Per region


The Ruhr area possesses numerous canals, the most important being the Rhine-Herne Canal and the Dortmund-Ems Canal. 34.4 million t of freight were transported within the Ruhr district in 2014.

The Dortmund-Ems Canal branches northward from the Ruhr area towards the Ems which flows into the North Sea much further north again. Together with the Ems, which adjoins it, the part of the Dortmund-Ems situated outside the Ruhr constitutes an autonomous section of a waterway. In 2014, 18.1 million t were transported on this section.

Navigation on the Elbe experienced very patchy regional development. Freight traffic on the Upper and Middle Elbe suffered a relatively significant decline. On the Lower Elbe, by contrast, within the catchment area of the seaport of Hamburg, an increase in freight traffic can be noticed. The Lower Elbe in the Hamburg region is typically used much more for freight transport than the Upper and Middle Elbe. 11.3 million t were transported on the Elbe between Hamburg and the North Sea in 2011 and in 2014, this number had risen up to 12.9 million tonnes.

Freight transport on the Mittelland Canal remained broadly constant at approximately 22 million t.

Type of goods transported on German inland waterways (in 1.000 t ) in 2014

Source : Calculation CCNR Secretariat on the basis of destatis data

Type of goods transported on the Mittelland-Canal (East-West Axis) in 1000 t in 2014

Source : destatis

Type of goods transported on the West German Canal region in 1000 t in 2014

Source : destatis

Type of goods transported on the Elbe region in 1000 t in 2014

Source : destatis