INLAND WATERWAY ELBE RIVER
Saxony has direct access to the North German seaports and, thus, international trade through the Elbe River, a federal waterway. The Elbe River flows through Saxony with a length of 180 km. Together with the Rhine River, it is the busiest waterway in Germany.
With Dresden, Riesa, and Torgau, the Federal State of Saxony has efficient and effective trimodally operating inland ports where numerous companies that rely on the ports have set up their business and created a total of 600 jobs. Together with Děčín and Lovosice (Czech Republic) as well as Dessau-Rosslau (Saxony-Anhalt), the three ports in Saxony are part of the Sächsische Binnenhäfen Oberelbe GmbH (SBO) inland port corporation. With its six ports, the SBO provides highly competitive shipping services along the Upper Elbe River from one source.
The Alberthafen port in Dresden-Friedrichstadt is a universal port. The port’s central location and its direct access to federal highway B6, federal expressway A4, and the DB AG’s core rail network all provide optimal locational conditions for trimodal transport. Dresden’s Alberthafen port provides high volume facilities for the transshipment of general, bulk, and heavy cargoes as well as containers with cranes having a maximum lifting capacity of 85 tons (tandem operation). Ultramodern quay facilities permit the easy transshipment of heavy goods with mobile crane technology. In addition, a ro ro facility is available at the port for the loading and unloading of goods weighing up to 370 tons.
The inland port Riesa has direct access to the federal highways B6 and B69 as well as to the DB AG’s core rail network. Cranes having a maximum lifting capacity of 50 tons (tandem operation) are available for the transshipment of containers as well as general, bulk, and heavy cargoes. In cooperation with TFG Transfracht, the SBO offers several weekly departures with the container block train system Albatros-Express from the port in Riesa to Hamburg / Bremerhaven and back. In addition, the inland waterway shipping line ECL2000 (Elbe Container Line) travels between Riesa and Hamburg several times a week.
The port in Torgau, which provides direct access to the federal highways B87, B182, and B183 as well as to the DB AG’s core rail network, excels with its superb location right in the heart of the business region Leipzig/Halle. Cargo handling and transshipment are carried out with cranes having a lifting capacity of up to 35 tons. Since 2007, the Torgau port has been linked directly to the North German seaports via the inland waterway shipping line ETS Elbe (Ecological Transport Service).