Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) has recorded double digit container growth in the first half of the year, up 10% to 2.2m teu compared to 2m teu recorded in 2020.
The main drivers behind this growth were rail-based goods traffic with China, as well as European connections with Poland and southern Europe.
Both the expansion of existing routes and new destinations, for example Spain, contributed to this.
Erich Staake, CEO of duisport, said: “This is a very pleasing and positive development. We also expect to see strong growth in the combined transportation segment in the second half of the year.
“Fortunately, a new container terminal will go into operation at logport VI at the end of this year, which will further increase the handling capacities in Duisburg.”
Currently, the handling of containers, swap bodies and trailers already accounts for over 60% of the total handling volume at the Port of Duisburg.
“This means that the structural transformation in this important growth segment has also been successful,” Staake added.
The tonnage growth in combined transport grew by 11% while shipping volumes increased 5% and the rail segment grew 14% compared to the same period in 2020.
Total tonnage handling volumes in the first half of 2021 were 29.5 m tonnes, which is slightly above last year’s 29.2 m tonnes.
The strong growth in the combined transport segment has over-compensated for the decline in the area of fossil fuels.