First Shipping Line Container Terminal in Duisburg Opened

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CMA CGM and NYK, two of the world’s largest container shipping lines, opened the Duisburg Trimodal Terminal D3T in the logport logistic park in Duisburg Rheinhausen today together with duisport in the presence of North-Rhine Westphalia’s Prime Minister Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers and numerous guests.

Duisburg, Germany April 2008

DuisburgTrimodal Terminal response to growing congestion in the sea ports/ CMA CGM and NYK consolidate gateway traffic/ Duisburg’s position as Europe’s central hinterland hub strengthened

Duisburg, 17 April 2008 – CMA CGM and NYK, two of the world’s largest container shipping lines, opened the Duisburg Trimodal Terminal D3T in the logport logistic park in Duisburg Rheinhausen today together with duisport in the presence of North-Rhine Westphalia’s Prime Minister Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers and numerous guests. The first shipping line terminal in the European hinterland is the shipping industry’s response to the challenge of fast growing cargo flows and increasing congestion at the sea ports. Sea port handling facilities enhance the value of the new terminal.

Gateway traffic moved via Duisburg to European hinterland destinations will account for a significant share of the throughput projected for the shipping line terminal. “CMA CGM and NYK will both use the terminal to consolidate their cargo. As most of the cargo was not shipped through the Port in the past, the other duisport terminals and their networks will benefit,” said Erich Staake, President/CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG.

The D3T is an integrated part of theDuisburglogistics industry and will strengthen Duisburg’s competitiveness as a hinterland hub inEurope. “Against the background of rapidly growing cargo volumes, the North Sea ports need efficient hinterland systems,” added Staake. The D3T is a response to increasing sea port congestion, Staake continued and underlined that the new terminal demonstrates that the world’s largest container lines are sharpening their focus on hinterland systems.

“We are positive about the unique benefits and the future success of the D3T and have had very encouraging feedback from our customers even during the run-up phase,” explained Masamichi Morooka, President and CEO of NYK Group Europe Ltd., in Duisburg for the official launch of D3T. NYK is one of the world’s ten ten largest container shipping lines. “The start-up of the D3T is a key element in our strategy of growing our inland distribution network and creating a pan-European hub for central and east European traffic,” Mr Morooka commented.

“The D3T enables us to offer our customers a wide range of intermodal services through our subsidiaries Rail Link and River Shuttle Containers,” said Farid T. Salem who is the Group Chief Executive Vice-President of CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container line. The Duisburg D3T is in his words a so far unique link between the sea ports and the European hinterland.

D3T, one of the most modern European hinterland terminals, features four railroad tracks, each of half train length, on a total surface area of 37,500 square metres. The gantry crane which handles both ship and train cargo is operated by duisport. With a track width of 57 metres and an overall track length of 137 metres, it is not only the largest container bridge in the Port of Duisburg, but also the largest inland crane worldwide. The sea port status of D3T is a major asset of the new terminal, as the shipping lines enable their customers to deliver and to collect their overseas cargo in Duisburg. This setup avoids cargo handling congestion in the sea ports and allows permanent “in time” deliveries via Duisburg.

The category “logport I” in this link contains pictures showing the installation of the crane and the opening ceremony of today.

 

Key Data of the World’s Largest Inland Container Crane
Track width: 57.0 m
Girder length: 137 m
Reach over water: 36.0 m
Reach over land: 36.0 m
Spreader lifting capacity: 40 tonnes
Spreader lift: 18 m
Maximum crane height: 36.7 m

 

CMA CGM headed by its founder Jacques R. Saadé is the world’s third largest container shipping company and the largest in France. With a fleet of 350 vessels, the group serves over 350 ports of call. In 2006, it transported over 6 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) for total revenues of 8.42 billion US Dollars. With a presence on all continents and in 150 countries through its 600 agencies, the Group employs over 14,000 people worldwide.

www.cma-cgm.com

 

NYK (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha) is one of the world's leading transportation and logistics companies. The NYK Group operates approximately 762 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks and offers its customers a wide range of logistic services. NYK's revenue in 2006-2007 was 18 billion US Dollars. The organization employs about 51,000 people worldwide. The company has offices in 240 locations in 27 countries, warehouses on every continent, and harbor operations inAsia, North America, and Europe. NYK is based in Tokyo, and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.

www.nyk.com

 

Duisburger Hafen AG owns and operates the Port of Duisburg, the world’s largest inland port, on the confluence of the Ruhr and the Rhine. The duisport Group offers the complete infrastructure needed for port and logistics operations including a full-service investor support package. It also provides a wide range of logistics services which back up the portfolio of Port customers including packing logistics.

www.duisport.com

 

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