The port comprises quay facilities along the river Elbe and in a number of tidal basins. Offshore Base Cuxhaven and Cuxport Multipurpose Terminal are situated directly on the Elbe. The inner portions of the port include Amerikahafen, Neuer and Alter Fischereihafen, Alter Hafen, Ritzbuetteler, Schleusenpriel, Vorhafen and Faehrhafen. Port handles Ro-Ro, containers, breakbulk, project and heavy-lift cargoes. Cuxhaven is also the second largest fishing port and one of the largest locations of seafood processing industry in Germany.
On the south bank of the river Elbe estuary (outer Elbe), 56 n.m. downriver from Hamburg.
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