Neustädter Hafen benefits from its proximity to the Bremen Cargo Distribution
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5. Bremen industrial docks
The first of the four ports in the city of Bremen itself is located in the north of the Hanseatic city. It accounts for about half of the city's transshipment volume of around 12 million tonnes. Ships that have passed through the 250-metre Oslebshauser lock use the docks to load and unload steel, steel products, timber, project cargo, vehicle and machinery parts, bulk cargo, construction materials, waste and lubricating oils. Coal for ArcelorMittal's steelworks in Bremen also arrives here. Situated around the harbour basin are many industrial firms that process or dispatch the goods that pass through the docks.
6. Timber and works quay
The timber and works quay, which is located upstream from the industrial docks in Bremen's Überseestadt (New Harbour District), handles a wide variety of commodities for the food industry. These include animal feed, grain, cocoa and coffee. Kaffee HAG, which invented decaffeinated coffee, is headquartered here, as is flour producer Roland Mills United, whose raw materials arrive by ship. The grain harbour occupies part of the harbour basin and includes the Bremen grain storehouse, a historical building that dates back more than a century and is still in use today.
7. Neustädter Hafen
The port of Neustädter Hafen is located on the left side of the Weser river and specialises in breakbulk, which is any type of cargo that does not fit in a shipping container. These include steel products such as pipes, timber, machinery and machine parts. Components for wind turbines and paper rolls for the paper industry are brought ashore here. A small number of containers also pass through Neustädter Hafen. Its proximity to the Bremen Cargo Distribution Center means that goods do not have to be transported far.
8. Hemelingen Weserhafen
The Weserhafen port in Hemelingen is the furthest inland of the eight ports. It is purely a river port and does not accommodate large sea-going vessels as they would be unable to pass under the bridges downstream in central Bremen or through the lock at the Weser barrage. The port complex is relatively new, having been built in 1968. It specialises in the transport of steel, other metals, scrap, sand and gravel to inland destinations as well as coal for the nearby Hemelingen coal-fired power plant.
And that is it – all of the eight ports with sea freight transshipment operations in the federal state of Bremen. Further details about the individual ports can be found here: bremenports. Specific information (in German) about the ports in the city of Bremen itself is available here: Initiative of the City of Bremen Ports.