Bird’s eye view: “duisport” in the German city of Duisburg is the world’s biggest inland port
Photo: Duisburger Hafen AG / Hans Blossey
Stack after tidy stack of containers – a familiar image that could be taken at any terminal anywhere in the world. What makes this one different is that it does not show a sea port, but the world’s largest inland port, which is also Europe’s most important hinterland hub, located in the German industrial city of Duisburg. Last year some 4.1 million 20-foot containers (TEU) were handled across the total of eight terminals that make up “duisport,” along the Rhine and Ruhr rivers. This figure does not quite lift the facility, in whose immediate catchment area DB Schenker is also represented, into the league of the major deep-sea ports in Asia or along the North Sea. The global leader, the Port of Shanghai, for example, handled almost ten times that volume. Yet in the global rankings covering all container ports – seaports as well as inland ports – it still earned “duisport” a respectable 36th place.