Port of Wilhelmshaven

From Global Energy Monitor

Port of Wilhelmshaven is in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is Germany's sole deepwater port and a central coal transshipment hub for the entire German market.[1] It handles most of Germany's international oil trade,[2] as well as coal.[3]


The port is located at the coastal town of Wilhelmshaven in Lower Saxony. It is situated on the western side of the Jade Bight, a bay of the North Sea

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Coal terminal

The port imports coal for domestic use. It was expanded to meet coal demand for the Moorburg Power Station in Hamburg.[4]

Rhenus Logistics operates the Rhenus Bulk Terminal Wilhelmshaven (BTW) at the port, with a capacity of ten million tonnes of coal per annum.[5] With a load-carrying capacity of up to 250,000t and a draught of 18.5m, BTW is the only coal terminal in Germany that can handle fully laden Capesize vessels. Since opening in 1976, it has handled more than 60 million tonnes of coal imports. Terminal owner Rhenus Logistics aims to gradually increase coal import volume from the 3.65 million tonnes handled in 2015 to a rate of 5 million tonnes per annum.[6] The terminal's state-of-the-art facilities are set up to handle steam coal, coking coal, and PCI coal.[7]

Project Details

  • Operator: Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG
  • Location: Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Annual Coal Capacity (Tonnes): 10 million
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Imports
  • Sources of coal:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Wilhelmshaven: Germany's Deep Water Port," Niedersachsen Ports website, accessed February 2018
  2. "Overview: Germany," US EIA, updated Aug 2015
  3. "German Ports Guide," Bremenports (PDF), June 2014
  4. "Port of Wilhelmshaven," Niedersachsen Ports, accessed May 2015
  5. "Rhenus Bulk Terminal in Wilhelmshaven well placed to handle growing volumes of coal imports," Rhenus Logistics, 17 October 2013
  6. "Rhenus BTW marks 40 years," Bulk Materials Online, May 4, 2016
  7. "Bulk Terminal Wilhelmshaven," Rhenus Seaports website, accessed February 2018

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