Port of Kiel

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Port Location: Kiel
Port Name: Port of Kiel
Port Authority: Seehafen Kiel GmbH Co.
Address: Kommanditgesellschaft
Bollhornkai 1
Kiel 24103
Phone: 49 431 98 22-0
Fax: 49 431 98 22-105
Email: info@port-of-kiel.com
Web Site: www.port-of-kiel.de
Latitude: 54° 19′ 51″ N
Longitude: 10° 9′ 39″ E
Port Type: Seaport
Port Size: Medium

The Port of Kiel is capital and most populous city of the state of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany. Lying on an inlet of the Baltic Sea, the Kiel Fjord, it is at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal. About 90 kilometers north of Hamburg, the Port of Kiel is one of Germany’s most important maritime centers, indicated by the many sailing events held there including the sailing competitions of the Olympic Games in 1936 and 1972.

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The Port of Kiel is also a long-time base for the German Navy and a high-tech ship-building hub. The Kiel Canal is the busiest manmade waterway in the world. Its economy is based on services, transportation, and the maritime industry. It is home to shipyard operating since 1838 that constructs submarines, including Germany’s first submarine in 1850. The city has one of Germany’s strongest and most productive economies. In 2005, over 234 thousand people lived in the urban area of the Port of Kiel.

Port History

A 10th Century settlement there was called Kyle, from the Anglo-Saxon kille (a safe place for ships), when Normans or Vikings established colonies along their raiding routes. Adopting the Laws of Lubeck, the city was founded in 1242. It entered the Hanseatic League in 1284 but was expelled in 1518 for sheltering pirates. In the 14th Century, the Port of Kiel was granted greater trading privileges. The University of Kiel was established there in 1665.

In 1773, Denmark ruled the Port of Kiel, passing to Prussian rule in 1866. King William I located Prussia’s Baltic Sea fleet in Kiel in 1865, making it an Imperial Harbor within theGerman Empire. Being Germany’s naval base, the city grew quickly. In 1864, almost 19 thousand people lived there. By 1910, the city’s population grew to about 200 thousand.

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In 1918, it was the site of a mutiny of the German navy during the democratic revolution, and it was an Allied bombing target during World War II. Allied bombs destroyed as much as 80% of the old town, 72% of its residential neighborhoods, and over 80% of the industrial districts.

The locks of the Kiel Canal were opened in 1895, and the port has been busy ever since. It has a busy modern harbor and excellent yacht facilities. Ferries move people between its shores on the east and west sides of the Fjord and to local resorts and fishing villages. Industries within the Port of Kiel include manufacture of ship motors, electrical equipment, ship motors, precision instruments, and foodstuffs.

Much of the Port of Kiel was destroyed during World War II, but it has been rebuilt. Extensive green spaces were added in the re-building effort, and many important historic landmarks were restored. The oldest botanical gardens in Germany are located near the old university, and the Institute of Marine Biology in the Port of Kiel contains an aquarium

Port Commerce

The Port of Kiel (German) owns the public facilities and infrastructure and is responsible for developing and maintaining the port. It also operates the public railway company.SEEHAFEN KIEL Stevedoring GmbH, which belongs to the Federal State Capital of Kiel, provides warehousing and cargo-handling services. KombiPort Kiel GmbH (German) operates the intermodal facility.

The Port of Kiel is one of Germany’s most cost-effective and versatile Baltic Sea ports. With depths suitable for ocean-going vessels and direct road and rail links, it is an important center for handling goods and passengers.

The Port of Kiel contains over five thousand meters of quays along the fjord that can support almost any size of vessel. It offers ample cargo-handling and storage space. In 2007, the Port of Kiel handled 5.3 million tons of cargo, 1.6 million ferry and cruise passengers, and 114 cruise vessels.

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The Port of Kiel has terminals at Norwegenkai, Schwedenkai, the Bollhornkai-Nord, the Ostseekai, the Sartorikai, and the Bollhornkai-Sud, all of which make up the Stadhafen (state port). The port covers 426 thousand square meters and includes 25 thousand square meters of warehouses. Silos have capacity to store 120 thousand tons, and there are seven roll-on/roll-off berths. Port depths at the quays range from 8.5 to 11.5 meters.

