Main Cargoes

Ferry and ro-ro traffic as driver of growth in Rostock

The ferry terminal provides five landing stages. Berth 64 is equipped for handling of railway wagons. An overpass leads directly from the ferry terminal to A19 and A20 motorways.

With the ro-ro-terminal, provides four berths, and the terminal for intermodal traffic in direct vicinity Rostock has everything it needs to continue developing its solid position as a ferry hub and ro-ro-hub for the Baltic Sea.

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.

The number of truck units carried on the ferry and ro-ro connections to and from northern Europe increased from 354,170 in 2016 to 383,373 last year. There was also a slight increase in the number of trailers handled: from 122,352 to 122,680 last year.

Compared to 2016 the number of cars carried increased by twelve percent to 482,000 in 2017. Also the number of ferry passengers carried on the lines to Denmark, Sweden and Finland increased by 200,000 to another top score of 2.5 million travellers.

The number of railway wagons carried to and from Trelleborg by contrast decreased from 20,358 to 14,564.

Furthermore 706,000 tonnes of paper were loaded and unloaded at the overseas port in 2017. The lion's share of the paper handling is provided by UPM. The Finnish paper group concentrated its paper business in the southern Baltic at Rostock in early 2015.

In the next few years the port have to focus attention on extending the infrastructure in order to create the conditions for the further expected growth.


Combined Cargo

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.

More than two million tonnes of goods were again moved at the Intermodal Transport Terminal in 2017. The number of trailer units handled increased from 69,824 in 2015 and 76,012 in 2016 to 80,288 units and thus by 5.6 percent compared to the previous year.

The Intermodal Transport network was continuously intensified and extended. Currently there are 35 block trains operating weekly to and from Verona (14), Hamburg (5), Karlsruhe (5), Halle/Schkopau (2), Brno (6) and Wuppertal (3 times from 23 January 2018 instead of the connection to and from Duisburg operating until then).

The trend in intermodal transport was by contrast fair to middling last year especially due to the reduction of departures to Finland as well as due to quality problems in the railway network in the hinterland of Rostock port. The shifting of the Novara train in the second quarter of 2017 and the shutdown of the train to and from Wels once a week at the end of the year therefore had a dampening effect on the amounts carried in intermodal transport while the connections to and from Brno and Verona experienced an increase in frequency.

All partners continue work to intensify individual services and build up new intermodal transport connections. It is all the more heartening that it has been possible to build up a new block train connection for container transports between Rostock and Halle/Schkopau thanks to a strong commitment of, for instance, Stena Line, Deucon and Pressnitztalbahn, which connects Rostock with the Central German Chemical Triangle.

This cooperative approach to developing new logistics concepts ought to be expanded.

Bulk Cargo

The port has an open storage capacity of 420,000 m² as well as a covered storage capacity of 55,000 m² available for bulk goods.

In addition to the handling of coal, building materials, fertiliser and grain are among the most important bulk cargo handled in the Port of Rostock.

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.

Coal / Construction Materials

A daily volume of up to 20,000 tonnes of coal can be discharged at berths 23 and 24. Overhead cranes are used at berth 22 for the unloading of limestone, gravel chippings and sea gravel. The handling of such materials is centred around the coal terminal with a capacity of 240,000 tonnes of hard coal. Conveyor belts supply the neighbouring 500 MW hard coal fired power plant as well as additional recipients.

At berth 21, a crane with an hourly output of up to 700 tonnes as well as a preparation plant for see gravel is available.


The fertiliser quay is equipped with a loading facility (hourly output of 1,000 tonnes), railway car unloading station, conveyor belt system and storage depot with a capacity of 55,000 tonnes. The main commodity here is calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) which is produced the nearby fertiliser plant.


Silos with a capacity of 496,000 tonnes as well as facilities for loading and unloading ships, trucks and railway cars ensure skilled handling and fast throughput of goods. A ship loading facility with an hourly output of up to 1,000 tonnes is available for grain export. Vessels are discharged via an unloading facility with a capacity of up to 350 tonnes per hour. A system of conveyor belts ensures the efficient moving of grain from the silos to the ships.

One of the most modern malt houses in Europe is located adjacent to the grain harbour. It has its own silo with a capacity of 10,000 tonnes and is connected with the silo facility at the port thus ensuring the rapid intake of brewer?s barley as well as an equally rapid output of goods.

With a capacity of 1,600 tonnes of processed canola seed per day the largest oil mill in Germany put into operation in August 2006. The investment cost totalled nearly 14 million Euros. The oil mill comprises the extraction facility, seed storage, seed processing plant, product storage and service department.

Compared to 2016, 600,000 tonnes less of wheat were shipped. The handling of rapeseed showed a very positive trend, increasing to 627,000 tonnes (+60%).

Despite the decline in wheat export, grain handling remains the main dry bulk cargo at the overseas port with around 2.8 million tonnes.

A new grain silo and grain loading facility with 160,000 tonnes of silo capacity is under construction on pier 4 and to be completed by the end of 2018. Apart from further enhancing Rostock as a port for grain export the additional loading capacity of 1200 tonnes of grain per hour is particularly significant.

General Cargo

Three sheds each with a length of 360 m and possessing track and road connections are available for handling and storage. Cranes with a load capacity of up to 100 tonnes guarantee a rapid throughput of general cargo, windmill-powered plants and other project cargo.

Pier II is the heart of general cargo handling. In total, the Rostock seaport has 600,000 m² open storage as well as 120,000 m² covered storage available for general cargo goods.

Handling of general cargo went down to 630,000 tonnes. Less slabs and wind power plants passed the edge of the quay. There were increases in the handling of sheet metal and crane facilities.


Liquid Cargo

The oil harbour possesses a tank store with a capacity of 700,000 cubic meters available for the storage and throughput of mineral oils such as heating oil, diesel and motor fuel. Crude oil, liquid fertiliser and other liquids are handled here as well.

The berths at the oil harbour can accommodate 6 tankers with up to 100,000 tonnes and has a handling capacity of up to 6,000 tonnes per hour. The handling of liquids occurs by means of tank car, pipelines (Schwedt, Böhlen) and by tank truck.

A neutral service company, Großtanklager Ölhafen Rostock GmbH, is the operator of the oil harbour and provides services for all mineral oil companies using the Port of Rostock.

The oil harbour is also the location of a biodiesel plant with an annual capacity of 150,000 tonnes of biodiesel and 18,000 tonnes of glycerine.

The handling of liquid goods was on the level of the previous year, at 2.7 million tonnes. More biodiesel, naphtha and gas oil were pumped over the ships’ sides in Rostock last year, but less fuel oil and petrol.