Germans reject Dutch purchase of Port of Duisburg share
The Port of Hamburg is rejecting plans by the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp to buy a 33-percent share in the Port of Duisburg in Germany, according to the Dutch Financieele Dagblad newspaper. Duisburg is considered the world’s largest inland port situated where the Rhine and Ruhr rivers meet.
“We presume Berlin will stop this going ahead because it’s not in the interests of the German job market,” says Port of Hamburg director of marketing Claudia Roller. Leading Hamburg businessman Ian Karan is even more forthright: “We have of course to respect European takeover regulations, but I think Rotterdam can go whistle.”
Market Rotterdam and Antwerp have been taking an increasingly large share of business compared to the Port of Hamburg, especially in the container-shipping market.
In January, the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp announced they were interested in buying a 33-percent share in Duisburg from the German government which has yet to make a statement on the issue.
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