The role of Germany in shipping is still huge with mainports in Hamburg and Bremen.
The Bremen ports comprise both the Bremen and Bremerhaven harbours. These in their turn are the two poles of a group of ports, to which also belong Brake and Nordenham.
Large bulk transshipment installations are located at the lower weser ports Bremerhaven and Nordenham.
Wilhelmshaven has the most important oil terminals of Germany.

The historical developments have increased the international importance of the port of Hamburg and recovered its traditional Hinterland with the European Community, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
Hamburg is the major German seaport, which has modern equipped facilities for handling all kind of dry bulk, liquid cargoes and further growing container traffic.