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Your largest hinterland terminal in Europe.
A model project for the future of logistics.

The Duisburg Gateway Terminal (DGT), the largest container terminal in the European hinterland, is being built in the Port of Duisburg. It is the first terminal to be operated completely climate-neutrally with the help of hydrogen and to be intelligently networked. Duisburg Gateway Terminal GmbH is the operating company of the DGT; the shareholders are Duisburger Hafen AG, Hupac SA, PSA International Pte Ltd and the HTS Group.

A strong network


Logistics hub and Europe's largest hinterland hub. The Port of Duisburg is more than just a port. As a trimodal logistics hub, duisport achieves a handling volume of 4.0 million TEU (20-foot standard container) and offers a wide range of services by and, thanks to networking water, rail and road, it offers the ideal conditions for making transport chains efficient, resource-conserving and cost-effective as possible. Europe's largest hinterland hub combines an outstanding geographical location and ideal site conditions with comprehensive logistics expertise and impresses customers from all over the from all over the world with a wide range of services - such as full-service packages in the areas of infra- and superstructure including settlement management as well as logistics services in the areas of packaging logistics, rail freight transportation, project logistics, consulting and facility management. 


Hupac is the leading network operator in intermodal transport in Europe with a transport volume of around 1 million road consignments per year. The service comprises 150 trains per day with connections between the major European economic areas and destinations as far as the Far East. The Hupac Group consists of 24 companies with locations in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Russia and China and employs around 680 people. 


With around 30 container barges, HTS Intermodaal connects the Dutch and Flemish seaports efficiently and sustainably around the clock with destinations in the Benelux countries, Germany and beyond. Clients benefit from a large number of liner services, and we also offer customized solutions. For example, for the transportation of additional container volumes by inland waterway or for certain transports on unusual routes. Service is always a top priority at HTS Intermodaal. We deal intensively with customer inquiries, provide targeted advice and always keep our promises. On request, we take on the entire project, from the seaport to the inland terminal to the front door. Where necessary, we also use rail and truck transport in addition to inland shipping. 


PSA International (PSA) is a leading global port operator and trusted partner to cargo stakeholders.
Currently, PSA’s portfolio comprises over 60 deepsea, rail and inland terminals, across more than 170 locations in 45 countries – including two flagship port operations in Singapore and Belgium.Drawing on the deep expertise and experience from a diverse global team, PSA collaborates with its customers and partners to develop world-class port ecosystems and deliver innovative supply chain solutions to accelerate the shift towards sustainable trade. In 2023 PSA handled 94.8 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) across its port terminals around the world of which, PSA’s flagship terminal in Singapore contributed 38.8 million TEUs and PSA terminals outside Singapore handled 56 million TEUs.

A strong duo

A strong duo for our terminal of the future!

May we introduce: the Managing Directors of the Duisburg Gateway Terminal (DGT)! Christoph Kahlert and Sven Zölle have been preparing everything for the launch of the largest terminal in the European hinterland since July.

"We can hardly wait for the first 100% climate-neutral terminal in the European hinterland to go into operation. The tracks are in place and the first gantry crane has already been erected: The construction work is progressing well. We are now looking for a strong team and hope to receive many applications," says Christoph Kahlert.

"The DGT is rightly regarded as a model project for the future of logistics. When completed, it will have an area of 235,000 square meters. The processes will be largely digitalized and automated. Being involved in a future-oriented project of this magnitude and being able to help shape it is both a challenge and an opportunity," says Sven Zölle.

Both Managing Directors bring a wealth of logistics experience to the new DGT GmbH: Christoph Kahlert is Head of Finance and an authorized signatory at duisport. Sven Zölle was most recently operational manager of the five container terminal locations of Swissterminal AG, operator of the largest service network for terminals in Switzerland.


Your advantages are obvious

  • Linking the international flow of goods by ship, rail and truck.
  • 30% of all freight trains between China and Europe are handled via the Port of Duisburg.
  • Positioning of the coal island as a central gateway hub
  • Peninsula in the Port of Duisburg-Ruhrort with previous industrial use
  • Total area approx. 235,000 m²
  • Rail terminal with additional connection to Rhine / ARA ports, RHK
  • Highway network (connection to A59 and A40 with further connection to A3 and A42)
  • DGT as a continuation of the successful structural change concept from coal to logistics
  • services.

