Intermodal terminal Rostock exceeding 2 million tonnes

Seaport of Rostock achieved its second best handling result in 2016; Swedish Orient Line terminated its service by the end of the year

Intermodal terminal Rostock exceeding 2 million tonnes

The port of Rostock handled 28.6 million tonnes of goods last year. This was 1.4 million tonnes, or five percent more than in 2015. The seaport of Rostock handled 26.8 million tonnes of cargo, and had its second best handling result in its almost 60-year history.

In 2016 the terminal for combined transport handled just over two million tonnes of goods for the first time. The number of trailer units increased from 69,824 in 2015 to 76,012 last year – and therefore by nine percent. The combined transport network has been continuously consolidated and expanded. Currently there are 36 weekly intermodal trains to and from Verona (13), Hamburg (5), Karlsruhe (5), Brno (4), Novara (3), Duisburg (5) and Wels (1).

“Especially the main types of cargo – liquid bulk, bulk, ferry and roro-cargo – showed remarkable growth,” said Dr. Gernot Tesch, Managing Director of Rostock Port GmbH. Bulk cargo handling totaled 7.4 million tonnes last year, an increase of six percent on the previous year. Liquid goods handling increased by 300,000 tonnes or twelve percent to 2.7 million tonnes. Throughput of rolling load, ferry and ror-cargo increased by 1.3 million tonnes to 16 million tonnes (up 9 per cent on the previous year).

Overall, the seaport of Rostock registered 8,120 calls by ferry and roro, tanker, cargo and cruise ships last year. The shipping company Swedish Orient Line (SOL), which operated a roro-service between Rostock and Hanko in Finland since September 2012, terminated their service by the end of 2016, whereas the Finnlines shipping company announced capacity and frequency increases.