ECT to build inland terminal at Duisburg
WONG JOON SAN
Europe Combined Terminals (ECT) is expanding its service package to customers with investment in a container terminal.
ECT said it planned to build and operate a container terminal at Duisburg in Germany, the biggest inland port in Europe.
The terminal will occupy a 4.8-hectare site and have a quay length of 360 metres. It is expected to be open by the second half of next year.
ECT wants to establish a daily inland shipping link between Duisburg, the ECT Home Terminal and the ECT Delta Terminal to handle cargo between Rotterdam and Duisburg. Transport will be subcontracted to third parties.
The project will have good links with German rail networks.
ECT handles almost three quarters of all containers going through Rotterdam port.
In 1996, ECT handled 2.4 million teu (20 ft equivalent units) of transshipment.
Duisburg registered strong traffic growth this year. Cargo volume for the first three quarters stood at 12 million tonnes, a rise of 15 per cent on last year's period.
Rail cargo for the first three quarters soared by 17.5 per cent to 7.9 million tonnes.