Main Cargoes

Ferry and ro-ro traffic with slightly decrease

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.

Upgrading and modernization

In order to be able to handle ships with a length up to 220 or 250 meters, respectively, in the ferry and ro-ro division, berths 62 and 63 are being modified since the end of 2018. By renewing the transverse quay at port basin A in the area of berth 50 it will be possible for ro-ro vessels with a length up to 250 meters to berth, load and unload here in the future.  

Cargo handling

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.

The number of truck units carried on the ferry and ro-ro connections to and from northern Europe went down from 406,213 in 2018 to 379,812 last year. That is a minus of 6.5 percent. By contrast the number of trailers handled increased from 124,236 to 125,306 last year.

An increase of three percent to 554,000 compared to 2018 was notched up in the number of cars and mobile homes carried. The number of ferry passengers carried on the services to northern Europe achieved roughly the same result as the previous year at 2.5 million travellers.

Railway wagons

The number of railway wagons carried to and from Trelleborg showed a gratifyingly strong increase from 15,605 to 18,388 (plus 18 percent). Rostock Overseas port is a major railway port on the German Baltic Sea coast. Around one fifth of all goods transhipped at our port are carried in and out by rail.

Paper and cellulose 

735,000 tonnes of paper and cellulose were transhipped at the overseas port in 2019, which was about 160,000 tonnes less than in 2018.

Intermodal Transport

The efficient handling terminal for rail, road and seaborne cargo covers an area of 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.

Currently there are 30 intermodal trains operating weekly to and from Verona (15) and Cervignano (3) in Italy, to and from Brno (3) and Lovosice (4) in the Czech Republic, to and from Wuppertal (3) and Halle/Schkopau (1) in Germany as well as Curtici (1) in Romania.

The trend on the south-eastern axis, which has seen distinct growth in recent years and offers further potential, is very gratifying. Especially the connections to the Czech Republic are under further development; the connection to Lovosice for instance will be strengthened by another departure per week from February.

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 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.

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.

In 2019 losses of handling amounts occurred in the handling of split gravel (minus 180,000 tonnes) and coal (minus 90,000 tonnes). The handling of cement (300,000 tonnes) reached approximately the level of the previous year.

Projects and Investments

On the western side of pier 3 the rebuilding of berth 23, which is 270 meters long, was largely completed by the end of 2019.  The existing quay structure, which is more than 50 years old, was in need of refurbishment. During the first three months of 2020, further work will be done on paving of surfaces and railway track construction as well as dredging to a water depth of 14.50 meters. Full completion is planned until April 2020. In the course of the building work the load-bearing capacity of the quay surface is increased from two to five tonnes per square meter.

In the meantime the new building and dredging at neighbouring berth 24 has been put out to EU-wide tender.


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.

In 2019 the handling of fertilizer (680,000 tonnes) reached approximately the level of the previous year.


Silos with a capacity of 691,000 tonnes as well as facilities for loading and unloading ships, trucks and railway cars ensure skilled handling and fast throughput of goods. Three ship loading facilities with an hourly output of up to 1,200 tonnes are available for grain export. Vessels are discharged via two unloading facilities with a capacity of up to 350 respectively 600 tonnes per hour. A system of conveyor belts ensures the efficient moving of grain from the silos to the ships.

Handling results in 2019

The handling of wheat and barley showed increases. Compared to 2018 around 440,000 tonnes more were shipped in this division. Losses of handling amounts occurred in the handling of rye (minus 60,000 tonnes), while rapeseed handling (460,000 tonnes) was at the previous year's level. 

With an annual result of about 2.6 million tonnes (plus 16 percent) grain handling is the prevailing dry bulk cargo type at the overseas port.

Malt house and oil mill 

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.

General Cargo / High & Heavy

General Cargo

Pier II is the heart of general cargo handling. Here are mainly metals, forest products and project cargo loaded. But Pier II is mainly characterized by the transshipment of wind turbines.

Cranes with a lifting capacity of up to 100 tonnnes ensure the fast handling of goods. Since mid-2019, it is possible to load goods of up to almost 300 tonnes by using two new mobile harbour cranes in tandem. Furthermore, there are three cranes available for loading and unloading at berth 16, which can be equipped with hooks or grapples. Here, among other things, sheet metal and pipes for EEW Special Pipe Construction GmbH are handled.

Three solid sheds, each 360 meters long, with land and water-side track and road connections, are used for transhipment and storage. A total of 600,000 square meters of open storage and 120,000 square meters of covered storage for general cargo are available at the Rostock seaport.

High & Heavy

With berths 10, 15 and 25, the port offers three berths for the handling of particularly large and heavy goods. At ​​berth 15, the heavy-duty areas are upgraded by ROSTOCK PORT GmbH. This is where a special quay with a heavy-duty rail track was built for a Liebherr crane with a lifting capacity of up to 1,600 tonnes, which put into Operation mid of 2019. This will improve the possibilities for handling extremely heavy project cargo as well as the attractiveness of the location for further company relocations for the production and assembly of heavy Cargo.

2019 handling results

Handling of high-value-added general cargo was a little above the level of the previous year at 570,000 tonnes. While especially the loading of sheet metal, wind power plants and rotor blades increased and the bottom line also improved for the handling of zinc and crane facilities compared to 2018, fewer pipes were hoisted over the sides.

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.

At 3 million tonnes the handling of liquid goods was about 700,000 tonnes or 30 percent above the level of the previous year. Especially the crude oil imports of the first half of 2019 contributed to this extraordinary result. Last year the port of Rostock handled more gas oil but less petroleum (naphtha).