Presentation of 3D crane simulator in the Port of Duisburg

Presentation of 3D crane simulator in the Port of Duisburg

Duisburg, 27 January 2020 – Today, the duisport Group officially presented its own crane simulator in the Duisburg free port: A first for combined transportation in the hinterland. With this initiative, the world's largest inland port not only sets new trends for technical innovation in the logistics industry but also invests in the professional training and continuing education of its own employees.

“The duisport training center in the Duisburg free port has already had its own train simulator since the beginning of 2019, and it is an integral part of our long-term training and continuing education strategy. The addition of a crane simulator means that the duisport Group’s training program is unique in Europe,” explains duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake.

Under the project leadership of duisport Executive Board member Professor Thomas Schlipköther, the crane simulator was made in the US and was adjusted to the requirements and conditions of the Port of Duisburg. The crane was made by US company GlobalSim, which is based in Salt Lake City.

When using the simulator, the employees operate crane facilities in a virtual environment that mimics a real crane and the scenery in the Port of Duisburg. The so-called “piggy back simulation” is especially designed for the needs of inland ports.

The system has seven 4k flat screens that are based on a proprietary 3-DOF movement (three-dimensional space). Users get a realistic sense of how the entire simulator moves - exactly how the equipment would move during the operation of a real crane.

An instructor control station is in constant contact with the system and the user. The operator can simulate any number of scenarios with instruction, including difficult weather conditions and special emergency situations. Such scenarios cannot be simply practiced on a real crane during regular operations. This represents a fundamental advantage of the crane simulator.

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Splendid honour for Staake

Press release of Logistics Hall of Fame.

Ismaning near Munich/Berlin, December 5, 2019. Thunderous applause, standing ovations and a flurry of flashlights for Erich Staake: On December 5, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Duisburger Hafen AG was inducted to the world-famous hall at the annual gala reception of the Logistics Hall of Fame at the Federal Ministry of Transport in Berlin as the “modernizer of inland port logistics”. 250 guests from logistics, politics and industry paid tribute to the work of the man who, with his logport concept, had led inland port logistics into a new era and made the regional port of Duisburg to one of the leading logistics hubs in Europe.

“Erich Staake has characteristics that are rarely found among managers: He combines power, management and courage. He assumes responsibility, leads and sets the direction. And he has shaken up logistics,” said former Bertelsmann manager Mark Wössner, who delivered the laudatory speech for the new member. The manager has not only made a significant contribution to the port of Duisburg, but has also impressively demonstrated how logistics strengthens the economic power and quality of life of an entire region. A total of 50,000 jobs, 7,000 directly in the port, have been created in the past 20 years.

Staake, who worked as a manager for Preussag, the construction group Philipp Holzmann, Wella and Bertelsmann among others, is the 35th member of the Hall of Fame of the world's most famous logisticians. In the historic Erich Klausener Hall of the Federal Ministry of Transport he accepted the prestigious membership certificate made of glass and metal.


Background: The Logistics Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 and honours leading figures who have made outstanding efforts to promote the further development of logistics and supply chain management. This eternal pantheon is also designed to remind future generations of the achievements of these individuals in the service of logistics. The aim of the Logistics Hall of Fame is to act as a worldwide platform to publicise the performance capability of logistics and its importance for society. The Logistics Hall of Fame is a non-profit initiative supported by the world of politics, associations, the logistics industry and logistics science. The patron is Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in Germany.

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