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Innovation driver duisport – Climate protection: Preliminary study for a hydrogen switcher in the Port of Duisburg

“The mobility sector is a primary building block for achieving Europe’s climate targets. As Europe’s largest hinterland hub, we take our commitment to the large-scale reduction of emissions in our industry very seriously. In this context, we become active at many different levels,” explains duisport CEO Erich Staake.

Pilot project with an eye to the future – The Port of Duisburg (duisport), together with the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) and the ZBT (Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen-Technik), is committed to the development and start-up of a hydrogen switcher. A milestone for the long-term prevention of greenhouse emissions and the further development of environmentally-friendly transportation.

The project will cost EUR 185,000 in total. The funding commitment for 50 percent of the costs has now been officially approved by the Ministry for Innovation, Digitization and Energy for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Project details – Focus on reducing diesel emissions

At this time, approximately 2,700 diesel switchers are still in use in Germany. Many of these were built before the year 1972, and without emission regulations. This leads to a negative impact on air quality, especially at the locations where they are used.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has taken up this challenge with the preliminary study conducted by duisport, which is supported by – program area Low-Emission Mobility, with the objective of studying the long-term and full-scale conversion to hydrogen-operated locomotives. Besides studying the feasibility of this step, the study will also analyze the requirements and possible solutions that must be considered for retrofitting or new builds. The study must also determine whether existing vehicles should be converted or whether new vehicles would be a preferable option.

Alexander Garbar, Deputy Head of Corporate Development and Strategy at duisport: “The official funding commitment forms the starting point for a unique study in a complex application field. Given its practical relevance, we (the Port of Duisburg) can make a major contribution towards achieving the climate protection targets. The insights that are gained would also be made available to other ports and terminals. It is a powerful signal for the development of the entire mobility industry and the commitment of those involved in the project.”

At duisport, sustainability is part of the corporate mission for all business divisions, projects and activities. As a result, duisport combines sustainability with technical innovations, ecological transportation chains and the efficient use of space, and is actively engaged in numerous promotional projects to ensure further progress.


duisport closes the year 2020 on a successful note

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duisport grows during the crisis! Container handling surpasses previous year’s level. 2 percent growth in the crisis year.

The container traffic of Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) was slightly higher than during the previous year. “This is a gratifying but by no means a foregone conclusion in view of the current situation,” emphasizes duisport CEO Erich Staake. “What will be decisive is that we can confirm this positive development up to the end of the fiscal year. I am confident that we will be able to do so.”

Coronavirus firmly under control with flexible protective measures. New destinations on offer.
At the end of the first half of the year, duisport was still slightly below the figures for the previous year. Declines in the first half of the year were offset thanks to the dynamic developments in the third quarter. duisport's trade in goods is in the so-called TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) range, now two percent above the previous year’s figure. This increase could not have been expected considering the pandemic.

China traffic as growth driver.
Operations in the Port of Duisburg are running at 100 percent despite the coronavirus crisis. The company was superbly prepared for the increased volume of goods transported by rail. With additionally mobilized storage space and rapid solutions for onward transport, Europe’s most important logistics hub continues to function even in times of crisis. At the same time, it took advantage of emerging market opportunities: As early as April, the rail service was expanded to include further Chinese partner destinations. Long-term cooperation with Chinese partners provided a boost in attractiveness. Never before have there been more freight trains between duisport and Chinese destinations than in the current year. Duisburg’s reputation as the most important European destination for Chinese rail freight traffic was further strengthened, even in these times of pandemic. In the meantime, about one third of the total volume of trade by freight train between Europe and China passes through the Duisburg logistics hub. “The volume of traffic via the New Silk Road has almost doubled compared with the previous year and already accounts for almost eight percent of the total container turnover of the duisport Group,” says Erich Staake. “Maritime goods traffic with China also shows encouraging growth rates.”

Total cargo handling in the current year will be some four to five percent below the previous year’s figure due to the sharp decline in coal traffic and a weak steel business.

Chinese Sinotrans establishes rail link between Shenzhen and Duisburg