Container volumes rise by 10 percent to 2.5 million TEU
Total cargo handled at German port rose to 125.6 million tonnes
The Port of Duisburg, Europe’s largest inland port, posted record container handling figures during the 2011 calendar year.
Container volumes at the German port grew by 10 percent over the previous year to 2.5 million TEU.
Total goods handled in Duisburg in 2011 also rose by 10 percent to 125.6 million tonnes, with Duisport itself handling a record 64 million tonnes, up by 18 percent, or 10 million tonnes, on 2010.
“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
In addition to container handling the main drivers of growth in Duisburg were coal, mineral oils and chemical products.
Coal handling alone rose by 42 percent 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.