Duisburg intermodal terminal, source: Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport)

Maersk and Duisport join forces in a new logistics centre

Shipping company Maersk is planning an investment at logport VI of the port of Duisburg. The project confirmed by both sides will utilise a 100,000 square metres area for the construction of a “trimodal logistics location”, that will consist of a distribution and warehouse complex, as well as a container terminal. The project is estimated to create six hundred new workplaces.

The location in which the project is going to get implemented is called Waslum.  Logport VI constitutes the second-largest project of Duisburger Hafen AG during the last twenty years, following logport I at Duisburg-Rheinhausen. The site is considered ideal in terms of infrastructure and opportunities for future growth.

Location assets

Among the advantages of the location, one can find its central position in the Ruhr area. The new terminal to get constructed will have direct access to the port of Duisburg and the connected waterways, as well as to several European destinations, that can also link it to Asia.

Duisport itself is the largest inland port in the world at the moment and a significant hub for European and international trade and transportation. The preexisting infrastructure that it offers, in combination with a competitive environment established in the industry make it ideal for large -scale investments. Besides, the fact that the location provides opportunities for intermodal and combined transportation cannot go unnoticed, especially in the context of a globally interconnected crossroad.


Maersk chose the Waslum location after carefully examining all the characteristics that could prove beneficial. The main objective pursued relates to the provision of an “additional hub in the supply chains for the customers” said Jens-Ole Krenzien, Vice President North West Continent Region at Maersk.

Logpoprt VI seems to fit the company’s “strategy for globally integrated logistics services” perfectly. Moreover, it is estimated to facilitate the supply of “comprehensive and tailored logistics solutions for the customers in the heart of Europe”.

Rail and sea transportation, together with end-to-end logistics services, aim to “create real added value and reduce the complexity in the supply chains of customers” added Krenzien. The project undoubtedly has excellent potential and generates many expectations in the industry. What remains now is to see official announcements concerning the deal and an exact timetable regarding the construction procedures.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

Editor at RailFreight.com

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