Port of Rostock strengthens cooperation on new silk road

In the course of the logistics trade fair “transport logistic” in Munich (4th to 7th of June) the port of Rostock underlined its ambitions to play an active role in the attempts to stimulate the new silk road by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. Among others the Eurasian railway company UTLC-ERA, that carries 76 % of all container transports on the new silk road, acts as a cooperation partner. Already since last November, the port of Rostock is part of a new connection between Italy and China.

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Guidelines for the digital transformation of logistics published

The Association of German Freight Forwarders and Logistics Operators has published its guidelines named “in-novation radar” to support the industry in terms of digital transformation. Issues of the digitalisation are picked out as a central theme as well as frame conditions for logistics 4.0 and the formulation of policy recommendations. Regarding the challenges of the digital age, the Logistics Initiative of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also brought out ten tips that may help you to successfully transform your company towards digitalisation.

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New loading bays for port of Rostock

In the course of the new construction of berth no. 50 in the port of Rostock, the cross pier receives a combined bulkhead as well as two new RoRo-ramps until the end of the year. Thus, it will be possible to dispatch RoRo-ships up to a length of 250 meters at berth no. 51 and 41 in the future. The project is supported by public funds of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the amount of six million euros.

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Transport associations demand reactivation of railways

In the past years 6.000 km of the German railway system was taken out of service. Therefore, the two transport associations Pro-Rail Alliance and Association of German Transport Companies call the Federal Government to publish an agenda, that supports the reactivation of railways. Besides the decrease of environmental damages, the improved connections in rural areas are referred as positive effects of these actions. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has already restored 64 km of railways since 1994 and is thereby leading this statistic compared to other German states.

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Space flight-plans for Rostock Airport

The ministry of transport of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania confirmed, that there are plans to use the Airport of Rostock/Laage as a spaceport. In the course of the rise of the new commercial sector “New Space”, a cooperation with private companies of the aerospace industry has come into consideration. The location is rumoured to offer excellent circumstances for the activities of aerospace companies due to its sparsely populated surroundings and the neighbouring airspace of the Baltic Sea.

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New wind park “Arkona” brought into service

Located 35 kilometres ahead of the island of Rügen, “Arkona” is the most powerful wind park in the Baltic Sea and was solemnly opened on the 16th of April 2019. In the course of the operations the Mukran Port, as logistics platform of the project, already gained 50 long term employments created by the energy provider E.ON. Additionally, follow-up orders for the local economy are expected. The construction of the offshore unit, that contains 60 windmills, took one and a half years and will deliver electricity to 400.000 households.

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(road) traffic DIN Glossar ISO RoRo S-train air traffic apprenticeship automation automobile automobile logistics barcode beverage logistics big data block stacking block train bounded warehouse bulk cargo bunkering cabotage carbon footprint clearance clearing of flights closed warehouse cold storage combined transport common carrier contract logistics cruise ship customs clearance dangerous goods digitalization direct traffic disposal logistics excess length feeder traffic ferry traffic freight transport station gantry crane general cargo general cargo vessel gigaliner heavy cargo heavy goods traffic heavy lift and project cargo high-capacity transport high rack warehouse industrial trucks inland transport inland waterway transport intermodal transport joint-venture just-in-time liner shipping liquid bulk long-distance traffic maintenance maritime transport marshalling yard movement of passengers multi-purpose ship multimodal transport offshore open depot order picking outbound logistics packaging packaging logistics pallet racking perishables pipeline transportation port / habour procurement logistics qualification quality management rail regulare traffic returns management securing of load shipping container short sea shipping shunting services silo single wagon load smart logistics solid bulk special logistics special vehicle stevedoring swap body tank tanker tracking and tracing trailer tramp shipping urban transport value-added services vehicle fleet wagonload freight water(-ways)

(road) traffic

describes the usage of roads, to transport goods and people.


(Deutsche Industrie-Norm) is used to standardize processes. There are many logistics DIN.


Some of the common used Terms are explained here. After choosing a letter, you are going to see a List of Definitions.


(International Standard Organisation) is an international standard-setting organization, composed of representatives from various national standards organization.


