Duisburg’s port, managed by Duisport, is a crucial European trading hub providing state-of-the-art facilities
Duisport is the proprietor and management company of the public Port of Duisburg. In the past years, the Duisport Group successfully developed the port into a central logistics hub for maritime and continental flows of goods, handling around 126 million tonnes of goods in 2011. Thus, Duisport represents the leading hinterland hub in Europe.
Gateway to Europe
The Port of Duisburg, Europe’s largest inland port situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, represents a unique logistics turntable. In the middle of the Ruhr region, Western Europe’s largest conurbation and industrial centre, the port lies at the central crossing point of the most important European transport axes. Via the Rhine, Europe’s busiest waterway, the port has a direct connection to the North Sea ports Zeebrugge, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as to the European river and canal system. Duisburg is also one of the most important railroad hubs in addition to being a traffic interchange for five major highways which allow quick connections to all European urban areas. From here, 150 million consumers can be reached in just eight hours. Direct, multi-modal networking with international freight traffic underlines the port’s leading position as the gateway to European markets.
Central handling point
In the past years the Port of Duisburg has developed into a central handling point for maritime and continental flows of goods in Europe. Around 300 logistics service providers are located on the site – including well-known logistics companies such as Kühne and Nagel, Schenker and DHL. The global cosmetics multinational Shiseido, as well as Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson and the Danone Water Group, have set up their European distribution centres in the area. Duisburg’s significance as a hinterland hub for the sea ports and as a gateway for freight traffic to Central Europe is further illustrated by the continual growth in containers. In 2011, the port posted a growth of 10 percent compared to 2010, now handling 2.5 million TEU (20ft equivalent units). More than 360 weekly rail services to over 80 destinations throughout Europe, to locations as far as Moscow, Istanbul and even Chonqing in China, contribute to this remarkable increase. This sustainable growth has largely been brought about through constant infrastructure investments. Between 2000 and 2010, the Duisport Group invested more than €150m in the track and container terminal infrastructure. Further investments of around €100m are planned between 2012 and 2014.
The Duisport Group offers full-service packages in infra- and suprastructure to manufacturers and logistics service providers. Above that, Duisport supervises turnkey settlement solutions. Logistics services from rail freight transport, project logistics and Duisport’s own packaging logistics, including worldwide transport solutions for the investment goods industry, complement the portfolio. Thus, Duisport’s clients benefit from the infra- and suprastructural advantages of the multi-purpose port as well as from numerous value-added services. These include multimodal transshipment terminals, warehouse and storage resources, shuttle-transports, elaborate packing and intelligent contract-services, as well as market- and client-orientated service concepts.
“By providing value-added services in addition to integrated logistics services along the entire supply chain, Duisport represents an excellent platform for strategic partnerships. The results speak for themselves: the total value creation attributable to the Port of Duisburg is more than €2.7bn per year with more than 40,000 jobs depending on the port,” says Erich Staake, CEO and President of Duisport.
Worldwide operation consultant
Beyond that, Duisport has continuously expanded its international range of consultancy. The group’s own consultancy company, Duisport consult, provides worldwide consultancy services offering the development of infra- and suprastructure for both sea and inland ports as well as for logistics centres.
A variety of consulting projects have already been requested by governments, port operators and investors around the globe. One of the most recent projects was an agreement with the Brazilian government in 2011 to develop an infrastructure and logistics concept for the Sao Paulo-Santos corridor, the main artery for Brazilian goods flows between the coast and the hinterland. In March 2012 Duisport presented a management summary with proposals for developing the logistical transport infrastructure to the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.