Key Facts & Figures

29 million tonnes were handled at the Overseas Port of Rostock in 2022. Thus the port improved on its last year‘s handling record by 300,000 tonnes or one percent, respectively.

The share of wheeled cargo in the total handling at Rostock Overseas port was 61 percent last year.

All told, Rostock Overseas Port logged 7,663 port calls by ferry and ro-ro vessels, tankers, freighters and cruise liners last year (2021: 7,551), of which 5,958 port calls were made by ferry and ro-ro vessels (2021: 5,733).

The volume of investments in the infrastructure of the Overseas Port was Euro27.5 million last year. Milestones in the port developmen were the commissioning of the car terminal, the opening of the new motorway junction in the southern part of the port as well as the start of dredging works to deepen the navigational channel to 16.50 metres.

In 2023 ROSTOCK PORT plans on more than Euro 40 million of investment.

Ferry- and RoRo-Goods

The ferry terminal and roro terminal contain eleven berths. Berth 64 is equipped for the clearance of railway carriages. The number of railway wagons carried to and from Trelleborg dropped from 27,100 units in 2021 to 18,100 last year. In early 2021 a temporary closure of the Great Belt crossing in Denmark had created a special effect, pushing up traffic volumes at the Overseas Port.

Around 20 percent of all hinterland traffic to and from our port is carried by rail in the modal split.

An overpass leads directly from the ferry terminal to the motorway A19/A20.

The roro terminal with four berths and the terminal for combined cargo traffic in the immediate vicinity, the port offers the best handling conditions for both liner and tramp shipping.

Thus the share of wheeled cargo in the total handling at Rostock Overseas port was 61 percent last year.

Upgrading and New Construction

Upgrading and New Consruction

Berths 62, 63 and 50


In order to be able to handle ships with a length up to 220 or 250 meters, respectively, in the ferry and roro division, berths 62 and 63 were modified.

By renewing the transverse quay and the construction of two 37 meter wide ramps at port basin A in the area of berth 50 it is possible for roro vessels with a length up to 250 meters to berth, load and unload here.


Handling results Ferry- and RoRo-goods 2022

17,7 million tonnes

cargo handling


The result in ferry and ro-ro goods, narrowly missed the record result of the previous year with a handling result of 17.7 million tonnes (-300,000 tonnes or -2 percent) due to a longer strike situation in the Finnish paper industry in the beginning of 2022. Thus 378,000 tonnes of paper were cellulose were handled last year, i.e. 327,000 tonnes less than in the previous year.




Handling results trucks, trailer 2022

410,000 and 169,000

handled truck and trailer units


The number of truck units carried on the ferry and ro-ro connections to and from Northern Europe increased from 407,000 in 2021 to 410,000 last year, a growth of one percent. The number of trailers handled showed a stronger increase from 161,000 by five percent to just under 169,000 last year.


Handling results ferry passengers 2022

Enormous Groth

no pandemic-related travel restrictions


Ferry travel recovered after the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. The number of cars and mobile homes carried between Northern Europe and Rostock amounted to 628,000, an increase by 46 percent

At 2.5 million passengers on the four ferry services operated by Scandlines, Stena Line, TT-Line and Hansa Destinations there was growth of 800,000 compared to 2021.


Handling results Paper and Cellulose 2022

327,000 tonnes less

strike situation in the Finnish paper industry


Due to a longer strike situation in the Finnish paper industry in the beginning of 2022 378,000 tonnes of paper, cellulose and plywood were handled at the Overseas Port last year, i.e. 327,000 tonnes less than in 2021. 


Handling results Railway wagons 2022

9,000 units less

special effects in 2021


The number of railway wagons carried to and from Trelleborg dropped from 27,100 units in 2021 to 18,100 last year. In early 2021 a temporary closure of the Great Belt crossing in Denmark had created a special effect, pushing up traffic volumes at the Overseas Port.

Around 20 percent of all hinterland traffic to and from our port is carried by rail in the modal split.


