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Today, Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Port of Duisburg as part of his visit to the Ruhr region. He toured logport I with duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake. The former site of the Krupp steel mill in Rheinhausen has given way to a booming 265-hectare logistics area that is now home to approximately 50 companies and more than 5,000 employees. Directly or indirectly, the Port of Duisburg employs over 47,000 people and is therefore the job engine in the Rhine-Ruhr region.
logport I is also the starting point and destination for the China trains, 35-40 of which travel weekly between the Port of Duisburg and a dozen Chinese destinations. This means that duisport is the most important central European logistics hub for the China trade.
The second destination of President Steinmeier’s visit was duisport subsidiary startport, which is located in the Wehrhahnmühle. Started two years ago, the startup accelerator has grown into a platform for globally inspiring and innovative ideas for the logistics industry.
“We are very pleased that we had an opportunity to personally inform the President of our activities for the region. With logport I, the Port of Duisburg delivered a major impetus for the structural transformation of Duisburg and the Rhine-Ruhr region. In addition, startport provides a breath of fresh air for the logistics industry right here in the Port of Duisburg,” says Staake.