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Duisport Closes 2020 Financial Year With New Records

duisport closes 2020 financial year with new records

Source: PortSEurope
Positive balance in the corona pandemic year – Successful through the crisis: duisport closes the 2020 financial year with new records – April 8, 2021 In the corona crisis year 2020, the diversified business model of the duisport Group has proven itself. Although the general economic conditions had deteriorated further due to two lockdowns in 2020, the duisport Group was able to stay on course in
the past financial year and present an improved result with stable sales. The total throughput fell slightly compared to the previous year, not least because of the decline in the volume of coal and steel caused by the structural change on the Rhine and Ruhr. Growth in container handling continues “In the first quarter of 2021, too, we recorded an extremely positive development in container handling with an increase of 7%. In this respect, it is essential and targeted to expand the handling capacities in the Port of Duisburg for further growth, ”said the CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG Erich Staake. Good numbers, good prospects In 2020, the duisport Group achieved sales of EUR 292 million (2019: EUR 292.6 million) and thus remained just at the previous year’s level. The operating result (EBITDA) improved by 1.1% from 43.9 to 44.3 million euros. The annual surplus after taxes increased from 13.3 million euros in 2019 to 14.2 million euros. That is an increase of 6.9%. Container handling at a record level In the 2020 financial year, container throughput grew strongly by 5% to 4.2 million TEU (previous year 4.0 million). Despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic, significant growth was achieved in individual business areas. Total cargo handling stable According to the forecasts made by the Executive Board last year, the duisport Group suffered minimal losses in total cargo handling in the first Corona year. Compared to the previous year, there was a decrease of three percent. In 2020, a total of 59 million tons were handled. In 2019 it was 61.1 million tons. Developments in the four business areas The packaging logistics segment was hardest hit by the Corona crisis. Sales in this business segment fell by 14.9%. This division contributed EUR 86.8 million to total sales. The noticeable slump in industrial exports had to compensate for a significant drop in orders. Contract logistics at duisport, on the other hand, achieved impressive sales growth of 13.8% to EUR 33.8 million. The infrastructure and superstructure area remained stable and came in with a slight increase of 0.3% to a value of EUR 53.6 million. In comparison, in the previous year it was 53.5 million euros. The logistics services business segment achieved a significant plus of 13%. While it was 75.9 million euros in 2019, a value of 85.8 million euros was posted in 2020 – new transport products from duisport agency GmbH (dpa) have made this success possible. Investments further increased In the pandemic year of 2020, the Port of Duisburg spent around EUR 39 million on physical and financial investments. Last year, a total of 26.4 million euros was used. “In the next three years we are planning investments of 170 million euros”, says Erich Staake. In the last 20 years, a total of over one billion euros has been reinvested, most of which has been financed from own funds. China traffic up 70 percent The traffic of goods with China by rail rose by around 70 percent in the past fiscal year. As recently as 2019, an average of 35 to 40 trains a week ran between Duisburg and China. From the second quarter of 2020, however, the Port of Duisburg registered an increase to up to 60 trains per week. In 2020, more than 10,000 trains ran on these routes. They transported more than 1 million containers to 21 countries and 92 cities in Europe. Over 50,000 jobs are dependent on the Port of Duisburg Above all, times of crisis clearly show how valuable a stable and future-oriented workplace is. Logistics has repeatedly proven to be a stable sector. The industry is one of the world’s fastest growing and most diverse business areas with enormous innovative strength. More than 600,000 jobs in North Rhine-Westphalia are now assigned to logistics. A total of 51,580 employees are currently directly or indirectly dependent on the Port of Duisburg, as a new study by the renowned Berlin market research institute Regionomica GmbH shows. After the start of logport I 22 years ago, only around 19,000 jobs on site and in the region were assigned to the port. Since then, the job effect has grown by 32,000 sustainable jobs – and the trend is still increasing. Thanks to employees for their special commitment “With a joint effort, we have succeeded in keeping the Port of Duisburg 100% operational for three lockdowns. The Executive Board would like to thank all employees who maintain the transport and supply chains day after day, even with personal restrictions. Our teams at the terminals, in the head office and outside locations do their best. They deserve our thanks and appreciation for this, ”emphasizes Markus Bangen, member of the board of the duisport Group. 