The Duisburg Gateway Terminal is expected to become a key European hub for Eurasian rail traffic when it opens in 2022. Thirty per cent of rail freight between China and Europe passes through Duisburg that is 35 trains a week to 12 destinations in China. This is expected to rise to 100 weekly eastbound trains.
The terminal also has an annual 850,000-TEU capacity to handle rail traffic from eastern and southeastern Europe as well as inland waterway volume to seaports.
The site will include a 220,000-square metre terminal, 12 tracks for 730-metre long block trains, 20,000 square metres of warehousing and 60,000 square metres of container storage, six gantry cranes, five loading areas and three berths for inland vessels.
The EUR100 million (US$110.1 million) project is jointly owned by Disport, which has 30 per cent, Cosco Shipping Logistics with 30 per cent, Swiss intermodal logistics operator Hupac with 20 per cent and Dutch barge company HTS Group with 20 per cent.
Said Duisport CEO Erich Staake: "We are reacting to the changing market and are building Europe's largest container terminal in the hinterland. We are consolidating our leading position in Chinese trade, creating jobs, and strengthening Nordrhein-Westfalen as the most important logistics location in Europe."