Total 2008 port throughput of 54.5m tonnes was almost at the 2007 level of 55.1m. The extra volume moved during the first nine months of 2008 but was lost again in the wake of the sharp Q4 downturn.
“We owe this growth again largely to the efficiency and the attractiveness of the Port of Duisburg. For years we have been growing faster than the vast majority of European inland and sea ports,” said Duisburger Hafen’s CEO, Erich Staake.
However, he warned, “The current extremely difficult environment will cause cargo transfers to decline in 2009”.