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Cooperation renewed and expanded – Ports of Duisburg and Rotterdam intensify cooperation

  • Partnership to be expanded to include the areas of digitalisation and energy transition
  • Joint development of hydrogen hubs planned

The port authorities of Duisburg and Rotterdam have jointly signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to renew and expand their cooperation agreements that date back to 2020. Besides existing agreements relating to the optimisation of logistical connections, the cooperation will be expanded to include initiatives in the area of digitisation and the energy transition. The agreement was signed by Markus Bangen, CEO at duisport and Allard Castelein, CEO at Port of Rotterdam.

duisport and the Port of Rotterdam have been trading partners for a long time. For example, each year more than one million TEU of containers are exchanged between the two logistics hubs. Almost a third of them are already shipped by rail. Digitisation and data sharing could further increase the part played by this sustainable mode of transport. This LOI is aimed at creating the most digital and most sustainable port-inland hub connection in the world by linking Duisburg’s ‘Rail Freight Data Hub’ initiative with Rotterdam’s ‘Rail Connected’.

Hydrogen hubs

The LOI also includes agreements on looking into the possibility of linking the port community systems Portbase (Rotterdam) to the RheinPorts Information System (Duisburg) and to learn from each other’s initiatives in the area of digital twin projects. With regard to the energy transition, both ports plan to investigate whether they can jointly take on the development of hydrogen hubs. Rotterdam as the future ‘hydrogen gateway’ to Europe and duisport as the hub for Germany. Setting up a physical link between the two is therefore an obvious choice.

‘We are facing major challenges that we will overcome together much faster, more efficiently and more intelligently’, says Markus Bangen. ‘Particularly in the areas of digitalization and the energy transition, it is important to work together and share our knowledge and expertise. I am therefore very pleased that we will continue the trusting partnership between the ports of Duisburg and Rotterdam.’

Likeminded partners

Allard Castelein is also particularly pleased with the renewal and expansion of the cooperation. ‘Digitisation and energy transition are as important to duisport’s strategy as they are to our own. We believe in the power of collaboration with likeminded organisations. This LOI represents a positive step in that direction.’

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Personnel – Dr. Carsten Hinne joins Markus Bangen and Prof. Thomas Schlipköther to complete the duisport Executive Board

  • Focus on the “International Network”
  • Markus Bangen: “We will act as a team both internally and externally and tackle the future issues of the duisport Group together.”

Dr. Carsten Hinne has been a new member of the Executive Board of the duisport Group since January 1, 2022. The 46-year-old is joining duisport from Deutsche Bahn, where he worked for 20 years in various functions, most recently as Senior Vice President of DB Cargo AG. At duisport, he will in future be mainly responsible for the “International Network” division. Dr. Carsten Hinne is thus joining Markus Bangen and Prof. Thomas Schlipköther to complete the Executive Board of Duisburger Hafen AG.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Carsten Hinne, an extremely competent and internationally experienced colleague, to the world’s largest inland port. The duisport Executive Board is thus complete once again. We will act as a united team both internally and externally and tackle the future issues of the duisport Group together,” says Markus Bangen.

Dr. Carsten Hinne: “I’ve already met many dedicated and highly motivated colleagues and look forward to working with my fellow members of the Executive Board. I’m convinced that top results can only be achieved as a team by pooling our competencies and know-how.”

“From now on, we will be making all the key decisions for the duisport Group together, thus setting an example of a true cultural change. This is one of the reasons why we made a conscious decision to step down as board members from the management of the subsidiaries so that we could leave the responsibility to our colleagues who are in charge of operations anyway,” adds Prof. Thomas Schlipköther.

As early as last fall, duisport CEO Markus Bangen declared a “clear course towards innovation, sustainability and digitalization” as part of the future strategy as well as restructuring central corporate divisions. “The course has been set: by completing the Executive Board, we can now build momentum and focus on the further development of our home base in Duisburg without neglecting the expansion of our international network,” says Bangen.

While Dr. Carsten Hinne will in future be mainly responsible for the International Network division as well as Superstructure, Human Resources and Purchasing within Duisburger Hafen AG, Markus Bangen will be responsible, among other things, for Infrastructure, Finance, Strategy and Digital Transformation, Shareholdings and M&A, and Legal Affairs. Prof. Thomas Schlipköther will continue to be primarily responsible for the areas of Construction, Technology and Operations as well as Facility Management and Port and Rail Operations.

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