Duisburg (dpa / lnw) - Despite the pandemic and the Ukraine war, the port of Duisburg will be in the black again this year. "We will do better than planned in 2022, we made a profit," said Duisport boss Markus Bangen of the "Rheinische Post" (Friday edition). At around 340 million euros, sales will be slightly below the previous year's level. "But if you deduct special effects such as the sale of a hall from the 2021 balance sheet, we actually grew slightly overall in business - despite the pandemic, supply chain problems and the Ukraine war," says the manager.
Last year, the Duisport Group had sales of almost 347 million euros and a net income after taxes of 18.9 million euros. Container handling in what it claims to be the largest inland port in the world reached a record value of around 4.3 million standard container units (TEU) in 2021.
Bangen criticized the slow progress of the deepening work on the Rhine, which should improve the navigability of the river, not least at low water. "It is said that the work between Krefeld and Cologne will last until 2032, and that the route along the Loreley towards Koblenz can only begin in 2028, although the planning is complete. That is not possible, the Federal Ministry of Transport has to intervene here," demanded Bangen .