Duisburg is a city of half a million population in the western part of Germany. It used to be a big industrial center of the Ruhr area. Today, huge industrial halls play the role of museums, and the city is often referred to as the capital of culture.
A visit to several logistics centers located in the inland port of Duisburg area of 740 hectares, with a handling capacity of 2.2 million TEU allowed to learn the universal nature of the port, its size and the degree of the handling capacity utilization (reloads every year – about 125 million tons of cargo) and the scope of its warehouse potential.
The port of Duisburg is the largest place of container handling concentration in Western Europe, a communication node for seaports (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp) and an important storage and handling node on the land. During the visit, the operational meaning of the trimodal system were presented. Its operating principles on the Rhine river are based on the fixed network connections, in which the three means of transport: by road, rail and inland waterways meet the requirements of the concept of sustainable transport. The port is an excellent example of a trimodal node – 350 transport trains leave this place weekly. It is the best example, showing, that the transport can be effectively moved from roads to more economical and environmentally beneficial means: water and rail.