In a study, the Institute holds that the multimodal approach that has been adopted is a very good reason for locating European distribution centers in Duisport. “The presence of numerous global players of the logistics sector in Duisburg underpins that this view is correct,” confirmed Duisburger Hafen AG’s Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake. He reviewed the study at the 7th Logistics Forum Duisburg organized by BVL, the German logistics association, in the Duisburg MSV Arena on 8 and 9 March.
In the opinion of the Institute, the “remarkable potential for an improvement of sea port hinterland transportation by barge and by train” is one of the core challenges. Containers should or could further be sorted in Duisburg by the Antwerp or Rotterdam terminals to which they are to be delivered.
“The study has shown that we have become an established hinterland hub of the sea ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp and are an important part of international transportation networks,” summarized Staake. The interaction between the various players such as sea port and inland port terminals, ship owners, shippers and logistic service providers requires optimization, though.