Duisburg, Germany (PortSEurope) October 23, 2019 – Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) is building a trimodal container terminal with the international partners COSCO Shipping Logistics, Hupac SA and the HTS Group.
Duisport is responding to a sharp decline in coal traffic as a result of the energy turnaround, and will use the coal facility to build the new terminal, mainly, to handle the booming China trade. The new terminal will be upgraded to become the central European gateway hub for trains along the corridors of the New Silk Road and will operate under the name “Duisburg Gateway Terminal”.
Already, around 30 percent of total trade by rail between China and Europe is via the port of Duisburg, which is the start and end point of the Chinazuge (China trains). There are between 35 and 40 trains per week between duisport and a dozen different destinations in China. The terminal significantly increases the capacity of the Duisburg port in trade with China.
From the “Duisburg Gateway Terminal”, up to 100 trains to China, rail services on the European rail corridors, in particular to Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as inland waterway services to the seaports, will be able to operate in the future, which corresponds to an annual turnover of around 850,000 TEU. “We are responding to the changing market and are building Europe’s largest container terminal in the hinterland on the coal island. This will consolidate our leading position in China trade, create jobs and strengthen the region as Europe’s most important logistics location”, said Duisport’s CEO Erich Staake.
220,000 m² are planned for the terminal and 20,000 m² for warehouses on the 240,000 m² site in Duisburg harbor. Six gantry cranes, 12 block train tracks with a track length of 730 metres each, five loading bays and three berths for inland vessels as well as a container floor space of 60,000 m² will ensure rapid container handling in two construction stages. On the trimodal terminal, the pre- and post-carriage of goods should take priority over water and rail. The investment volume amounts to around €100 million. Commissioning is scheduled for 2022.
As China trains are increasingly becoming a cost-effective alternative to air freight, the “Duisburg Gateway Terminal” also contributes to improving the CO² balance in NRW and Germany. The savings potential is estimated at more than 60 million tons annually.
“We are proud that, through our network management, we have been able to attract global partners to realize this outstanding project with international appeal,” said Staake.
Duisport and COSCO Shipping Logistics each hold 30% of the investment and operating company. Shanghai-based COSCO Shipping Group is the largest shipping company in the world with a fleet of 1,300 ships. In addition, COSCO Shipping is involved in 55 terminals worldwide. COSCO Shipping, through its COSCO Shipping Logistics business unit, is a leading market player in the organization and processing of Chinese trains.
20% of the shares in the investment and operating company are held by Hupac SA and the HTS Group. The Hupac Group from Switzerland is the leading network operator in intermodal transport in Europe. The Hupac network includes 130 daily trains with connections between the major European economic areas as well as Russia and Asia. The Duisburg area is already a central hub in the Hupac network with around 60 weekly trains at various local terminal locations. The capacity expansion with the “Duisburg Gateway Terminal” enables a bundling of traffic in the Chinatransit and an improved network supply logic with Duisburg as a gateway in the middle of Europe.
The HTS Group is a Dutch inland navigation company that operates its own fleet of ships, terminals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Romania.
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