According to current projections, the duisport Group will handle a total cargo volume of 65m tonnes in 2014, up from 62m tonnes in 2013. The positive results for combined transport in particular have played a crucial role, the company said.
Container handling by ship, rail, and truck is set to grow by 13% to about 3.4m teu (3m teu in 2013), reaching an all-time high.
“In the container sector, we are registering double-digit growth with all traffic carriers. This gratifying development is based to a great degree on the successful investments made in the last few years and the associated handling volumes,” said Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG.
Essential drivers of the development were the automotive, chemical, and consumer goods industries. The strong growth experienced in container volumes successfully compensated for the market-related downward trend in the coal business in the second half of 2014.
Especially pleasing, said the company is the development experienced by the combined transport terminal logport III, which started up daily operations at the beginning of 2013. Over 80 trains per week are now handled at the terminal. This not only strengthens the company’s international rail network, but also represents an essential contribution to shifting cargo from road to rail.
The company said it is well positioned for the year to come. “With the targeted extension and development of our terminal capacities, we have created the conditions for additional growth. We are therefore confident that we will be able to further consolidate our position as the largest container handling location in Central Europe over the course of the coming year,” said Staake.