By tradition Bremerhaven is a major port and shipbuilding centre, which occupies a favourable geographic position, where the mouth of the Weser joins the North Sea. With over 1.6 million vehicles a year, Bremerhaven is one of the largest automobile and High & Heavy ports in the world. European manufacturers mainly ship their products to North American, East Asia and the Middle East. Imports predominantly come from Europe, Asia and the USA. All reputable car shipping companies regularly serve Bremerhaven. Each year, more than 1,200 car and High & Heavy ships call in at the terminal. Because of these facts, Bremerhaven is the perfect hub for transhipments from and to the Baltic.
The terminal offers parking space capacities for approx. 90,500 vehicles over an area of 240 ha, and is also equipped with 7 parking racks, 5 warehouses, 14 sidings, 10 berths for deep sea carriers and 8 berths for short sea carriers. The services in the High & Heavy area include the warehousing and delivery of machines, heavy items and vehicles, e.g. locomotives and other equipment. Currently, a total of 1.2 million t of High & Heavy goods can be handled in the special areas of the car terminal.
The quay at the Wilhelm Kaisen Container Terminal measures 4,920 metres, making it the longest in the world. This means it is possible to handle container ships of the post-panamax generation here. Bremerhaven has efficient transport connections with the hinterland for onward shipment of goods to the business centres of Europe. Two thirds of all goods are carried by long-distance container transport via rail. In addition, daily feeder-vessel services on the North Sea and Baltic link Bremerhaven with Scandinavia and northern Europe