Intermodal Transport

The efficient handling terminal for rail, road and seaborne cargo covers an area of approx. 80,000 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.

An additional option for servicing trains up to 740 metres in length was created last year by rearranging spaces in the track area.

During the last five years, intermodal transport in Rostock has increased by about 50 percent. The high level of customer demand demonstrates that there is increased interest in environmentally friendly transport chains and potential of intermodal railway traffic via the port site in Rostock. In order to be able to do justice to this demand also in the future the extension of further intermodal capabilities is a major contribution to strengthening the ferry and ro-ro network. At the same time this also results in a reduction of CO2 emissions by transports routed through Rostock.

At this time  41 intermodal trains per week operate to and from Verona (16) in Italy, to and from Bratislava (6) in Slovakia, to and from Bettembourg (3) in Luxembourg, to and from Curtici (2) in Romania via Dresden (7), to and from Herne (6) and Halle (1) in Germany.

The large advantage of Rostock are the available railway track capacities at the port which allow for additional handling capabilities to be developed even at short notice.

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Handling results Intermodal Transport 2022

8 percent



The company Rostock Trimodal, who operate the cargo handling of intermodal transport units at Rostock Overseas Port, moved over 130,000 units in 2022 (+8 percent).


Bulk Cargo

Up to 20,000 tons of coal can be discharged daily at berths 23 and 24. The rebuilding of berth 23, which is 270 metres long, was largely completed by the end of 2019. During the first six months of 2020, further work was done on paving of surfaces and railway track construction as well as dredging to a water depth of 14.50 metres. 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.

Bridge cranes are used for unloading sea gravel, limestone and crushed stone at berth 22. In the middle of pier III a storage area with a capacity of 300,000 tons of anthracite coal exists. Conveyor belts carry the coal to the adjacent 500 MW hard coal-fired power station. A processing facility for sea gravel and storage facilities for building materials, agricultural products, fertilizer and other bulk goods are located at berth 21, which is equipped with a harbour mobile crane with a lifting capacity of up to 84 tons.

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.

Handling results Dry Bulk  2022

7.2 million tonnes

four percent above 2021


Dry bulk handling was four percent above the already very high level of the previous year with a total of 7.2 million tonnes handled. Grain remains the dominant dry bulk cargo at the Overseas Port with an annual result of 3.3 million tonnes.


General Cargo

Pier II is the heart of general cargo handling. Here are mainly metals, forest products and project cargo as well as container handled. 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 two 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.



Containers can also be handled at several terminals in the Overseas Port of Rostock. At the General Cargo Terminal of the handling company Euroports Germany, containers are loaded with the help of mobile harbor cranes. In addition, the units can be transported via the close-knit intermodal network with more than 40 weekly train connections and the closely scheduled ferry and roro connections to Denmark, Sweden and Finland with up to 20 departures per day.

The Overseas Port of Rostock not only operates as a transhipment point, but also as a collection and distribution center. In addition, services for packing and reloading of containers and for customs clearance are offered at the site. Partners operate a container depot directly in the port in order to be able to react flexibly to demand. The port of Rostock thus acts as an ideal transport hub for collecting and distributing containers to northern and central Europe.

Handling results General Cargo / High & Heavy 2022

625,000 tonnes

General Cargo / High & Heavy


Handling of high-value-added general cargo was nine percent above the level of the previous year at 625,000 tonnes

While the loading of sheet metal, slabs and vehicles increased, handling of containers and wind power plants declined.


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 six 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.

Grosstanklager Ölhafen Rostock GmbH, a subsidiary of Eurports Germany 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 200,000 tonnes of biodiesel and approx. 25,000 tonnes of raw glycerine in feeding stuff quality.

Handling results Liquid Cargo 2022

10 percent above previous year

more crude oil imports


At 3.45 million tonnes the handling of liquid goods was ten percent above the result of the previous year, which was due in particular to the start of crude oil imports that are set to increase in the future.