Alfred Grefen

The author studied Business Administration in Göttingen and Cologne, and was initially manager of the Northern Rhine Transport Company before he was voted Works Manager of the Port and Railway Company in 1978. He is also a member of various committees, including the German Federal Public Inland Ports Association (BÖB), the German Transport Association, the Local Authority Employers’ Association and many transport committees.

Krefeld’s industrial and commercial Port - a flexible, centrally-located Trans-Shipment Point



Turning containers around at the Krefeld Port.


Krefeld’s port and rail company is a commercial enterprise belonging to the city and is operated as an independent entity. The ports consist of the Uerdinger Ufer (Uerdingen River Bank), the Krefeld Bank in the suburb of Linn and an area of ground in Gellep Stratum, where the port is being extended. Next to the port area most of the property is intended as an industrial port, which means properties going back 400 metres from the river bank to enable production and processing right next door to rail and water-borne transport. As an industrial and commercial port, Krefeld’s Rhine Port offers generous amounts of room for new companies to establish a presence, and as a modern transport company lying between the 762nd and the 766th kilometre on the Rhine, is a flexible, centrally-located point of trans-shipment for all manufacturing and sales companies in Germany and the rest of Europe




Tightly organised methods, short distances and favourable business conditions distinguish the services offered by the Krefeld Rhine Port.


Krefeld’s Rhine Port has a surface area of some 600,000 m2 and 11.4 km of wharves. The two cranes and a trimodal crane owned by the city authorities currently lift about 10 % of all the cargo that passes through the port. Most of this is lifted by companies located at the port using their own cranes. In addition a state-of-the-art trimodal container terminal was constructed in 1999 by the Port and Railway Company, which is operated by a private company with a 40 tonne capacity trimodal crane and more than 4,200 m2 of concreted and waterproof storage space with room for 1,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit containers).

Because of its favourable location right next to the Rhine with 250 m of wharves, waiting times for container ships can be avoi- ded. The port has a surface area of 500 ha and the extended river banks, used for transshipment, are 7.1 km long. Two of them are ready for use by cranes. The construction of more sheet piling is planned as another future investment.




The port has an area of some 600,000 m2 of water.


The Krefeld Port also has a total of 145,500 m2 of storage space, of which 13,500 m2 are open and 132,000 m2 are covered. Tank-rooms measuring 50,300 m3 are used to store liquefied cargo. The bunkers and silos currently have capacity for 125,000 tonnes of goods. Flexibility, tightly organised methods, short distances and good business conditions distinguish the services offered by Krefeld’s Rhine Port. The services include loading facilities for liquid goods, liquid gases, grain, feed, conveyor belts and equipment for loading and unloading sacks and heavy goods.

Ideal, chronologically independent services ensure the Port’s railways - the Krefeld City Railway and the Krefeld Port Railway - complete the exhaustive list services available.

The Krefeld City Railway connects the various factories and trading companies at the port and near the Krefeld wholesale market and at the Bruchfeld industrial park with the Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) line. It is operated as a private railway for public transport and is the most important connection between the port and the city.

The Krefeld Industrial Railway connects the industrial area to the south of Krefeld with the German Railways network. The Krefeld Industrial Railway has a total of five locomotives, about 30 of its own goods wagons and 56 km of track. About 40 companies have direct access to the Port and Rail Company.

In the area of the port there are many possibilities for building or renting buildings that have access to this transport infrastructure. These include areas of ground with access to wharves, rail and road transport; industrial space with rail and road access; and commercial space with road access.

Very good connections to all relevant transport modes emphasise the good geographical location of Krefeld’s Rhine Port - whether by water, rail or road. From here there are very good road connections to the A 57 and A 44 autobahns and the B 288 and the B5 7 federal highways.


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