Duisberg and Amsterdam develop hydrogen chain

Markus Bangen, CEO of duisport and Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam, announced yesterday that the ports will jointly develop the hydrogen chain and their hinterland network and signed a cooperation agreement to that effect.


The ports of Amsterdam and Duisburg are directly connected via the Rhine and various land routes and play important roles as logistics hubs for the European hinterland. For a long time, these ports have been partners in facilitating important trade flows between Germany and the Netherlands. This existing partnership expresses itself, among other things, in the joint company Hafen Duisburg / Amsterdam Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and is now entering a new phase.

Development of value chain for green hydrogen carriers

Both ports have great ambitions in the energy sector and want to be at the forefront of the transition to sustainable and renewable energy sources. Port of Amsterdam and duisport will therefore jointly explore the potential of various hydrogen carrier technologies. With the aim of setting up an international supply chain for hydrogen on a commercial scale.

The import, storage and distribution of green hydrogen carriers play a crucial role in the energy transition in the industrial and maritime sectors. Port of Amsterdam, together with other significant players in the hydrogen industry, is part of the H2A consortium. This consortium focuses on importing one million tons of green hydrogen into the Port of Amsterdam. H2A offers a unique platform that can be connected to duisport. This establishes an end-to-end value chain for green hydrogen carriers between the two ports.

Shared hinterland network

In addition to developing the green hydrogen chain, duisport and Port of Amsterdam are setting up shared commercial projects to develop their hinterland networks. The ports of Amsterdam and Duisburg are well connected via inland waterway, land and rail corridors and centrally located within the European network. In addition to the existing daily barge connections, an Amsterdam - Duisburg rail shuttle was launched in 2019. This shuttle forms an important corridor, providing a direct connection for the short sea and intermodal networks of both ports.