Network It's the mix: Our “Rhine, Sea, and Land” service.

There's no question about it: Trucks are and will remain indispensable in the transport modality mix. Especially for shorter distances, there is usually no alternative. Nevertheless, the disadvantages of road transport are just as unmistakable: a lack of planning reliability due to time-consuming traffic jams, a sub-optimal road infrastructure and, last but not least, the rather unfavourable ecological balance.

The truck only becomes economical, flexible and ecologically compatible when combined in intelligent interaction with ship- and rail transport.

CTS Container Terminal GmbH, as a centrally located multifunctional hub, enables this intermodal connection: for efficient and cost-effective transport within the region, and to numerous European destinations.

State-of-the-art capabilities, with cumulative, mature expertise.




Our own established railway product from Cologne to the German seaports, with connections to various Bavarian locations

Handling of various European railway products, availability of reefer connections

Conversion to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015

Introduction of an RF-Code system via GPS/WLAN for the organisation of the parking space

ISPS Certification

AEO certification

Enlargement of the office building to 3 floors

Demolition of warehouses for expansion of the storage area by 21,000 square metres

Commissioning of the new EK-19, identical in construction to the EK-18

Implementation of quality management certification under DIN EN ISO 9001:2000

Commissioning of the Antwerp Pier with the EK-18 crane (featuring a span of up to 12 ISO centimetres width above water, considered the largest crane installation along the Rhine)

Establishment of the "Rail Service Centre" at the Westkai terminal, commissioning of an additional crane, implementation of block train traffic to and from Rotterdam

Installation of the “Depot Service Center” at the Molenkopf terminal, with an additional crane

Expansion of the terminal area by 10,000 square metres and construction of the EK-17 container gantry crane

The KLV connection “Albatros” will be relocated from Cologne-Eifeltor to Cologne-Niehl, thus providing a direct link to the seaports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg

In January: operational start of the terminal at the Port of Cologne, Niehl location, serving a storage area of approx. 8,000 square metres with a container gantry crane

Optimal transport connections -- generous transhipment capacities.


CTS Container Terminal GmbH is the largest trimodal container terminal along the Rhine, and currently also the largest transhipment facility of the neska intermodal group.

Its location on the federal waterway, and direct connections to the rail network and five major autobahns, open up a wide range of logistical possibilities for the various modes of transport. Located at the port of Cologne-Niehl, CTS is a central hub in one of Germany's most important economic and industrial regions. The handling of railway products is one of our major business areas.

With daily train- and barge departures, we transport goods by rail to the German seaports and to Rotterdam, and by barge to Rotterdam and Antwerp.

On an area of more than 130,000 m², we have large storage capacities with extensive options for storing various loading units and goods of all kinds. Security is a top priority: The entire area is fenced in and video-monitored. The four terminal areas are managed by five container gantry cranes and eight reach stackers, among other equipment.

With optimal transport connections via land and water, and comfortable, generous capacities and modern technical equipment, CTS offers the ideal conditions for successful logistics.

In 2019, we handled a total of over 400,000 TEU for our customers.

Our technology at a glance

  • 5 container gantry cranes, up to 50 t
  • 8 reach stackers, up to 42 t
  • 2 container stackers, up to 17 t
  • 130,000 square metres of outdoor storage space
  • Maintenance and repair of containers according to IICL standards
  • Sale, rental and conversion of containers

Transport connections

  • Navigation: quay length 800 m
  • Railway: track length 4,200 m
  • Trucks: optimal autobahn connections (A1, A3, A4, A57, A59)

Storage area

  • Total 130,000 m²

Data & Facts

CTS Container-Terminal GmbH
Stapelkai/Niehl Hafen
50735 Köln 

Company headquarters

Entry in the commercial register
HRB 14115 District Court (Amtsgericht) Cologne 

neska Schiffahrts- und Speditionskontor GmbH (62.5 %)
DB Intermodal Services GmbH (22.5%)
HGK Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG (15%) 

Oliver Grossmann, Dirk Meyer