20 years of structural change are paying off today The conversion of the company from the Duisburg port authority to a multimodal logistics hub has been successful. The full-service competence, the consistent focus on the largest provider of logistics and commercial real estate on the Rhine and Ruhr and finally the increasingly dense national and international network with partners and customers have enabled continuous growth every year: Here are a few key figures in comparison: The turnover in 1999 was 27 million euros – in 2020 it will be 292 million.The operating result was shown in the balance sheet for the first time in 2000: at that time 7.2 million euros. In the past 2020 financial year it was 44.3 million euros.In 1999 the port company Duisburg employed around 200 people. In 2020 there will be over 1,600.Over a billion euros in investments in the last 20 years (mainly financed from own funds). Further decline in coal and steel The total throughput including the private works ports amounted to around 110.4 million tons in the 2020 financial year (2019: 123.7 million tons). This significant decline is due to the politically-induced decline in coal handling. In addition to the loss of coal volumes due to the closure of coal-fired power plants and the overall lower demand for imported coal as part of the energy transition, the ailing steel industry continues to contribute to the decline in volumes. On the ship side, the declines in the goods groups coal, steel / iron, but also mineral oils / chemicals were below the previous year. Network expansion, constant ability to act Even during the first quarter of 2020 and despite the lockdown, the duisport Group continued to pursue its ongoing projects and long-term goals without restriction. The access offer to the world markets was even expanded to include additional destinations in China. The fact that all the major logistics hubs in Europe and Asia have long been an integral part of the global duisport network was reflected and proven, especially in the second half of the 2020 financial year. duisport responded early on to the impending collapse of supply chains with special measures, thus ensuring compensation. The port’s operations were consistently 100 percent in the first Corona year. “Flexibility, speed and, above all, individual solutions were and are to this day fundamental attributes of the Duisburg port, from which our partner and customer network in particular benefited. We always have to think ahead and benefit from consistent business acumen, especially in times of crisis. And that is now reflected in our 2020 balance sheet, ”says Erich Staake. “Despite these stable developments, we allow realism and attention to prevail at the same time. The pandemic is far from over, we have to strengthen our business for a future that is not concretely foreseeable. As early as the end of last year, important foundations were set, partnerships were concluded and investments made at various levels in order to be an important source of inspiration again in 2021 and to advance the infrastructure expansion, ”continues Erich Staake. Central hub and network expansion The development of the Port of Duisburg as the most important logistics hub for Asian traffic in Europe was also an important growth driver in the past year. This development is consistent and at the same time reminds of the beginnings of the company’s own structural change: In 1998/99 the Japanese logistics company Yusen was the first anchor tenant in the new logistics hub logport I – and Yusen still operates from the Rheinhausen site as one of the most important duisport residents in Europe. In times of crisis, global networking is a reliable indicator of the port’s secure future viability and ability to act. Medium-sized companies in particular rely on duisport’s expertise and thus gain effective access to new Asian businesses. Major projects 2020 logport model for Trieste In the middle of 2020, Duisburger Hafen AG, together with the port authority of Trieste and the local financial holding Friulia SpA (Friulia), prepared an investment in the hinterland of the largest Italian Adriatic port. The investment target is the “Interporto di Trieste SPA” (Interporto), a company in the Trieste port network. Interporto operates three logistics facilities in and around Trieste, all with very good siding and a total of almost one million square meters of floor space and approx. 