The Port of Brunsbuttel includes the deepwater terminal Elbehafen-Brunsbuttel on the N bank of the river, 1 mile E of the canal entrance, and the non-tidal basins and berths at the Inner Harbour.

Brunsbuttel Elbe Harbour, is a multipurpose pier consisting of the Tanker and the Bulk/General Cargo Terminal with a total length of 1,095 m of concrete pier. Located in the Elbe-Riverbank about 1/2 nm upstream from Brunsbuttel Canal Locks. The depth alongside the Tanker Berth is about 48'00" MLT, depth alongside Bulk/General Cargo Berths is about 52'50" MLT and the tidal range is 08'00" with an unlimited max. length and max. beam.
Max. arrival freshwater draft for tanker is 13.80 m for berthing at normal highwater. Maximum draft for vessels calling/departing the bulk section at Brunsbuttel-Elbe Harbour is limited to 14.80 m freshwater. (All draft restrictions are subject to normal tidal- and weather-conditions). No airdraft restriction.

The terminal also provides a container storage area capable for abt. 2000 TEU plus some 500 TEU for containing classified dangerous goods cargoes. Hanling on sea going ships is effected by level luffing cranes and on pier by means two reach stackers, truck as well as wagon loading/unloading facilities are in place.

The terminal is used for handling oil, LPG, dry bulk cargo and carrying out repairs. Connections for ship telephones available at all berths.


Cement terminal - Brunsbuettel Innerharbour

Location: inside the Kiel Canal on the southern side abt. 0,7 nm from Brunsbüttel locks

Design: Finger jetty

Operator: Messrs.: Holicim AG , Hamburg

Commodity handled: Cement in bulk


Max acceptable ship’s dimensions:

LOA: 120,00 metres

Beam: n.a.

Draft: 6,50 m fw

Preferred ship’s types: Cement tanker and box shapped coastal bulkers, which have to provide a special hole connection on the hatchcovers.


Vegoil and BioDiesel terminal - Brunsbuettel Innerharbour

Location : inside the Kiel Canal on the southern side abt. 0,9 nm behind Brunsbüttel locks

Operator : Messrs. Vesta GmbH&Co KG

Design: Finger jetty

Commodities handled: vegoil and bio diesel


Max acceptable dimensions:

LOA: 160,00 m

Beam : 23,00 m

Max dwt: 12.000

Max draft: 9,00 FW

Vessels may normally berth and unberth any time day and night. However, laden tankers are not berthed if the visibility is less than 1,000 m. Tankers should berth against the ebb tide and moor port side to. In case the gas tanker has been delayed during the river passage, it is not permitted to swing the vessel E of the berth; if necessary, additional tugs must be employed to assist vessel in berthing. Only one (1) tankship allowed to stay at the Elbe Harbour for discharging.

Tankers over 35,000 GRT must be moored with at least five (5) headlines, five (5) sternlines, four (4) springs and if possible four (4) crosslines, of which two (2) wire ropes will be provided from the shore. On gas tankers, at least one (1) line forward and aft and one (1) spring each end must be steel wires. Fire wires must be arranged over the offshore side forward and aft and tended throughout to keep the eyes of the wires just above the water line.

All gas tankers trading in German territorial waters are obliged to be in possession of a certificate duly issued by the relevant classification society confriming additional information to the IMO-Certificate of Fitness according to IMO-Res. A 328-IX or Res. MSC 5/84.

Special regulations for gas tankers (selected paragraphs only):

1. The max. volume of cargo in a gas tanker is limited to 15,000 m3. The volume of cargo in a single tank must not exceed 6,000 m3.

2. Only semi-pressurized tankers which are in possession of a valid IMO certificate for the transport of butane and/or propane according to IMO code resolution no. 328-IX (new ships), resolution no. 329-IX or for existing ships are permitted.

3. The gas tankers must be equipped with a refrigerating plant, which is capable of keeping the cargo on atmospheric pressure under extreme ambient conditions (45 deg. C air temperature, 32 deg. C water temperature). The refrigerating plant must consist of several identical units (at least two). In case one should fail, the other(s) must replace same fully.

4. The entire cargo (also transit cargo, if any) is to be kept in completely refrigerated condition when entering port and while loading/discharging.

5. The release of cargo vapour for the purpose of reducing pressure and/or temperature adjustment - except in emergency - is forbidden.

6. Whilst gas tankers are on the River Elbe, no materials like alkine (acetylene), polyine (polyacethylene), allene, kumulene, MAPP gases, must be carried on board as cargo. ("Rules for the Protection of Nuclear Power Stations against pressure waves resulting out of chemical reactions 13"). While handling gases, bunkering is not permitted.

