Total goods handling in the Port of Duisburg grew by 10 per cent to 125.6 million tonnes in 2011 (previous year: 114 million tonnes). In doing so, duisport achieved a new best of 64 million tonnes. The growth on 2010 amounted to 10 million tonnes or 18 per cent.
Container handling grew to 2.5 Mio TEU, or the equivalent of 10 per cent growth on the previous year. Thus the pre-crisis level was exceeded by 20 per cent.
In addition to container handling the main drivers of growth were coal, mineral oils and chemical products. Thus in coal handling alone the duisport Group was able to post a plus of 42 per cent to almost 9 million tonnes. The 2011 increase in iron and steel handling was also well into double figures.
Of total handling, 51 million tonnes (previous year: 49) was accounted for by handling by ship and 28 million tonnes (previous year: 27) was handled by rail.
“We are pleased about these very good handling figures and the dynamic development of the location over the past few years, of course,” said Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. “However, the noticeable weakening of the world economy will make it difficult to confirm this high level,” he added.