From its former provincial character, the Duisburg port in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia is becoming a player in international shipping, its significance receiving a big boost with the recent focus on the Belt-Road-Initiative in Beijing.
To strengthen its role in international shipping, Duisburg port has ironed out a strategic partnership with the port of Trieste.
“This will enable us to expand our European network as well provide us access to China through the Suez Canal and through the land way via Turkey and Iran,” Duisburg’s chief executive Erich Staake has been telling the media.
Duisburg has become an important point for transporting goods by rail to and from China. “We already have 25 trains leaving each week to several destination points in China, contributing to a rise in throughput in both ports,“ Staake says. Duisburg and Trieste both want to invest in dry ports in the region…
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