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First Shipping Line Container Terminal in Duisburg Opened

(PresseBox) (Duisburg, ) .
- Duisburg Trimodal Terminal response to growing congestion in the sea ports
- CMA CGM and NYK consolidate gateway traffic
- Duisburg s position as Europe s central hinterland hub strengthened

CMA CGM and NYK, two of the world s largest container shipping lines, opened the Duisburg Trimodal Terminal D3T in the logport logistic park in Duisburg Rheinhausen today together with duisport in the presence of North-Rhine Westphalia s Prime Minister Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers and numerous guests. The first shipping line terminal in the European hinterland is the shipping industry s response to the challenge of fast growing cargo flows and increasing congestion at the sea ports. Sea port handling facilities enhance the value of the new terminal.

Gateway traffic moved via Duisburg to European hinterland destinations will account for a significant share of the throughput projected for the shipping line terminal. "CMA CGM and NYK will both use the terminal to consolidate their cargo. As most of the cargo was not shipped through the Port in the past, the other duisport terminals and their networks will benefit," said Erich Staake, President/CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG.

The D3T is an integrated part of the Duisburg logistics industry and will strengthen Duisburg s competitiveness as a hinterland hub in Europe. "Against the background of rapidly growing cargo volumes, the North Sea ports need efficient hinterland systems," added Staake. The D3T is a response to increasing sea port congestion, Staake continued and underlined that the new terminal demonstrates that the world s largest container lines are sharpening their focus on hinterland systems.

"We are positive about the unique benefits and the future success of the D3T and have had very encouraging feedback from our customers even during the run-up phase," explained Masamichi Morooka, President and CEO of NYK Group Europe Ltd., in Duisburg for the official launch of D3T. NYK is one of the world s ten largest container shipping lines. "The start-up of the D3T is a key element in our strategy of growing our inland distribution network and creating a pan-European hub for central and east European traffic," Mr Morooka commented.

"The D3T enables us to offer our customers a wide range of intermodal services through our subsidiaries CMA RAIL and River Shuttle Containers," explains CMA CGM Group Chief Executive Vice-President Farid T. Salem. "It is so far a unique link between the sea ports and the European hinterland, and a key component of the Group s door-to-door strategy".

D3T, one of the most modern European hinterland terminals, features four railroad tracks, each of half train length, on a total surface area of 37,500 square metres. The gantry crane which handles both ship and train cargo is operated by duisport. With a track width of 57 metres and an overall track length of 137 metres, it is not only the largest container bridge in the Port of Duisburg, but also the largest inland crane worldwide. The sea port status of D3T is a major asset of the new terminal, as the shipping lines enable their customers to deliver and to collect their overseas cargo in Duisburg. This setup avoids cargo handling congestion in the sea ports and allows permanent "in time" deliveries via Duisburg.

The category "logport I" in pictures showing the installation of the crane and the opening ceremony of today.

Key Data of the World s Largest Inland Container Crane
Track width: 57.0 m
Girder length: 137 m
Reach over water: 36.0 m
Reach over land: 36.0 m
Spreader lifting capacity: 40 tonnes
Spreader lift: 18 m
Maximum crane height: 36.7 m

CMA CGM Led by its founder Jacques R. Saadé, CMA CGM is currently the world s third largest container shipping company and is ranked number one in France. Operating a fleet of 377 vessels, including 101 company-owned, the Group serves 400 ports of call around the world. In 2007 it carried 7.7 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). With a presence on all continents and in 150 countries through its network of 650 agencies, the Group employs 16,000 people worldwide including 4,200 in France.

NYK (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha) is one of the world's leading transportation and logistics companies. The NYK Group operates approximately 762 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks and offers its customers a wide range of logistic services. NYK's revenue in 2006-2007 was 18 billion US Dollars. The organization employs about 51,000 people worldwide. The company has offices in 240 locations in 27 countries, warehouses on every continent, and harbor operations in Asia, North America, and Europe. NYK is based in Tokyo, and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.

Duisburger Hafen AG

Duisburger Hafen AG owns and operates the Port of Duisburg, the world’s largest inland port, on the confluence of the Ruhr and the Rhine. The duisport Group offers the complete infrastructure needed for port and logistics operations including a full-service investor support package. It also provides a wide range of logistics services which back up the portfolio of Port customers including packing logistics.

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