(Roll on, Roll off) describes a ship, desgined to carry rolling-stock cargo, which does not require cranes, but is driven on and off the ship's decks.


is an urban-suburban rail, which is serving a metropolitan region.

air traffic

describes the organized movement of aircraft within a given space, to moove goods and persons.


is a kind of Jobtraining, to get a qualification. The apprentice works learn a trade.


is an automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process or system by mechanical or electronic devices, that takes the place of human labor.


is a motorised vehicle. It is designed to transport people and goods.

automobile logistics

is the management of material flow through an automotive organization, from raw materials through to finished goods.


is a code, consisting of a group of printed and variously patterned bars and spaces and sometimes numerals, that is designed, to be scanned and read into computer memory and that contains information about the object it labels.

beverage logistics

summarizes all procurement, maintenance, distribution and replacement of personnel and material, which are necessary to have the beverage in the right spot at the right time.

big data

describes a large volume of data - bouth structured and unstructured - that has the potential to be mined for information.

block stacking

is a very basic form of storage, in which objects are placed on a surface and stacked on top of one another in blocks.

block train

is a train in which all wagons carry the goods from the same origin to the same destination.

bounded warehouse

is a warehouse, under bond of the government for payment of customs, duties and taxes.

bulk cargo

describes goods which are transported unpacked in large quantities.


is the supply of fuel for use by ships in a seaport.


is the carriage of cargo between two points within a country by a vessel or vehicle registered in another country.

carbon footprint

is the measure of the enviromental impact of a particular organizations operation, measured in units of greenhouse gases.


the act of clearing a ship at the customhouse, also: the papers, showing that a ship has cleared.

clearing of flights

describes all necessary preparations for take-off.

closed warehouse

is a building for storage of goods, which covers the stored goods.

cold storage

is storage in a cold place for preservation.

combined transport

is the connection of at least two modes of transportation in a transportchain, whreby freight remains in the load unit. The longest distances are covered by rail and ship. Trucks are used for precarriage and onward carriage.

common carrier

is someone who transports goods or people for any person or company. The common carrier is responsible for any loss of the goods during transport.

contract logistics

describes planning, implementing and control of a logistics system provided through a third party under a contract.

cruise ship

is a ship which stops at different ports and carries passengers, who are traveling for pleasure.

customs clearance

is the act of passing goods through customs, so that they can enter or leave the country.

dangerous goods

are goods which can pose a risk to people, animals or the environment if not properly handled.


is the use of digital technologies to change a business modell and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities.

direct traffic

describes the direct delivering of goods from the supplier or producer to the customer. The means of transport aren't changed.

disposal logistics

means the handling of scrap, waste and refuse to prevent enviromental pollution and waste of ressources. Most of the production waste can be reused or recycled.

excess length

describes a length, essential more than standard.

feeder traffic

describes the transportation of shipping containers between intercontinental and small ports.

ferry traffic

is a commercial service for transporting goods and persons across water.

freight transport station

a facility for loading and unloading cargo. They are used to calculate the kilometre.

gantry crane

is a large crane, mounted on a platform. That crane usually runs back and forth on parallel tracks astride the work area.

general cargo

are goods, which must be loaded individually. It is not necessary to combine the goods to a bigger unit for transport.

general cargo vessel

is a vessel designed to handle general cargo such as bags, cartons, cases and drums.


are trucks with an overall lenght of 25,25 metre. These trucks aren't allowed to drive on every road.

heavy cargo

describes goods, which have more weight than common for this size.

heavy goods traffic

describes the transportation of goods, which have more weight than common for their dimensions.

heavy lift and project cargo

describes the transportation of large, heavy cargo.

high-capacity transport

is a transport of goods, which exceeds the standard or ordinary legal size for roads.

high rack warehouse

describes the storage of goods in special racks, which are 10m and higher.

industrial trucks

is a mobile, power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier materials.

inland transport

describes the onshore transportation of goods and persons.

inland waterway transport

describes inland waterway shipping (e. g.: on a river, canal).

intermodal transport

refers to connectin at least two modes of transportation in a transportation chain, whereby freight remains in the load unit. In combined transport load units not the fright itself are transshipped.


is a business arrangement, in which two or more parties agree to pool their resources for the purpose of accomplishing a specific task. This task can be a new project or any other business activity.


(JIT) is an inventory strategy, companies employ to increase efficiency and decrease waste by receiving goods only as they are needed in the production process, thereby reducing inventory costs.

liner shipping

is the service of transporting goods by ships, which transit regular routes on fixed schedules.

liquid bulk

is a fluid cargo which is transported in large volumes.

long-distance traffic

describes the transportation of goods and persons beyond urban transport.


are actions, necessary for retaining or restoring a piece of equipment, machine or system to the specified operable condition to achieve ist maximum usefull life.

maritime transport

is the shipment of goods and people by sea.

marshalling yard

is a place or depot, where railway wagons are shunted and made up into trains and where carriages, engines, etc. are kept when not in use.

movement of passengers

describes all traffic, which is used to transport people.

multi-purpose ship

is any ship capable of carrying different types of cargo, which requires different methods of handling.

multimodal transport

is the movement of cargo from origin to destination by several modes of transport where each of these modes have a different transport provider or entity responsible, but under a single contract.


describes the area towards the territorial waters.

open depot

describes a place for storing goods without any buildings.

