Port of Wilhelmshaven
The deep water port of Wilhelmshaven is one of the three busiest seaports in Germany by cargo tonnage. Favoured as the port is with its unique geographical location, a deep shipping channel of SKN -18.1m and a short approach channel of 23 nautical miles, sea vessels of all size ranges can be handled and bulk cargo and general cargo of all kinds as well as containers can be transshipped.
Wilhelmshaven is an energy hub and is Germany's largest import port for crude oil. Moreover, the port is a major transshipment centre for mineral oil products and chemical products among others.
At the Bulk Terminal Wilhelmshaven (BTW) cape size bulk carriers with a load carrying capacity of over 250,000 tonnes can be handled. Mainly coal for the supply of power plants is transshipped here . With the BTW, it is Wilhelmshaven's aim to become Germany's largest port for coal import.
Another focal point of the port is the transshipment and storage of refrigerated cargo and temperature controlled goods. For the offshore industry the location provides areas for transshipment, storage and production as well as individual service and assembly services.
At the Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven, Germany's only deep water container terminal, the largest container freighters of the world with over 18,000 TEU can be handled at any time, independent of the tide. In the adjacent JadeWeserPort logistics zone where state-of-the-art cold storage capacities are already available, there are at present approx. 115 ha with direct access to the container terminal still available.
The outer port with its characteristic transshipment gantries connects with the tide-free inner port, which is reached by a double-chamber sea lock (both 390m long and 60m wide). The inner port is equipped with modern wharves for transshipping bulk cargo, refrigerated cargo, foodstuffs, general cargo and project cargo. Besides the transshipment companies, high-capacity shipyards and service companies for the shipping industry and in the field of offshore wind service and assembly services have established themselves here. Helicopters supply offshore wind parks and transfer pilots from the JadeWeser Airport situated on the south-west edge of the city.
In Wilhelmshaven delivery and transit of the transshipped goods is secured by the optimal connection to the hinterland via the Autobahn A29 providing direct access to the deep water port and the railway sidings connecting all areas of the port with the double-track railway line to Oldenburg.