Ferry dock, Rostock Seaport
Innovative port facility with two loading ramps
The seaport of the city of Rostock is one of the main ferry ports serving the Baltic Sea. Berth 54 at Pier 1 required to be developed in order to serve two new ferries of the Rostock-Gedser route, with the goal of doubling its transport capacity. The innovative, modern facility, with two ramps, was designed especially for the highly specialised ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) ships that will use it, which can have tailback lengths of up to 1,600 m while vehicles are being processed and waiting to board via the main and upper decks. Vehicle processing is a critical element of the ferry concept, with the complete unloading and loading process, and ship departure, to be completed in just 15 minutes. The work undertaken makes a two-hour timetable possible, enhancing the route’s customer acceptance.
Inros Lackner was responsible for the design process, up to and including contract management and site supervision for the entire facility. In the course of the design work, a subsequently patented ramp solution for optimising ferry loading operations was developed.