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Duisburger Hafen and HMS Bergbau sign long-term partnership

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Duisburger Hafen and HMS Bergbau Coal Division (HMS) have entered into a long-term partnership for the development of the coal complex at Duisburg. Together with duisport, HMS will construct and operate a coal handling facility that can also be used for classifying and mixing coal. The facility is slated to go into operation in the spring of 2015 and will handle up to 500,000 tpa of coal. The total investment volume is more than €10 million.

"Last year's takeover of the coal complex has set the stage for further growth. The positive developments over the past few months have shown that the complex is one of Europe's most modern facilities and very competitive. With HMS, we have acquired a well-known company and ensured that the entire area of the coal complex will return to full utilisation within a short time period," says Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen.

HMS specialises in reliable shipments of thermal coal, metallurgical coal and solid fuels for power plants and other industry consumers. The company selected Duisburg due to its proximity to the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and the ports excellent trimodal connections.

"Duisburg is the leading hinterland hub for the western ports, with excellent connections to Central European markets. The planned innovative dosing facility will allow us to supply exact mixes with a homogeneous composition on a just-in-time basis and at a consistent quality. This is not just a real competitive advantage but also a prerequisite for long-term customer retention," emphasises Heinz Schernikau, CEO of HMS Bergbau AG.

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