duisport increases total handling volume to 65 million tons

duisport_Duisburg Intermodal terminal (DIT)_  Rolf Köppen
The total handling volume in the ports of the duisport Group reaches a peak / Double-digit growth again expected in container handling/combined transport

Duisburg, December 10, 2014 – According to current projections, the duisport Group will handle a total cargo volume of 65 million tons in 2014 (2013: 62 million tons). The positive results for combined transport in particular have played a crucial role in this

development. Container handling by ship, rail, and truck is set to grow by 13% to about 3.4 million TEU (2013: 3 million TEU), thereby reaching yet another 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,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer 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 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 logport III. This not only strengthens duisport’s international rail network, but also represents an essential contribution to shifting cargo from road to rail.

The duisport Group considers itself well positioned also 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,” says Erich Staake.

Duisburger Hafen AG owns and manages the Port of Duisburg, the world’s largest inland port. For this port and logistics location, the duisport Group offers full service packages in the area of infra- and suprastructure, including relocation management. In addition, the subsidiaries also provide logistics services, such as the development and optimization of transport and logistics chains, rail freight services, building management and packaging logistics.