Transhipment, storage, processing: the ports of Bremen already work with a wide range of bulk goods, i.e. unpackaged goods that are transported in large quantities. Liquid bulk cargoes include, for instance, refined petroleum products, whereas coal, grain and feedstuffs are examples of solid bulk cargoes.
Various terminals and extensive storage areas specialising in bulk cargoes are spread over different port sites in the city of Bremen. Innovative equipment such as conveyor belts, grabs, cranes, bunker hopper gantry cranes, discharge equipment and diverse special facilities set the scene. But it is above all the expertise of our qualified staff that ensures professional handling and makes this a prime bulk cargo location.
More than 600 ocean-going vessels call at Bremen’s Industriehafen every year. This port area behind Oslebshausen lock – together with Holz- und Fabrikenhafen, which is the major transhipment location for grain, feedstuffs, coffee and fish meal – is a classic transhipment terminal for bulk cargo: iron ore, coal, building materials, refined petroleum products as well as scrap and waste are all handled at Industriehafen in Bremen.
The terminals in Bremen handled 10.1 million tons of bulk cargo in 2016 - an impressive figure that accounts for one seventh of total throughput. The ports of Bremen are thus not only experts when it comes to container and automotive logistics. The bulk cargo segment is also right on track for success. And this delivers benefits for the entire business location. In particular, there are small and medium-sized enterprises of international repute that concentrate on this business sector.
When it comes to responsibility, we set a good example – throughout the entire country. The twin ports fen Bremen and Bremerhaven play an important for Germany as a strong economic and export nation. As one of the most high-powered logistics centres in Europe, the port group had a highly committed workforce of around 38,000 employees in Bremen alone in 2019. But it is not only in the north of Germany that the port business creates jobs: in 2019, its gateway function provided no fewer than 344,900 secure jobs at industrial enterprises throughout Germany. Because they provide access to global markets for German export/import enterprises, the ports of Bremen play a particularly important macroeconomic role, and they do so confidently and with complete commitment. In the interests of good cooperation throughout Germany.