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Rotterdam extends Duisport deal

[ May 9, 2022   //   ]

Germany’s Duisport and the Port of Rotterdam have signed a letter of intent to connect their IT systems.

The two ports have had a cooperation agreement in place since 2020, which will be expanded to include digitisation and energy transition.

The two ports been trading partners for a considerable time. For example, each year more than 1m TEU are exchanged between the two logistics hubs, almost a third of them already shipped by rail. Digitisation and data sharing could further increase the part played by rail by linking Duisburg’s ‘Rail Freight Data Hub’ and Rotterdam’s ‘Rail Connected’ initiative.

The LOI also includes agreements on looking into the possibility of linking the port community systems Portbase (Rotterdam) to the RheinPorts Information System (Duisburg) and to learn from each other’s initiatives in the area of digital twin projects.

Both ports also plan to investigate whether they can jointly take on the development of hydrogen hubs, including setting up a physical link between the two.  

Duisport chief executive Markus Bangen said: “We are facing major challenges that we will overcome together much faster, more efficiently and more intelligently. Particularly in the areas of digitalization and the energy transition, it is important to work together and share our knowledge and expertise.”

Port of Rotterdam chief executive Allard Castelein added: “Digitisation and energy transition are as important to Duisport’s strategy as they are to our own. We believe in the power of collaboration with likeminded organisations. This LOI represents a positive step in that direction.”