of bulk goods

Dry bulk handling was six percent below the level of the previous year with a total of seven million tonnes handled. Especially the wheat export was on the decline due to poor harvests. Compared to 2016, 600,000 tonnes less of wheat were shipped. There were also losses in the handling of cement and CAN (calcium-ammonium nitrate) while the handling of rapeseed showed a very positive trend, increasing to 627,000 tonnes (+60%).