Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Natural hub in the Scandria Corridor

With a dense network of larger and smaller ports Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers the best conditions for shipping.

There are various ferry, ro/ro and tramp connections for bulk cargo. And the ports are flexible – new market needs can be fulfilled quickly. Within the Scandria Corridor, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is an important transfer location for freight transport to and from Scandinavia. The modern ports are not only transfer points, but also industrial clusters (offshore, steel etc.) and logistic locations.

Transport within Mecklenburg-Vorpommern leads you through an extensive system of congestion free motorways. With a railway network of approx. 1,700 km, rail transport is possible without any problems.

An extensive intermodal rail network connects Rostock with many destinations across Europe, e. g. daily connections to Verona, Basle and Hamburg as well as to different locations in Central and South Europe like Vienna, Wels, Novara and Brno. The logistics industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern steadily works on new connections to Central and South East Europe.

Best practice:

A new Motorways of the Sea project between Rostock and Gedser has been approved in 2010. Scandlines has recently commissioned two new ships for the connection of Rostock and Gedser. By summer 2012, these ferries will double the freight capacity and transport 1.5 times as many passengers as the ferries in service today. The loading and unloading process will continue to take only 15 minutes. Additionally the ferries can be equipped with LNG technology (liquefied natural gas). Moreover, a second Motorway of the Sea has been established between Rostock and Trelleborg, aiming at the improvement of intermodal transport flows between Scandinavia and Central Europe.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is an ideal location for maritime logistics.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is an ideal location for maritime logistics.

Information about the region
Size of the region 1
23,191 km² (2011)
Number of inhabitants 1
1.6 mio (2011)
GDP per capita 1
21,200 € (2009)
Export 2
7,183 mio € (2011)
Import 2
4,498 mio € (2011)
People employed in the transport / logistics sector 3
31,000
Most important hubs and ports
Rostock 4
22 mio t (2011)
Sassnitz / Mukran 4
5 mio t (2011)
Wismar 4
3 mio t (2011)

Sources: 1: Eurostat; 2: Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland; 3: LogistikinitiativeMecklenburg-Vorpommern; 4: Port of Rostock

Landesverband Hafenwirtschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 350 5900
Gesa Köhler,
Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and State Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern