Above sea level (a.s.l.)

Above sea level refers to the vertical distance of a location in relation to sea level.


Under § 3 (3) of the Federal Air Pollution Control Act (Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz) emissions are defined as “[…] the pollutants, noises, vibrations, light, heat, radiation and similar phenomena that emanate from a machine. Emissions can come from pollutants of all kinds as well as noise, light, or vibration.

Final expansion

The final expansion of the port area will be “tailored” (e.g., monomodal, bimodal, or trimodal connectivity) and refinanced by each user.

LAGA grades

The Joint Waste Commission of the Federal States (LAGA–Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft Abfall) is a commission of the German Conference of Environmental Ministers. The body has developed categories (LAGA grades) to govern the handling and disposal of excavated soil and rubble. These grades range from Z0 (unrestricted installation) to Z2 (restricted use with defined technical safety measures) up to several dumping grades (dumping exclusively in landfills).

Mean high water (MHW)

Mean high water is the average high water height at a given, tide-based level. It is typically cited in relation to a.s.l. (above sea level).

Preparation stage

In the preparation stage, the Ross and Hansa terminals, as well as the Oderhafen harbor basin that lies between them, will be turned into one contiguous, efficiently and flexibly usable area.


A sill is a structure placed perpendicular to the current of a water in order to reduce rock and soil erosion. Sills typically come in the form of rock fills, pile rows, or concrete sills.


The superstructure of the port consists of all structures (e.g., warehouses) and stationary or semimobile technical equipment (e.g., cranes) above the quay wall.


Trimodal locations are where waterway, road, and railway modes of transport meet. Standardized and uniform container sizes have made it possible to move cargo through various modes of transport: by ship, by truck, or by train.

Twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU)

The twenty-foot equivalent unit is an internationally standardized unit of measurement to describe the cargo capacity of ships as well as the handling volume of ports. 1 TEU corresponds to one 20-foot ISO container and is the standard size of shipping containers.