Nordhafen is an industrial site within the Port of Kiel. It has a tri-modal facility with 970 meters of quay-side rails, silos with capacity for 77 thousand tons, and over 15 thousand square meters of free-standing area. Located directly on the Kiel Canal, Nordhafen can serve inland and ocean-going transport, and it is near the Kiel-Wik industrial park.

The Scheerhafen, at the entrance to the Kiel Canal, is the city’s Wik district. Supporting self-loading bulk vessels, it contains quays of 300 meters with alongside depth to 9.5 meters. It offers 8 thousand square meters of open storage, 1.4 thousand square meters of covered sheds, and fuel depots with capacity for 36 thousand cubic meters.

The Kiel Canal Harbors are near the Holtenau Lock at the Canal’s entrance. These facilities serve bulk cargoes, imports of oil and building materials, and exports of agricultural produce.

The Port of Kiel contains three passenger terminals, the Norwegenkai, Schwedenkai, and Ostseekai. The Cruise Terminal at Ostseekai is the main cruise terminal, serving over 100 cruise vessels and 200 thousand passengers each year. Located in the city center, it is a modern terminal with excellent facilities for both passengers and vessels. With two piers and gangways, it has quays of 500 meters with alongside depth of up to ten meters. The terminal can serve three thousand passengers at the same time.

The Port of Kiel also serves a busy passenger service in ferry traffic to Russia and the Baltic states. Located in the Ostuferhafen district, regular shipping services link the port to Klaipeda, St. Petersburg, and Kaliningrad. The ferry terminal offers ten berths, roll-on/roll-off facilities, an intermodal terminal, and generous warehouse and open storage space.

Cruising and Travel

During World War II, Allied bombs destroyed most of the historic buildings in the Port of Kiel, and much of the city’s rebuilding created modern architecture.

The single biggest tourist attraction in the City of Kiel is the Kieler Woche, one of Germany’s biggest festivals and one of the world’s biggest sailing events. During the Kieler Woche, the city center becomes an international fair with foods and crafts from around the world and celebrity performers appearing every night.

Visitors who attend the festival should book their lodgings well in advance. During the day, there are events for children throughout the week, and many open-air concerts are held in the evening. Several countries operate booths in the market with their own food and drink.

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The Port of Kiel is a sea-based city, and its residents love the ocean and the Firth. They prize the harbor, the huge ferries moving people across the Baltic, and the giant cranes on the docks. The city loves water. Its harbor continues to expand, and it’s home to important international research on the ocean and ocean life. It’s a highly-specialized naval center and a world-class center for yachting and water sports.

Travelers who want to visit the Port of Kiel by sea can find a list of cruises on the Cruise Compete website.

Port of Kiel: enquiries number: +49 431 9822 / 141

Live aus dem HafenHaus

Am Bollhörnkai ist mit dem HafenHaus ein bemerkenswertes Gebäude entstanden, das zur neuen attraktiven Silhouette der Landeshauptstadt an der Förde beiträgt.
Dabei besticht das HafenHaus äußerlich durch eine in Kiel erstmals verwirklichte doppelwandige gläserne Fassadenkonstruktion, die nicht nur höchsten ästhetischen Ansprüchen genügt sondern auch bauphysikalisch Maßstäbe setzt. Hohe Energieeffizienz und wirksamer Lärmschutz sind dabei wichtige Merkmale, die das Gebäude auszeichnen.

Das HafenHaus an der Kieler Förde

Alle Etagen bieten auch von innen eine weitreichende Transparenz für moderne und helle Büros mit Traumaussicht durch raumhoch verglaste Fassadenelemente zu allen Seiten. Die einmalige Atmosphäre ist auch im nach technisch modernstem Standard ausgestattetenKonferenzzentrum präsent, das gern auch Dritten etwa für Seminare vermietet wird.


The seaport of Kiel is one of the most versatile and cost-effective Baltic Sea ports. Its favourable geographical position, with sufficient water depth for seagoing ships in all areas, and with direct links to rail and road networks, make it attractive both for goods handling and for passenger traffic.

The port also benefits from its favourable position at the entrance to the world’s most frequented waterway, the Kiel Canal.


Beispiel Großraumbüro HafenHaus

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Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an:

Frau Angela Jekat
Bollhörnkai 1
24103 Kiel

Phone +49 (0) 431.98 22-139
Fax +49 (0) 431.98 22-300