- THE MAGAZINE
The Duisport Group is expanding its terminal capacities in the container terminals in logport I and logport III on the left bank of the Rhine. A build-up in rail infrastructure is also associated with the expansion from six gantry cranes currently to a total of 10. In addition, the handling and depot area is being expanded by 13 hectares.
“Through the targeted build-up and new construction of terminal capacities we are creating the conditions for further growth. We will have capacities to handle 5 million standard containers as early as January 2015,” explains Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG.
The first capacity expansion on logport I will already be completed at the end of February 2014. Then the new trimodal portal crane with a span of around 140m will start operations on the D3T terminal in logport I. This is the second crane of this size on D3T and is one of the largest portal cranes in an inland port. A third rail crane for the neighboring and also trimodal container terminal DIT is following in autumn 2014.
A build-up of the rail infrastructure and an expansion of the handling and depot area by 10 hectares are also associated with the purchase of additional efficient cranes. “Around 50,000 m2 that was previously used for car handling is being rededicated for this purpose. The necessary track infrastructure has already been produced,” explains Staake.
Furthermore, two new rail cranes are being set up at the bimodal terminal logport III in Duisburg-Hohenbudberg. The first should enter service in April 2014 and the second in autumn 2014. The current terminal area is also being expanded by 3 hectares for this. “With seven handling platforms, two shunting tracks and two gantry cranes, the handling capacity of logport III will be increased to around 600,000 TEU in the final stage. Thus we can further build on our position as the largest container handling location in Central Europe,” says Staake.