Port of Trieste and duisport, a strategic partnership on the new Silk Road
TRIESTE - The port of Trieste and Duisburger Hafen, the public corporation that manages the fluvial port of Duisburg, have signed a collaboration agreement with the aim to increase freight traffic, with particular reference to the the Belt and Road Initiative
The agreement was signed by president of Trieste Port Authority Zeno D’Agostino and Erich Staake, president of Duisport. The collaboration between the two ports will open a gateway for Duisburg to the Mediterranean and the Europe-Turkey/Iran corridor.
Trieste will benefit from the opportunity to promote its own logistics system internationally and to develop intermodal and industrial activities with the technical and financial support of some of the best worldwide experts in the field.
Duisburg is in fact the largest active international hub in Europe, operating as logistics platform for big international corporations: an intermodal gateway with fluvial and railroad connections to every corner of the continent, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediteranean, but also to China.
Almost 25 trains per week connect Duisburg to Northern China, while Trieste is connected to the Maritime Silk Road through the Suez Canal.
With this agreement, the port of call of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and the port situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr (two of the major navigable rivers in Europe) are going to be able to increase railroad traffic within the logistics platforms according to a common project.
“The port of Duisburg is one of the best examples of global development for logistic platforms integrated with the ports across northern Europe and can be considered at this time the European terminal for the Belt and Road Initiative, as it is strategically positioned to have maritime and land connections”, explained Zeno D’Agostino.
For Erich Staake, “…the transport of goods of duisport to and from Greece and Turkey will increase thanks to this collaboration since such countries prefer to proceed by moving their goods towards central and northern Europe passing through the port of Trieste. Trieste also acquires through duisport access to the northern Silk Road, and the port of Duisburg acquires a connection to the Maritime Silk Road through Trieste. This will inevitably increase freight traffic for both ports”.