Stuttgart Port: The world is its oyster

Stuttgart Port is one of the largest logistic centres in the Stuttgart business community. Its innovative power and economic strength have earned it a leading position in the European landscape. As a fully fledged freight traffic centre, it offers a wide range of services provided daily by around 3,000 harbour employees.

Over 50 companies with national and international trading links are sited here and handle over three million tonnes of goods annually.

Coping with goods traffic on this scale requires an efficient transport network which ensures the necessary links beyond the region‘s boundaries.

Waterway – rail – road: this trimodality is the basis for Stuttgart Port‘s success and contributes to the competitiveness of the region‘s manufacturing industry. One of Stuttgart‘s main arteries, federal highway 10, runs right to the harbour and provides good links between the four quays and their railroad connections and also to the A8 and A81 motorways.

The port facilities are designed for large motorised ships. Together with the port railway they form the backbone of this low-cost and environmentally friendly transport network. Inland waterway craft handled here can, for instance, reach the ports of Rotterdam or Antwerp via the Nackar and Rhine in just 52 hours. Container trains loaded in the container terminal or rail/road transfer station cover the distances Stuttgart–Hamburg, Stuttgart–Rotterdam or Stuttgart–Bremerhaven in a so-called night sprint of around eight hours that is both low-cost and environmentally friendly.

These transport options are used, for instance, by the Mercedes-Benz company to supply their assembly facilities abroad with assembles like engines and gearboxes on a just-in-time basis. Against the background of globalisation, transport capacity inadequacies in the road and rail sectors and not least also for ecological reasons, waterbound freight transport has a promising future. The order of the day is therefore to extend the Neckar locks so that the river can also be navigated by 135 m ships. This construction project has been incorporated in the government‘s framework investment plan.

The stage is therefore set for the port of Stuttgart, in operation since 1958, to fulfil its long-term role as one of the region‘s most important transshipment locations.

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Harbour festival 2008

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View from the harbour to Wuerttemberg Hill and the burial chapel landmark built in 1824

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