order picking

is the activity by which a small number of goods are extracted from a warehousing system, to satisfy a number of independent customer orders.

outbound logistics

is the process related to the movement and storage of products from the end of the production line to the end user.


is the practice of combining several related goods or sevices into a single offer.

packaging logistics

describes planning, implementing, optimization and control of the packaging process of a company.

pallet racking

is a storage system, designed to store materials on pallets.


describes goods, which can lose ist usefulness and value if not appropriately stored or transported.

pipeline transportation

is a method of transportation, in which liquid, gaseous, or solid products are moved over long distances through pipelines.

port / habour

is an artificial or natural mooring place for ships.

procurement logistics

is the systematic coordination of all aspects of the procurement process. The goal is to obtain materials, services or products at the best possible cost.


describes the acquirement of skills and knowledge.

quality management

is the act of overseeing all activities and tasks needed to maintain a desired level of quality.


is a steel bar or continuous line of bars laid on the ground as one of a pair.

regulare traffic

describes a public transportation line, which runs between specific waypoints. This is usually used to transport people.

returns management

is the supply chain management process, by which activities associated with returns, reverse logistics, gatekeeping, and avoidance are managed within the firm and across key members of the supply chain.

securing of load

is the securing of cargo for transportation. The cargo has to be protected from unauthorized access, influence of the weather and against shift of cargo.

shipping container

describes a standardized resealable transportation box for unitized freight handling with standardized equipment. The two most common sizes used in transportation are twenty footer and forty footer.

short sea shipping

means the movement of cargo and passengers by sea, between ports situated in the same continent.

shunting services

describes the total of services at the marshalling yard.


is a structure for storing bulk materials. The silo is loaded on top and unloaded at the bottom.

single wagon load

wagon loads from different sellers and customers are assembled at a marshaling yard and transported together.

smart logistics

describes the optimization of logistic processes. This optimization is supported by computerengineering.

solid bulk

is a solid cargo, which is transported in a loose form without any packaging. It is scaled by weight.

special logistics

describes the arrangement and realisation of transports with special needs.

special vehicle

are vehicles, which are build to fulfill a specific purpose. Often they have additional equipment.


describes loading and unloading a vessel with general cargo.

swap body

describes a carrying unit, designed for intermodal transport.


describes a large container, or structure for holding a liquid or gas.


is a cargo ship, fitted with tanks, for carrying liquid and gases.

tracking and tracing

is a process, during logistics or distribution of goods, where the goods are monitored as per their locations.


is an unpowered vehicle, which is used for transport of goods and materials.

tramp shipping

is a ship, which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.

urban transport

are many forms of transportation, which transfer people and cargo within the territory of a city and the immediate suburban zones.

value-added services

are additional services, out of the main activities of a company.

vehicle fleet

is a group of vehicles, owned by a company and used for business purposes.

wagonload freight

describes the dispatching of freight. The fright's size is equal to one ore more wagonload.


is made up of natural and non natural inland waterways and the sea.



Logistics in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – more than transportation from one place to another

More than 250 billion € were generated by a workforce of almost 3.0 million people within the logistics industry in Germany during the year of 2015. This makes the sector the third strongest branch after the automotive production and domestic trade [Fraunhofer SCS / Top 100 der Logistik 2016-2017], even though this part of industry is not individually mentioned within the National Accounts. Logistics nowadays go far beyond the pure transport services and warehousing by a continual improvement of the foci and objectives. Logistics includes the integral planning, control and realisation of all information and goods flows of a company. As a result it is a substantial element to achieve economic success. [Helmut Baumgarten / Logistik-Management – Strategien - Konzepte - Praxisbeispiele].

The success of logistics is primarily defined by the ability to provide

  • the right product
  • in the right condition
  • at the right time
  • in the right place
  • the right amount
  • to the right costs and
  • with the right information.

There is no need to say that it is also important to consider the right packaging as No. 8.

Alike for the federal republic logistics industry with its different disciplines is very important for the business location of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV), serving as a logistics junction of the Baltic Sea Region and the Tans-European Transport Network. The transportation and logistics sector counts more than 40,000 employees in the year of 2014. This corresponds to a share of 7.4 % of the total employment in MV and is dominated by

  • professions in the field of transportation and delivery (41 %)
  • professions in the field of warehousing and transfer (40 %) as well as
  • professions in the field of administration and commercials (19 %) [Fraunhofer SCS / Logistikbeschäftigung in Deutschland – Vermessung, Bedeutung und Struktur].

The range of capabilities and innovative capacity of the logistics service providers and logistics-related companies, measured by the status quo as well as the latest developments, has not tapped its full potential. With this tool providing information on logistics in MV you have got the chance to convince yourself of the regional expertise and to benefit from it.