Combined Cargo

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. More than 30 intermodal trains operate weekly amongst others to and from and Verona, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Brno and Wels.

In addition, from Hamburg-Billwerder with a direct connection to Hamburg-Waltershof, there are also regular train connections  to Munich, Stuttgart, Köln, Frankfurt on the Main, Kornwestheim, Wuppertal, Ulm, Ludwigshafen and Cologne. The ferry and ro-ro lines of the Rostock seaport provide rapid connections in the Baltic Sea region.

The shipping company Swedish Orient Line (SOL) which had been operating a ro-ro service between Rostock and Hanko in Finland with four to five departures per week since September 2012 closed down its service at the end of 2016. But The Rostock-Finland corridor has grown very strongly in recent years despite the market trend. Both Finland carriers operating in Rostock have contributed to this. Nevertheless goods transport along this corridor will continue to grow due to the advantages of traffic geography and the infrastructure connections of Rostock. This is already borne out by the increases in capacity and frequency announced by Finnlines.

Excellent conditions

The Rostock port is optimal connected with the German motorway network. North-south motorway A19 and west-east motoway A20 provide a direct access to the port.

The proximity of the terminal to the ferry and ro-ro berths provides short transit times through the port (e.g. train arrival at 2:45, loading at 6:00). Ideal conditions for the optimisation of the logistics chain are provided here at the Rostock seaport.

Since May 2012 ROSTOCK PORT GmbH has been converting the intermodal transport terminal south of pier I together with the regional construction company STRABAG AG without interrupting its day-to-day business. The new and efficient handling terminal for rail, road and seaborne cargo will be upgraded until February 2014 on an area of around 30,000 square metres. The whole Intermodal Transport Terminal covers approx. 70,000 square metres.

Apart from three additional tracks and the southern craneway girder the entire southern handling areas were newly built and construction of two gantry crane facilities was begun.

Land bridges via Rostock

Rostock has been connected to Europe’s largest seaport, Rotterdam, via the traffic hubs Hamburg and Duisburg. As a part of the interior transport network of the North Sea ports of Hamburg and Rotterdam Rostock has a  direct access to transatlantic shipping traffic.

This land bridge makes it possible for cargo to be transported from Rotterdam to Trelleborg, south Sweden in only 39 hours, and to Helsinki, Finland in only 61 hours.