Container throughput at the world’s biggest inland port, Duisburg, grew by 13% in 2014 to 3.4m teu.
Terminal operator Duisport’s head of communications Julian Böcker told CM this was down to the port’s links via the river Rhine, rail and road.
The port has 360 weekly train connections to more than 80 destinations and it works with, rather than competes against, ports like Antwerp and Rotterdam.
“We are the gateway to Central European markets for those seaports,” Böcker said, “they need a strong hinterland hub so that containers don’t stay too long at the seaport.”
Duisport’s CEO Erich Staake said in a statement: “In the container area, we are registering double-digit growth for all traffic carriers. Our aim is to continue expanding our market share in 2015, as we have done in previous years.”
To cope with the port’s rapid growth, in 2014, it expanded its capacity from 4m to 5m teu.
This was achieved through various investments: adding a trimodal portal crane on the D3T terminal in logport in February 2014; installing a rail crane for the neighbouring DIT terminal; expanding logport III and buying two new rail cranes for it; expanding the handling and depot area by 10 ha and converting 50,000 sq. m, which was previously used for car handling to container handling.
Staake said that the terminals capacities will continue to expand. “Combined transportation will continue to be the main growth driver in the Port of Duisburg in the future”, he said.
“With the targeted expansion and development of terminal capacities, we are creating the conditions for additional growth. This will allow us to further consolidate our position as the largest container handling location in Central Europe.”.