Bremen and Bremerhaven rank amongst the most important universal ports in Europe. The twin ports offer a wide range of services that complement each other perfectly. The terminals handle virtually every conceivable kind of freight, from containers and cars to general and bulk cargo, from dangerous goods to project cargo. In addition, the Columbus Cruise Center in Bremerhaven is one of the most modern and efficient passenger terminals for cruise liners.
The maritime logistics centre of Bremen/Bremerhaven score top marks on many other counts: ideal connections to overseas and hinterland destinations, impressive logistics expertise, outstanding communications and IT skills, a highly qualified and motivated workforce as well as numerous opportunities for specialist and advanced vocational education and training.
Precise division of labour is the key to success
The precise division of labour is the key to the success of the twin ports and one of their distinguishing characteristics. Bremerhaven, which handles container vessels, car carriers and refrigerated fruit carriers, accounts for more than 80 per cent of the total freight volume handled by the port group. The seaport is also evolving into a major terminal for the increasingly important offshore wind energy industry. Its easy accessibility for seagoing vessels, excellent infrastructure and successful development into a powerful industrial cluster all mean that Bremerhaven is well on its way to becoming an important European centre for this industry.
The port facilities in the city of Bremen specialise primarily on handling conventional, general and high & heavy cargo (e.g. project cargo, steel and steel products, wood and wood products) as well as bulk goods (such as ores, coal and grain). An efficient network with various providers of logistics services ensures that the ports of Bremen can offer a full range of value added services on all aspects of container logistics.