The Project
Container terminal

Not only ultra-modern, digital and efficient, but also 100 percent climate-neutral.

Together with its international partners, duisport is building the largest container terminal in the European hinterland on the site of the former coal island by 2024.
The Duisburg Gateway Terminal will not only be ultra-modern, digital and efficient, but also 100 percent climate-neutral. The largest development project since "logport I" 22 years ago is a model project with an impact far beyond the Port of Duisburg. It shows what the logistics and energy supply of tomorrow will look like.
When completed after two construction phases, the DGT will have a revolutionary modal split, with 40 percent transportation by rail, 40 percent by barge and only 20 percent truck traffic on the road. Six gantry crane systems, twelve block train tracks with a length of 730 meters and several berths for inland waterway vessels are available on 240,000 m² of terminal space.
Hydrogen-powered shunting locomotives are to be used on the DGT in future. Otherwise, there are no reach stackers and all goods movements are controlled digitally. A shore power connection is available for every barge on the quay to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Other partners in the first hydrogen project to be implemented directly in the Port of Duisburg are Westenergie Netzservice GmbH, the Rolls-Royce Power Systems division, Stadtwerke Duisburg and Stadtwerke Duisburg Energiehandel GmbH. The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection for a period of four years as part of the "Hydrogen Technology Initiative".

Energy transition

Europe's first climate-neutral container terminal based on hydrogen technology is being built here.

Europe's first climate-neutral container terminal based on hydrogen technology is being built in the Port of Duisburg. As part of the joint enerPort II project, a concept for the terminal's complete energy transition is being implemented. The former coal island in the port becomes a model project for the future of logistics in Europe's largest hinterland hub.

The Port of Duisburg will not only be home to the largest container terminal in the European hinterland, but also the first completely climate-neutral terminal with hydrogen, intelligent networking and the ability to supply neighboring districts with energy. Together with international partners, duisport will build the trimodal Duisburg Gateway Terminal (DGT) on the site of the former coal island by 2024.

In order to implement the complete energy transition in the world's largest inland port, duisport and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have analyzed pioneering technologies and developed tailor-made models for Europe's largest hinterland hub as part of the enerPort project. In the follow-up project enerPort II (funding code: 03EN3046), the aim is now to install a sustainable energy system in the DGT that combines renewable energies, energy storage, consumers and various hydrogen technologies. Key components for this are fuel cell systems and hydrogen engines for power generation as well as battery storage.

Specifically, we will implement a sustainable, hydrogen-based energy concept that aims to achieve a high degree of self-sufficiency. An intelligent local energy network links and controls renewable energies in the form of photovoltaic and hydrogen-based combined heat and power plants with electrical and thermal energy storage systems as well as hydrogen storage systems and consumers such as shore power, charging stations and crane systems. A future supply for neighboring districts is also being considered in theory.

DGT in numbers

DGT - Duisburg
founded on October 24, 2019
Duisburger Hafen AG, Duisburg
HUPAC SA, Chiasso/CH
H.T.S. Intermodaal B.V. Gorinchem/NL
PSA Antwerp/BE
Coal Island area (Kohleninsel)
Construction stage 1 = 149.200 m²
Construction stage + 86.700 m² = 235.900 m²
Start-Configuration Terminal
  • 3 gantry crane systems
  • 6 block train tracks under crane; track length > 730 meters
  • Gate buildung
  • Surface paving
  • Drainage systems
  • Noise barrier
  • Lighting
  • Four unloading and loading bays and a berth for barges
  • Approx. 65,000 m² of space for the temporary storage of loading units
Approach via Schlickstr. 19, 47138 Duisburg
Contact Number: +49 203 803 4730

Coal Island

  • The coal island is built in 1908
  • In 1913, coal is the most important cargo handled in Duisburg with 18.3 million tons
  • Average handling capacity for coal in the Port of Duisburg: 10 million tons per year
  • 4.75 million tons of coal per year were handled via the coal island
  • 3.2 million tons of coal were still handled in Duisburg in 2018
  • 2020 Decommissioning of the coal handling facility on the coal island