Duisburger Hafen AG, a department of the city, is the port authority for the Port of Duisburg. The Duisburger Hafen AG is responsible for collecting and distributing information to facilitate the efficient movement of ships within the port, minimizing risks for vessels using the port, assuring the safety of hazardous cargoes, controlling water pollution, and managing other port-related matters.
The Port of Duisburg is the world's biggest inland port, handling over 40 million tons of good carried by more than 20 thousand ships each year. Public facilities cover an area of 740 hectares and include 40 kilometers of wharf and 21 docks that cover an area of 180 hectares. The Logport Logistic Center-Duisburg covers 265 hectares. Several companies operate their own private docks in the Port of Duisburg, bringing the total cargo volume passing through the port to 70 million tons a year.
Located in the heart of the European market, the Port of Duisburg serves an area that contains more than 30 million consumers. The port has convenient access to Europe's rail, road, air, and water transport networks. The Port of Duisburg covers a total of more than 1.3 thousand hectares and contains 21 port basins with a total water area of 182 hectares.
In the 2007-2008 shipping season, the Port of Duisburg handled a total of 54.5 million tons of cargo including 28.3 million tons of bulk and general cargo, 15 million tons of general cargo, and 9.8 million tons of containerized cargo in over one million TEUs. Cargoes included 5.2 million tons of iron and steel and non-ferrous metals, 6.2 million tons of coal, 4.6 million tons of oil and chemical products, 1.5 million tons of scrap, and one million tons of building materials.
The Port of Duisburg contains ample and varied port facilities. The port has six container terminals with 14 gantry cranes with capacity for up to 55 tons. Two of the terminals are equipped with 700 meters of parallel tracks for simultaneous loading/unloading to and from trains. The Port of Duisburg contains nine covered ship loading/unloading facilities. It has a coal blending and loading facility and five coal unloading terminals. The Port of Duisburg has six steel service centers that process steel products and two roll-on/roll-off facilities. The port contains 150 hectares of storage areas, including 60 hectares of warehouse area for logistics services that include the Logport site.
Storage facilities include about 600 thousand cubic meters of tankage, 19 liquid cargo transfer facilities, and 130 cranes with capacity for 50 tons and a heavy- and oversized cargo transfer facility equipped with a 300-ton stationary crane and a 110-ton mobile crane. The Port of Duisburg operates three logistics centers: Logport, Logistikpark Kasslerfeld, and Logistikzentrum Ruhrort.
The Port of Duisburg offers three modern tri-modal container terminals and one rail/road terminal to provide all the services that container transporters will need. At the same time, the Port of Duisburg is an important center for the movement of conventional non-container cargoes like steel products and paper. Many of the operators in the Port of Duisburg specialize in general cargo services. The Port of Duisburg is also capable of handling heavy cargoes as much as 300 tons.
The most frequent cargoes handled by the Port of Duisburg are coal, oil, chemicals, scrap, metal industry additives, and building materials. Eight coal-terminaling companies within the Port of Duisburg supply coal imported from the United States, Poland, South Africa, Australia, and Colombia to power stations and steel mills throughout the region. The Port of Duisburg contains five coal terminals with a combined capacity for eight million tons. Barges carry up to 18 thousand tons of coal from Rotterdam or Amsterdam to the Port of Duisburg on the Rhine River. Trains deliver crushed coal to regional users. The Port of Duisburg has 19 terminals that handle liquid cargoes. Finally, the Port of Duisburg sorts more than 100 thousand tons of scrap each month to deliver to steel mills in Germany and other countries.
One of the Port of Duisburg's greatest advantages is its use of water, rail, and road transportation systems. Located at the crossroads of Europe's North-South and East-west inland shipping routes, the Port of Duisburg's tri-modal cargo transfer facilities allow reliable, efficient, and affordable transportation to best serve its customers throughout the region and the world.