D3T Duisburg Trimodal Terminal: NYK Line satisfies customers and service providers

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In April this year, NYK Line opened a new terminal. D3T Duisburg Trimodal Terminal is the first container terminal for Pan-European traffic and has been positively received by customers and forwarders of NYK.

Hamburg, 15th December 2008

duisPortIn April this year, NYK Line opened a new terminal. D3T Duisburg Trimodal Terminal is the first container terminal for Pan-European traffic and has been positively received by customers and forwarders of NYK.

“We have received very positive feedback.  This mainly concerns the high service quality, the technical standard and especially the very fast turn-around of boxes,“ explained Klaus-Peter Barth, Managing Director of NYK Line (Deutschland) GmbH in Hamburg. “With the D3T we have access not only to one of the most modern Container Terminals in European hinterland, but also to a unique network of intermodal services. Our blocktrains are connecting the terminal with important seaports such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp“.

This level of performance is mainly due to the principal feature of the D3T at the logistics centre in Duisburg-Rheinhausen: a container gantry crane.  This has a width of 140m and a track width of 58m, which makes it the biggest container gantry crane in the European hinterland. When working at full capacity the crane can do a turn-around speed of approximately 30 lifts per hour. The pass-through times at D3T are around 20 minutes. This ultra fast, efficient delivery is clearly above the production level of traditional terminals in the hinterland. This allows truckers to perform up to 2 additional moves per day, which has impressed the trucking companies.

NYK Line normally needs 4 hrs to prepare a whole blocktrain to depart from one of the 4 railway lines, each of which are 350m long. At the moment a team of 18 people are working in 3 shifts around the clock at D3T.

The NYK operated blocktrains are scheduled to run on a regular weekly basis between Duisburg and the port of Amsterdam (4x), Rotterdam (2x) and Antwerp (1x). In the opposite direction, blocktrains are connecting the port of Amsterdam with Duisburg 5 times a week and once a week with Rotterdam.

A significant advantage for customers is the seaport status of the D3T as a container yard (CY). Bill of Ladings can show Duisburg as a port of origin or destination, just as if it was a seaport. This is another important aspect of the Door-to-Door-Strategy of NYK Line. By offering the Duisburg Trimodal Terminal, NYK Line has a good solution for an efficient container turn-around as well as Customer Service. This is tailor-made for our customers, i.e. individual Just-in-time-concepts with a reliable transport chain from the seaport into the hinterland.

“Our expectations for the D3T as a central Hub for the hinterland were fully satisfied. We are planning further expansion of our intermodal services to Southern and Eastern Europe in the near future,“ said Klaus-Peter Barth.