duisport increases container handling again, lower total turnover in the Port
Duisburg, 30.01.2013 | Ports of the duisport Group slightly down on prior year
In 2012 the duisport Group handled goods with a total volume of 63.3 mil- lion tonnes across its ports. This was 1.3 percent down on in its record year 2011 (64.1 million tonnes). The total turnover from combined transportation once again increased. Container cargo by ship, by rail and by truck grew by 4 percent to 2.6 million TEU (2011: 2.5 million) marking a further record. For the entire Port of Duisburg, including private commercial ports, the duisport Group is anticipating a total turnover of goods of 110 million tonnes for the year ending. This represents a 12 percent decline in total volumes on the prior year (125.6 million tonnes). “The most no- ticeable effects here are from the downturn in coal and steel, especially in the commercial ports, due to the economic situation,” comments Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG (du- isport), and continues: “The ports of the duisport Group managed the difficult economic situation well due to their integrated range of services.”
In 2012 the ports of the duisport Group handled a total of 32 million tonnes of goods by rail and by ship – compared to 32.9 million tonnes in 2011. A share of 16 million ton- nes each was transported by both modes of transport. Whilst ship cargo remained 6.8 percent below the prior year’s level, rail cargo increased by 1.1 percent.
The total cargo volume of all Duisburg ports, including commercial ports decreased, particularly in coal, iron, steel and non-ferrous metals as well as chemical goods. In 2012 both the steel and the coal industries had to ab- sorb falling production levels due to the low growth of the global economy. The political decision to increase the use of alternative sources of energy is leading to a drop in coal consumption.
By contrast, container cargo developed positively. Based on the new record volume of 2.6 million TEU, the share of this goods category rose to 39 percent of the total cargo of the duisport Group.
“Thanks to the planned expansion and construction of new and existing terminal capacities, in this area we have created the basic conditions required for growth in this area,” explains Erich Staake. As part of this strategy, the new combined transportation terminal, logport III, built by the duisport Group in Duisburg-Hohenbudberg, will be starting operation in 2013. “Furthermore we have acquired additional container volumes for the site due to the loca- tion of AUDI´s worldwide largest CKD export hub in Duis- burg,” continues Erich Staake.