Today, the owner-managed group of companies with around 500 employees is diversified in the business areas of port logistics, wind energy, gas and hydrogen, logistics real estate, shipping and investments.
The company was founded in 1920 by Gerd Buss in Hamburg. The former ship's officer set up his own business for loading and unloading ships under his own name. In the 1930s, Buss was one of the leading stevedoring companies in the Port of Hamburg. However, the container presented the traditional port company with an existential challenge. Buss had to reinvent itself.
The diversification of the Group today is closely linked to the generational change after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Dr. Johann Killinger joined the Hamburg-based Buss Group in 1991, in which his family held a minority stake at the time. In 2002, he took over all shares of the Buss Group.
For many decades, Buss was primarily a port company with, at its peak, four terminals in the Port of Hamburg. Today, the Group is active in the business areas of port logistics, wind energy, gas and hydrogen, logistics real estate, shipping and investments.
The portfolio of Buss Port Services includes stevedoring services for general cargo vessels, plant logistics and specialized labour leasing. Outside Hamburg, Buss operates terminals independently or in partnerships in Sassnitz/Mukran, Stade, in Eemshaven in the Netherlands and a facility port in Duisburg.
The Buss Energy Group specializes in the assembly and maintenance of wind turbines and rotor blades. In addition, with the operation of terminals Buss offers base port logistics for the construction of offshore wind farms. We are active for manufacturers both onshore and offshore.
Hanseatic Energy Hub GmbH is developing an import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Stade, which is scheduled to go into operation in 2026The name Hanseatic Energy Hub emphasizes that the terminal will link all the necessary elements to offer long-term energy solutions beyond LNG in the future, including hydrogen and bio-LNG, for example.
Logistics Real Estate
Ixocon offers custom tailored solution concepts with individual space requirements for logistics real estate. The focus is on the nationwide project development of new buildings as well as the conversion and revitalization of brownfield sites. In addition, Ixocon has its own portfolio of existing properties of various types of use.
The shipping activities combined in Buss Shipping, were merged with the traditional shipping company Leonhardt & Blumberg in 2017. The new joint venture manages more than 40 container ships. Chartering is handled by Hanseatic Unity Chartering. This company, based in Hamburg and Singapore, combines the chartering activities of three shipping companies.
Buss Capital Invest is a conception and sales company for transport equipment with a focus on container investments. The division offers investments to private and institutional investors in the form of registered bonds. The management has already initiated container investments of around 2.5 billion euros.