Güterverkehrszentrum Bayernhafen Nürnberg (GVZ Bayernhafen Nürnberg) forecasts its container handling volume to clearly rise, and expects to gain ground in terms of new firms that will settle at GVZ in 2010 after this German freight village operator saw at its sites in Nuremberg and Roth a 10.9% fall in overall handling of goods to approx. 12.6mn t, and a 5.3% fall in container handling to 242,255 TEUs in 2009. Intermodal transport i.e. combined rail/road/ship cargo handling decreased by 3.7%. Port Managing Director Harald Leupold has stressed that the GVZ Nürnberg, the biggest logistics hub in South Germany, outperformed - in all business fields - average business figures throughout Germany. Mainly strong winter weather caused the 15% fall in ship cargo handling to 458,600 t. There was a rise of almost 62% to about 15,000 t in the field of heavy cargo handling. The GVZ Nürnberg, which comprises 260 firms with about 5,300 employees, offers 52 ha of land that can be used for further companies' investments. Furthermore, there are plans to become a stop for river cruise ships, Logistics Finland reports.