Which ship is being restored to prime condition for upcoming missions on the high seas right now at German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven? And where are large ships such as the “MSC Oscar” located at this precise moment in time? Our interactive ship tracking service has the answers – worldwide and in real time!
Almost 200 years as a maritime centre
Since Bremerhaven was founded in 1827, the “city on the sea” has been a maritime centre, due to its proximity to the sea and its unique mix of short routes, clear structures and high growth potential. The only large city on Germany’s North Sea coast (110,000 inhabitants) has a long tradition of shipbuilding. As early as the 19th century, this still developing city was already experiencing rapid growth and gaining worldwide significance in shipping. Thousands of Germans were setting off from Bremerhaven to try their luck in the New World – an account of which is given in the German Emigration Centre, which received the accolade of “European Museum of the Year” in 2007.
In 2013, the company Rickmers Lloyd Dockbetrieb and the ship technology business unit of the MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven AG merged their operations to form German Dry Docks (GDD). As a specialist for repairs to ships and engines, German Dry Docks has business premises which stretch to 1,600 m in length at a central Kaiserhafen location. In the six docks, which have a possible load draft of 11.5 metres over the keel blocks, German Dry Docks embodies its claim of “Excellence in Ships & Engines”. The fact that all the trades needed for shipbuilding are readily available in Bremerhaven allows for a greater degree of flexibility and ensures that all GDD customers benefit from the capacities, which are deployed with versatility.
Targeted searches for ships and ports
If you would like to know which ships are being repaired, overhauled or refitted at German Dry Docks at this moment in time, you can find out using the interactive ship tracking service. But you can also use it to find out what’s happening at the other large German sea ports such as Hamburg, Bremen and JadeWeserPort at Wilhelmshaven. This fascinating maritime map gives a live view of what’s happening at sea and in the container ports and what course the ship you have searched for is taking. You can do targeted searches for individual ships and ports. A variety of search filters will help you to make your selection. For a quick overview, various ship types are marked in different colours – green denotes a freight ship, for example, and blue denotes a passenger ship. Enjoy using it!