About us

Buss Port Services operates all port activities of the Buss Group, which has been in existence since 1920. It all began more than 100 years ago with the founding of the Gerd Buss stevedoring company. The company quickly became renowned for the loading and unloading of ships and within a few years was one of the largest stevedoring companies in Hamburg. At its peak, Buss operated four transshipment terminals here. Today, in addition to the classic stevedoring services for general cargo vessels, the portfolio of Buss Port Services includes on-site plant logistics at the customer's premises as well as specialized personnel leasing. In addition, Buss operates four terminals independently or in partnerships.

TERMINALS

Customized Port Logistics

Buss Port Services has its own terminal in Stade near Hamburg, which specializes in handling bulk cargo, project cargo and heavy lift. The terminal in Sassnitz, operated in partnership, is a popular hub for the Baltic Sea region. The Buss terminal in Eemshaven, the Netherlands, has established itself as a base port for offshore wind projects in the North Sea. In Duisburg, Buss has been responsible for the plant logistics of a steel mill for over a decade.

AT A GLANCE

Buss Ports in Figures

100

years of Buss

The Buss Group was founded in Hamburg in 1920.

4

Terminals

We operate terminals independently or in partnerships in Stade, Sassnitz and Eemshaven as well as a factory port in Duisburg.

250

Employees

We offer our services with more than 250 employees in Germany and the Netherlands.

30

Nationalities

Colleagues from 30 countries of origin work successfully together with us.

Management

The Management of Buss Ports

Morten Lund

Morten Lund was born in 1969 in Vibor, Denmark. After graduating from high school in Denmark with a commercial diploma, he served in the Danish Royal Life Guard. This was followed by various professional positions with the Danish shipping company A.P. Møller-Mærsk, for which he worked for over 20 years. This included further training at management academies in Brussels and Denmark as well as positions with Maersk Line in Europe and Africa and later with APM Terminals in the Middle East and Asia. He was then responsible for the commercial success of the new Khalifa Port Container Terminal at Abu Dhabi Terminals. In 2015, Morten Lund returned to Europe and is now responsible for the development of the planned LNG import terminal in Stade and the operation of the Hüttenwerke Krupp-Mannesmann works port in Duisburg (Buss HGK Logistics) as Managing Director for the Buss Group.

COMPANY TRADITION 

More than 100 years of Buss Group

Buss Port Services is part of Buss Group, a corporate group originally founded in Hamburg in 1920. Currently, the company counts around 500 employees. For many decades, Buss was primarily a port company. Today, the owner-managed group of companies has a broad base in the business areas of port logistics, logistics real estate, shipping, investments and wind energy.

Port Logistics

At its peak, Buss operated four transhipment terminals in the Hanseatic city

Logistics Real Estate

A Milestone in the companys history was the entry into the logistics and the logistics real estate business in the 1990s

Shipping

The joint venture operates more than 40 container ships.

Investments

Since 2003, the issuing house has been designing and marketing closed-end-funds in the field of maritime logistics.

Wind Energy

The Buss Terminal in Eemshaven is the core field of the wind energy sector.

Port Logistics

The origins of Buss Group go back to the so called Gerd Buss Stauerei, which was founded in the Port of Hamburg in 1920. The company quickly made a name for itself with the loading and unloading of ships and soon became one of the largest stevedoring companies in Hamburg. At its peak, Buss operated four transhipment terminals in the Hanseatic city. However, the rapid containerisation of general cargo transport since the 1960s made the Buss Group's core business, which was conventional cargo handling, increasingly superfluous.
Today, Buss offers maritime plant logistics services and still provides classic stevedoring services. Outside of Hamburg, Buss operates terminals in Sassnitz/Mukran, Stade, in Eemshaven in the Netherlands and a factory port in Duisburg, either alone or in partnerships. The port activities of the Buss Group are summarized under the name "Buss Ports".

Logistics Real Estate

A milestone in the company's history was the entry into the logistics and logistics real estate business in the 1990s. Today, with the name Ixocon, this area is an important pillar of the Buss Group. The business model is based on finding suitable sites for logistics property development and tenants. After the successful completion of the logistics centres, they are usually sold to institutional investors, such as pension funds. Buss also holds some logistics properties in its own portfolio. Since the division was founded in 1995, Ixocon has completed 54 projects with more than 800,000 m² of storage space and an investment volume of 613 million euros. The geographical focus initially lied on Hamburg. Today, Ixocon develops logistics properties all over Germany. An integrated project for Amazon was completed in 2019, which is the largest logistics centre implemented by Ixocon, covering an area of 150,000 square metres. For Amazon this is the most modern logistics centre in Europe.

Shipping

The shipping activities of Buss, combined under the name Buss Shipping, were merged with the traditional shipping company Leonhardt & Blumberg in 2017. This joint venture operates more than 40 container ships, whereas the chartering is carried out by Hanseatic Unity Chartering. This company with its headquarters in Hamburg and Singapore combines the chartering activities of five shipping companies: Asiatic & Atlantic Lloyd, Borealis Maritime, Leonhardt & Blumberg and Reederei NORD with a total of more than 150 container ships. The merger is proving to be an extremely sensible step in container shipping, since this area has been in crisis for over 10 years.

Investments

Since 2003, the issuing house has been designing and marketing closed-end funds in the field of maritime logistics. Buss Capital quickly became the market leader in container funds and at the same time an important financial partner for container leasing companies. From 2008 onwards, Buss Capital opened up further markets with real estate funds, ship funds and funds in the cruise market. To date, around 31,000 investors have invested around 1.1 billion euros of equity in a total of 88 funds and direct investments as well as a closed-end alternative investment fund. The total investment volume of the placed investments amounts to around 2.5 billion euros. As part of a strategic realignment, the management of Buss Capital has founded a new company in 2020: Buss Capital Invest designs and distributes investments in tangible assets outside closed-end funds and direct investments. Its focus lies on registered bonds, other similar investments and digital investments.

Wind Energy

The Buss Terminal in Eemshaven is the core field of the wind energy sector. Since 2011, it has primarily served as a base port for the storage, pre-assembly and shipping for offshore wind farms in the North Sea. In the following years Buss supplemented a number of other companies through acquisitions. Nowadays, Buss also offers the assembly and service of wind turbines onshore and offshore. In this development the division is pursuing a sustainable and innovative diversification of its services. These include, for example, drone-based inspection services with automatic damage detection or weather-independent blade repair platforms. In addition, Buss set up joint ventures with local partners in France and the USA to grow with the international renewable energy markets. Since 2019 all wind energy activities have been bundled in the holding company called "Buss Energy Group".

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