130,000 square meters of storage space. In addition to customs clearance, the services offered include, in particular, the creation of intermodal and logistical concepts as well as the targeted development of space in the port area of ​​Trieste. The concrete negotiations in 2020 were based on a strategic cooperation between duisport and the port authority of Trieste that had existed since summer 2017. The experience and success of the Duisburg logport model are now also benefiting the further development of a European hub in the vicinity of the largest northern Italian port. The export economy of Central Europe is connected to the maritime Silk Road at this point. PSA and duisport open up new perspectives In the first quarter of 2021, a joint venture was set up in Singapore, which the two partners commented as “groundbreaking” and “globally unique”: duisport as the world’s largest container hub in the hinterland and PSA Northeast Asia Supply Chain Pte Ltd., Wholly owned subsidiary of the leading global port group PSA (locations: Singapore / Antwerp, 30 ports worldwide) have founded a joint venture after two years of negotiations at the suggestion of PSA. This Multimodal Investments Pte Ltd. from Singapore is to invest in multimodal logistics facilities in Asia to improve connectivity and trade flows between Europe and Asia. PSA brings, among other things, excellent experience in the field of digital logistics, duisport is in demand with its logport competence and the large customer network in Europe. The first projects of the new cooperation are a multimodal logistics hub in the world’s largest industrial metropolis Chongqing (China). It will be built on an area of ​​33 hectares in a size comparable to that of logport II. At the same time, the aim is to expand a network of 13 Chinese rail terminals along the International Land Sea Corridor. Duisport is thus directly involved in the joint development of new digital networking of trade traffic in Asia and in the planning and marketing of a logistics hub. Both commitments open up new possibilities for optimizing rail traffic between Asia and Europe and are also intended to offer European e-commerce companies new opportunities on Chinese soil. Semi-trailers on the rails! At the end of the past financial year, Duisburger Hafen AG acquired a stake in the Leipzig rail technology company CargoBeamer AG. Both companies are jointly committed to shifting road freight transport to rail, especially via semi-trailers. Innovative logistics offers create the basis for this. Semi-trailers already make up around 40 percent of truck freight traffic and require special loading technology for the railroad. Thanks to new handling technology, CargoBeamer offers a first-class solution here. It has developed into a pioneering concept for environmentally friendly and sustainable transport concepts “, emphasizes the duisport board of directors:” We are very pleased that our shareholders have now approved the entry into a capital investment in addition to the already existing successful partnership! “ The new technology has what it takes to continue a duisport success story: While the European average of around 72 percent of all goods transports are by road, this share is only 50 percent thanks to the multimodal long-term strategy at duisport. With CargoBeamer and other innovations in the rail transport sector, this value is to be reduced to an ultimately unavoidable 25 percent. Successful partnership: New parking areas for trucks City of Duisburg / duisport present action plan At the end of August 2020, the truck transport action plan was presented in Duisburg. With its help, the load from parked trucks for residents in the area of ​​logistics locations, which has increased in recent years, is to be significantly reduced – the plan was developed jointly by the city and duisport. In addition to short-term immediate measures – these include selective parking bans in particularly polluted areas and towing measures, but also the installation of mobile toilet facilities to improve the driver’s situation – the action plan is primarily aimed at a long-term solution. This is to be done using a triad of “promoting” (legal and attractive parking facilities with sanitary facilities), “demanding” (no parking zones, controls at illegal hotspots, fines) and “informing” (digital traffic flow control, priority routes in navigation devices, low-threshold social / charitable work) . DIG – project status: Querspange Walsum, Meiderich bypass Duisburger Infrastrukturgesellschaft mbH (DIG) – founded as a joint venture between the city (75 percent) and the port (25 percent) gave the starting signal for the road construction project “Querspange Walsum” with the groundbreaking on September 7, 2020. “The construction of the new south-west crossbar Hamborn / Walsum is an important measure to reduce through traffic on the main roads in the districts of Fahrn and Marxloh. This measure, together with the additional truck parking space made available at logport VI in Walsum, will relieve the residents in the long term, ”says DIG managing director and duisport board member Prof. Thomas Schlipköther. As a joint infrastructure company of the city of Duisburg and duisport, DIG was commissioned by the city to carry out the structural implementation of the crossbar. logport VI: DSV and Maersk At the beginning of 2020, DSV, one of the world’s leading logistics groups, announced that it would build a mega distribution center on the logport VI site. DSV intends to go into operation in summer 2021 and will create over 300 jobs. The usage