Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Multimodal Container Freight Group Commits Long Term

Logistics Operator Samskip Make Duisburg Their Hub
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – Short sea and multimodal shipping specialist Samskip and subsidiary company Van Dieren have signed a long-term agreement with Duisport to make the newly combined KV-Terminal Hohenbudberg at the Port of Duisburg their new base. Samskip has used the the DeCeTe terminal in the port of Duisburg for some time for its container sea freight operations and now Van Dieren will operate its rail-based cargo services via the intermodal hub of Duisport.

With a total investment of over 20 million Euros, the new 120,000 m² terminal will have seven tracks and two gantry cranes and Hohenbudberg will then be able to handle up to 250,000 TEU’s a year. The new terminal is expected to start operating in the second quarter of 2012 and other local companies will also use the terminal facilities. The CEO of Samskip, Jens Holger Nielsen commented:

"Samskip has decided to invest and consolidate in Duisburg as an integral part of our pan-European multimodal network across water, rail, inland waterways and road. The commitment to the Hohenbudberg terminal is part of this strategy and ensures that we have operational control and flexibility in this area, thus allowing us to continue to grow our pan-European multimodal network."

Duisburger Hafen AG is the owner and manager of the public Port of Duisburg, the largest inland port in the world. Together with Van Dieren, Samskip operates a network of short sea and multimodal container logistics systems which covers over thirty European countries utilising its fleet of over 13,000 containers giving a viable alternative to long distance road haulage in several major markets.

Photo: Duisburg container operations in action.