The port of Rostock offers outstanding nautical conditions.

The port of Rostock offers outstanding nautical conditions. The protected location of the port at the mouth of the Warnow River on the Baltic Sea and the sea channel with a length of 3.6 nautical miles long and depth of 14.5 m allow a very easy approach. There are no obstacles, locks, bridges, etc. and there are normally no restrictions for entering and exiting the port at night. The port can accommodate ships with a length of up to 300 meters, a width of up to 45 meters and a draught of up to 13 meters. For ships with a length of more than 230 m and/or a width of more than 36 meters and/or a draught of more than 12 m, special permission from the Water and Shipping Authority Stralsund is necessary.

Competent contact partners such as the Rostock Port Authority , experienced pilots and strong tugs are at the disposal of the shipping industry around the clock. Pilotage is mandatory in the area of the seaport for ships greater than 100 m in length or 15 m in width or with a draught of more than 7.5 m as well as for all tankers (oil, chemicals, gas).

Water level and ice conditions

Tides do not exist here, however, strong winds from the south may lower the water level by up to 1.5 m, and high winds from the north may raise the water level by up to 1.5 meters.

The navigable water is kept open as long as possible in winter and only very seldom freezes over completely.

Quay length and berths

The total quay length amounts to over 11,000 m, and there are 47 berths available. 25 of these berths are special berths for ferries (5), roll-on/roll-off vessels (3), coal/ building material (2), cement (1), grain (3), fertilizer (1), heavy cargo (3), liquid cargo (6) and chemicals (1).


Rostock is one of the largest German Baltic Sea ports with an area of approx. 750 hectares. Sufficient reserve areas allow for a flexible reaction to all requirements of the national and international economy.