concept provides for a plot of 12 hectares on which 56,000 square meters of hall space with 76 docking gates will initially be built. The duisport Group announced another successful settlement in December 2020: Together with the globally operating container logistics company Maersk, forces will be pooled in the future for the construction and operation of a new sales and logistics center in the north of Duisburg. The new hall should be planned and completed quickly. In total, Maersk will take over an area of ​​over 100,000 square meters on logport VI. The settlement is connected with over 350 new jobs. Excellent instructor In 2020, the duisport Group was again certified as an “excellent training company”. This is the fifth time in a row that the Port of Duisburg has received the seal of quality. In an anonymous survey, the company’s trainees answered around 100 detailed questions about the quality of their training. Elementary criteria for the quality review include, among other things, specific training content, how the trainees are dealt with in the company, or future and advancement opportunities. A total of eleven different apprenticeships are currently offered in the duisport Group. From the specialist for port logistics, real estate agents, IT specialists, wood mechanics to railway workers in operations. In the world’s largest hinterland container hub, there is a great need for well-trained specialists, and with the diverse range of training courses, duisport is also focusing on specific or niche professions. The proportion of women in logistics is steadily increasing at duisport. As of the 2020 financial year, the proportion of female trainees in the duisport Group is an above-average 30.77 percent. “Even in times of Corona, we will remain a reliable partner in training and further education”; the duisport Board of Directors reports. startport New record despite the crisis year: the duisport subsidiary startport further strengthened its enormous radiance as a logistics innovation hub in 2020. New record despite the corona pandemic: 30 new founders moved to the startport headquarters in Duisburg’s inner harbor as the fifth year. Startport is gaining increasing recognition both nationally and internationally. For example, nine of the 30 startups come from other European countries. Awarded four times Four startups that have been supported and promoted by startport in recent years were able to score points at renowned industry awards in 2020. The companies HEUREMO, gapcharge, ViSenSys and ForkOn convinced the jury of the Telematik Award, the Digital Logistics Award and the state competition “OUT OF THE BOX.NRW” and took home prize money totaling 40,000 euros. With this, startport once again proves its relevance for the industrial location Duisburg and for the innovative logistics solutions of tomorrow. “Our startport concept is a win-win for everyone involved: The startups can apply their ideas directly to well-established companies, and at the same time the Port of Duisburg and the entire partner network have access to the latest industry innovations. That strengthens our entire duisport network and our own innovative strength, ”says startport managing director Peter Trapp. sustainability In Germany, logistics contributes around 20% (2019) of the greenhouse gases emitted. The Port of Duisburg has long taken its responsibility seriously to make a contribution to climate protection and to develop measures that continuously reduce emissions. The fields of action modal shift, air, noise + climate as well as energy supply and resources play central roles. Specifically, duisport, as Europe’s most important hinterland hub, sees its competence primarily in the provision of the necessary infrastructures and the networking of relevant partners, customers and players along the supply chain. In 2020, duisport initiated, among other things, two further key projects that make exemplary contributions to the climate-friendly use of energy. LNG filling station with Rolande Duisburger Hafen AG and Rolande, pioneers and market leaders in the development of infrastructures for truck liquefied natural gas and bio-LNG in the Netherlands, announced their cooperation on the construction of an LNG filling station in the Port of Duisburg in October 2020. The new Rolande LNG station will be available for all LNG-powered commercial vehicles. duisport is thus promoting the use of environmentally friendly LNG in the port to reduce local emissions. Research project 5G test field With the “5G.Logport Duisburg” project, duisport, the city of Duisburg and the University of Duisburg-Essen applied for funds from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2020 to set up a 5G test field in the port. The aim is to develop innovative digital logistics solutions with customers and partners until they are ready for the market. The duisport subsidiary startport plays a key role as a startup accelerator, in particular to allow the value chains of the entire duisport network to benefit from it. Source: duisport

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