Key Facts and Figures

Rostock overseas port 

Rostock Overseas port handled a total of 25.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018. This is equivalent to a market-induced decrease of just under four percent compared to the high result of the previous year (2017: 26.9 million tonnes). Especially in dry bulk the amounts handled remained below those of previous years. On the other hand ro-ro and ferry traffic was able to continue its stable growth with a plus of four percent against 2017.

The once again strong growth in ferry and ro-ro traffic is particularly gratifying since this is traditionally the segment that carries the high-value goods in the Baltic. As a result of the lower tonnage this growth was however not sufficient to fully compensate for the shortfall of amounts handled in the high-tonnage dry bulk cargoes. These losses are due to a variety of special factors such as a poor harvest and planned maintenance work at important forwarders, which do however occur only temporarily and therefore do not constitute a general trend.  

All told, Rostock overseas port logged 7,649 port calls by ferry and ro-ro vessels, tankers, freighters and cruise liners last year, of which 6,034 port calls alone were made by ferry and ro-ro vessels.

In order to further increase the attractiveness and efficiency of Germany’s largest universal port on the Baltic Sea coast, ROSTOCK PORT GmbH will invest more than ever in a single year in the development and extension of port infrastructure in the course of 2019. At 40 million Euros the capex will reach a new record level.   

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 2018 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.

Other Rostock ports

The other ports in Rostock such as the cargo and fishing port and the chemical port together notched up a handling result of 1.5 million tonnes in 2018.

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 in 2018. All told the amount went up by 600,000 tonnes to 16.9 million tonnes (+4 percent). The share of wheeled cargo in the total handling of Rostock overseas port thus amounted to 66 percent.


Handling of intermodal load units on the level of previous year

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 gantry cranes able to drive curves. So the port of Rostock is prepared for further increases in the amounts of wheeled cargo.

Handling of intermodal load units in Intermodal Transport in the year 2018 was on the level of the previous year at 80,000 units.

Handling of bulk goods

Dry bulk handling in 2018 was 17 percent below the level of the previous year with a total of 5.8 million tonnes handled. Especially the handling of wheat, barley and rapeseed was very much on the decline. Compared to 2017, around 700,000 tonnes less were shipped in this division. Losses of handling amounts also occurred in the handling of fertilizer (-7%), cement (-32%) and coal (-30%).