Key Facts and Figures

Rostock overseas port 

Rostock Overseas port handled a total of 25.7 million tonnes of cargo in 2019. This is equivalent to a slight increase of 100,000 tonnes against the result of the previous year. Slight declines in the growth driver, the ferry and ro-ro traffic, were made up for by good results in other areas.

This once again shows the strength of the business model of Rostock Overseas port as the largest universal port on the German Baltic Sea coast, which allows temporary declines in the handling of individual cargo types due to weaker spells in the overall economic situation to be evened out by growth in other segments.


The investment volume in 2019 reached a new ten-year high at just under 40 million Euros.

Deepening the sea canal 

Last year the planning permission documentation for the deepening of the sea canal in Rostock to 16.50 meters was made available for public examination, thus creating the preconditions for future traffic flows and cargo handling potentials especially in the field of bulk cargo. The German government plans to deepen the entrance canal to the port of Rostock, which is about 15 km long, to 16.5 meters in order to allow ships with a draught of up to 15 meters to enter the port of Rostock safely. The deepening of the sea canel in Rostock is to start in the year 2021 and is estimated to take about two and a half years.

Other 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 2019. This means that a total of 27.2 million tonnes of cargo were handled in Rostock in 2019.

Slightly decrease in ferry and ro-ro-traffic

Handling of wheeled cargo, i.e. ferry and ro-ro goods decreased slightly in 2019. All told the amount went down by 700,000 tonnes to 16.2 million tonnes (minus 4 percent). The share of wheeled cargo in the total handling of Rostock overseas port thus amounted to 63 percent.

Intermodal traffic with impressive increase

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 2019 increased to 87,000 units in 2019 and thus by an impressive 11.5 percent.

Handling of bulk goods

Dry bulk handling in 2019 was 2.5 percent above the level of the previous year with a total of 5.9 million tonnes handled. Especially the handling of wheat and barley showed increases. Compared to 2018 around 440,000 tonnes more were shipped in this division.

At 3 million tonnes the handling of liquid goods was about 700,000 tonnes or 30 percent above the level of the previous year.