7. The vessel has to leave the berth immediately upon completion of cargo operations.


8. Crude carriers must report H2S content in the tank's vapour phase. 

Non-tidal Basins and Berths:
Binnenhafen extends E from the locks to km 5.27 (canal kilometres).
Along the canal at Brunsbuttel there is one (1) bunker station with berthing facilities for vessels drawing up to 10.4 m.

Oil Harbour Brunsbuttel, on the N bank, is dredged to 12.0 m (39'06") and can accommodate vessels up to 235.0 m (771') in length and about 32.5 m beam. Max. draft 10.4 m. Prior to fixture authorities to be contacted via agents.

Tankers in addition to the normal mooring lines are required to be moored by at least one (1) steel wire forward and aft.

Note: Fire wires are required forward and aft, and one (1) life boat must be swung out, ready for lowering in an emergency. No airdraft restrictions.

Five (5) berths are available for oil handling:
No. 4 and 5 for tankers drawing up to 6.0 m (19'09").
No. 6, 7 and 8 for tankers drawing up to 10.4 m. Cargo hoses of 6", 8" and 10".

Ostermoor Harbour, which is operated by Messrs. Yara GmbH of Brunsbuttel, Messrs. Bayer AG and Messrs. Total Bitumen Deutschland GmbH is an artificial basin on the S bank of the canal at km 5.5.
It is dredged to a depth of 12.0 m and can accommodate vessels of the same dimensions as are accepted in the Oil Harbour, except as on Jetty no. 5. The airdraft at the Ostermoor Harbour is limited to 45.0 m. Vessels moor bow W, heading the canal. The use of constant tension winches is prohibited at berths No. 2 and 4.

There are four (4) berths operated by Messrs. Yara GmbH:
Berth No. 1 for handling urea, bagged or in bulk. Distance from water surface to ship's rail respec. edge of hatch coaming may not exceed 14.0 m if bulk cargo respec. 11.0 m if bagged cargo.

Berth No. 2 for handling heavy fuel oil. It is equipped with one (1) loading arm of 8" diameter. Loading/discharging rate is 800 t/h providing pressure being 3 bar and the temperature is not less than + 55 deg. C. Viscosity max. 35 deg. E/+55 deg. C. Working range of the loading arm is between 0.2 m and 16.0 m above water level; max. outreach 11.0 m (36').

Berth No. 3 is a waiting berth (dolphins).

Berth No. 4 is designed for handling anhydrous ammonia. It is equipped with one (1) cargo arm of 8" and one (1) vapour return arm of 4". The loading/discharging rate is up to 800*) t/h at -33 deg. C; 250 t/h at ambient temperature with vapour return line, and max. 500*) t/h at -33 deg. C without vapour return line. Working range of arms from 0 m to 21 m above the water level. Max. outreach 1 to 11 m.

*) reduced discharge rate at higher cargo temperature. Connection and disconnection of cargo arms will be carried out by terminal personnel.

Berth No.5 is being operated by Messrs. Bayer Chemical Works AG of Brunsbuttel. Max. permissable draft at this berth: 6,50 m FW. Vessels may berth with either side alongside. Discharge of several grades simultaneously being allowed but hose connections may not overcross each other. Shore arrangement of manifold connections to be observed when berthing. Position of shore manifolds sighted from West to East. Max. length: 105.0 m.

aaa) Hydrochloric Acid
bbb) Nitro Benzene
ccc) Caustic soda
ddd) Aniline Oil
eee) Formaldehyde
fff) Sulphur Acid
ggg) Cargo Slops / Washingwater

Berth No. 6 is being operated by Messrs. Total Bitumen Deutschland GmbH and can accomodated vessels same as in Brunsbuttel Oil Harbour. However, the maximum distance bow or stern to c/m is limited to 115.0 m. It is equiped with one (1) chicksan cargoarm of 10" diameter.

Disposal into barge only.

Gangways available at berths No. 2,4,5 and 6.

Telephones on board are compulsory and have the following numbers:

Berth No. 1: 87 213, Berth No. 2: 87 211, Berth No. 4: 87 212 , Berth No. 5: 87 566 and Berth no. 6: 888 276.

Fresh water available at berth No. 1,2,4 and 5. No connections for electricity.

Nitrogen obtainable at Berth No. 4 at ambient temp.

Fire wires (emergency towing wires) are required at berth No. 2,4,5 and 6. Regulations covering the Transport of Ammonia through the Kiel Canal. Liquid ammonia (UN No. 1005) may be transported in such vessels as comply with the following maritime police stipulations:

1. The vessel must present an IMO Suitability Certificate for the transport of ammonia, issued in accordance with the IMO Code, Resolution 328-IX (new vessels), Resolution 329-IX or for existing vessels.

2. The loading system must be so dimensioned that with an outside air temperature of +25 deg. C and water temperature of +20 deg. C, the cargo can be maintained for an undetermined duration without ammonia vapour being blown out via the safety valves.

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