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Port of Emmerich gets bigger!

Larger container terminal in port of Emmerich

April 12, 2023

The container terminal in the port of Emmerich will have an additional 8,000 square metres. Construction of this new section started at the beginning of April and will be completed at the end of October. This is the second phase of the modernization of the port, the port authority reports. A first expansion took place in December 2021. In total, the port on the Lower Rhine will have 56,000 square meters for the transhipment and storage of containers.


After completion of the terminal expansion, the so-called third phase will be started: the strengthening of the foundations and the construction of two new container bridges that will successively replace the existing, smaller cranes. Throughput in Emmerich is now around 100,000 teu on an annual basis. The new part of the container terminal has a direct connection to the harbor basin.

Arndt Wilms, project leader of the port modernization at the port authority, presents his port as a strategic hub location along the Rhine for both the ARA ports and for serving the densely populated and industry-intensive region around the Rhine and Rur. Wilms: “With its trimodal traffic connections and soon more efficient transhipment capacity, Emmerich is mainly focusing on the future.”


For example, container transport with XXL freighters is expected to take off. To prevent congestion, the major seaports are looking for a fast transit link to the hinterland. Emmerich is an attractive candidate. But also for regional or even national trade and industry. They are rethinking their strategic transport chains.

In recent years, trade and industry have learned from the pandemic and the blockage of the Suez Canal that it is good to hold larger reserves, so that production or supply interruptions can be absorbed. Wilms: “Our new terminal with its enormous storage capacity responds like no other to these future trends.”


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