NYK to open inland container terminal in Germany
Japan’s NYK Group will on April 17 officially open its new inland container terminal in Duisburg, a city in Germany’s Ruhr area.
The D3T Duisburg Trimodal Terminal has an area totaling 37,500 square meters for handling up to 75,000 containers a year. It includes four 350-meter rails, an inland ship handling facility — also 350 meters long — and a crane for water and rail transshipment. D3T has ocean port status as a container yard for customs purposes.
NYK said about 30 million people live and work in a 150-kilometer radius of the new terminal in Duisburg, which has become an important distribution center for the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp.
The company already operates its own block trains connecting Duisburg with the ports of Amsterdam (from the NYK Group-owned Ceres Paragon Terminal) and Rotterdam several times a week.
“The D3T forms part of NYK Line's strategy of steadily extending its distribution network, which will culminate in the establishment of a pan-European hub for Central and Eastern Europe,” said Klaus-Peter Barth, managing director of NYK Line (Deutschland) GmbH. “In addition to the Duisburg region, we also plan to further extend our intermodal connections with South and East Europe.”