Markus Bangen, CEO of duisport, and Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam, have announced that the ports would work together to grow the hydrogen value chain and its hinterland network, expanding their long-standing partnership. To demonstrate the dedication of their firms to these common objectives, the CEOs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Rhine and several land routes immediately link the ports of Amsterdam and Duisburg, which play crucial roles as logistical hubs for the continent’s interior. These ports have collaborated in the past to support significant trade flows between Germany and the Netherlands. Their joint participation firm, Hafen Duisburg / Amsterdam Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, reflects their long-standing collaboration and will now move into a new phase.
In order to create an international supply chain for hydrogen on a large scale, Port of Amsterdam and duisport will work together to investigate the possibilities of a number of hydrogen transport technologies. Energy transformation in the industrial and maritime sectors is made possible by the import, storage, and distribution of green hydrogen carriers. The H2A consortium, which comprises several key actors in the hydrogen sector and seeks to import one million tonnes of green hydrogen to the port of Amsterdam, includes the Port of Amsterdam as a member. An end-to-end value chain for green hydrogen carriers between both ports can now be established thanks to the connection of the H2A project’s unique platform to duisport.
Duisport and Port of Amsterdam will establish combined commercial initiatives to further extend their hinterland networks in addition to developing the green hydrogen value chain. Amsterdam and Duisburg are placed in the center of the vast European network and have excellent inland sea, road, and rail connections. In addition to the already regular barge links, a rail shuttle between Amsterdam and Duisburg was introduced in 2019. This shuttle creates a crucial corridor that immediately connects the intermodal and short marine networks of both ports.