Kiel Port (DEKEL)

Port Code DEKEL City Kiel
Port Name KIEL Country/Region Germany
Category Port City Route EUROPEAN BRANCH PORT
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Feeder Port

Introduction of Kiel Port (DEKEL)


The Port of Kiel is located at the top of the German Gulf, on the west side of the Baltic Sea. It is a natural ice-free port. The Kiel Canal is connected to the Elbe River and the North Sea, shortening the sea distance between the Port of Hamburg and Kiel by 229nmile, making the Baltic Sea and the North Sea closely connected. The Kiel Canal was excavated and completed in 1895 and is open day and night and used all year round. , With a total length of 98.7km and a water depth of 11.3m.

Natural conditions

The port has a temperate maritime climate, mild and humid, with more rain in winter. The annual average temperature is minus 4 degrees Celsius in January, the coldest month, and the hottest July is about 19 degrees Celsius. The annual average rainfall is about 800mm. No directional wind.

The distribution and berths of the port area The main berths of the terminal are as follows: 

  Wharf name Berth (a) shoreline length (m) maximum water depth (m)

NORTH HAVEN (North Harbor) 19 2000 11

INNER HAVEN (Ligang) 12 2500 10

SCHEER HAVEN (Hill Port) 2 200 10.3

Storage yard and capacity: The warehouse has an area of ​​27,000 square meters. The grain storage capacity is about 103,000 tons. The oil depot has a capacity of 70,000 cubic meters, and the open-air cargo yard area is about 1.3 square meters

Loading and unloading machinery and capabilities: loading and unloading equipment includes various shore cranes, portable cranes, bulk grain belt conveyors, oil pipelines and ro-ro facilities.

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Summary of DEKEL

The Port of Kiel (Port Code:DEKEL) is Germany's third busiest port for international passenger traffic behind Puttgarden on Fehmarn and Rostock. It is a significant port for passenger and cargo shipping located in Kiel, Germany. It occupies the inner part of the Baltic Sea inlet Kieler Förde and includes the approach to the locks at the eastern end of Kiel Canal. The port offers sheltered harbours, large turning basins, and deep water berths. Kiel’s main passenger shipping business are regularly scheduled cruiseferries to Norway, Sweden, and Lithuania which served 1.6 million passengers in 2018.
At the southern end of Kieler Förde lies the Inner Harbour (German: Stadthafen) with passenger terminals Ostseekai and Schwedenkai in the west and Norwegenkai on the eastern side. Located on the east bank of Kieler Förde, Ostuferhafen (English: East Side Harbour) is the largest coherent part of the port with a total area of 500,000 m² and a quay length of 1,700 m. It is primarily a cargo harbour with ro-ro and container terminals for the liner traffic to Northern Sweden, Russia and the Baltic states. Since June 2014 it also hosts one cruise berth. The Canal Harbours (German: Kanalhäfen) are located on the Kiel Canal. Nordhafen is situated on the southern side of the canal and has facilities for timber, bulk cargo, ro-ro, and container vessels.

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