Port Areas and Terminals

Port Areas and Terminals

Deep-Water Port / Outer Harbour

Wilhelmshaven is Germany's only deep-water port. The navigation channel is 300m wide and 18m below chart datum (chart datum = mean low water spring). The passage from the open sea to the cargo terminals on the deep-water navigation channel is just 23 nautical miles long. Utmost safety is ensured by a radio guidance system that covers all frequency ranges.

The four ship loading gantries in the Outer Harbour to load and discharge liquid bulks, dry bulks and gas as well as chemicals complement the services provided by Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (CTW).

CTW is the only terminal in Germany with berths that can accommodate fully-laden ultra-large container vessels (ULCV) around the clock and the only tri-modal container terminal with 16 on-dock formation and preparation sidings that is supported by an adjacent 160ha-large freight village.

Tide-independent Inner Harbour

From the terminals on the deep-water shipping channel, vessels must pass through a double-chamber sea lock (each chamber 360m x 57m) to reach the tide-independent Inner Harbour.

The Inner Harbour is home to the maritime services industry and a gateway for break bulk cargoes as well as offshore and project cargo. Numerous medium-sized firms like shipyards and repair shipyards, providers of general services, seaport services, pilotage services and other maritime specialists offer the shipping and offshore industry reliable and qualified support.

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