The transshipment of cargo via Giurgiulesti International Free Port increased by 4% reaching 876,274 tons in 2016. The transshipment of bulk cargo via Giurgiulesti International Free Port increased by 3%, reaching 876,274 tons and the transshipment of cargo in sea containers increased by 10% reaching 757.977 tons in 2016. About 57% of the bulk cargo transshipments volumes consisted of the export of Moldovan grain, oil seeds and vegetable oil and about 34% of the import of mineral oil products. Grain, oil seeds and vegetable oil were primarily delivered by maritime vessels from Giurgiulesti to European Union countries located in the Mediterranean area. Mineral oil products were mostly delivered to Giurgiulesti by maritime vessels from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean as well as by river barges and via the European railway network from Romania. Apart from the export of agricultural goods and the import oil products, Giurgiulesti International Free Port is also frequently used for the import of construction material, soda ash, coal, pet-coke and agricultural machinery.
The total number of sea containers transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) and delivered to/collected from the Port of Constanta by Danube Logistics SRL increased by 3% to 8,200 containers in 2016. While the number of import containers decreased due to the challenging economic environment, the number of sea containers used for the export of Moldovan grain, wine, spirits, vegetable oil and other goods increased by 25%. The main destinations of these export containers shipped from Giurgiulesti were Malaysia (32%), Myanmar (22%), Indonesia (13%), USA (5%) and China (4%). The shipments of containers were realized in collaboration with MSC, CMA, CSCL, COSCO, ZIM, ARAKS, APL and other leading container shipping lines calling on a weekly basis on the port of Constanta.
Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics SRL stated: “We are very pleased about the considerable increase in the export of Moldovan goods in sea containers. Last year we managed to facilitate Moldovan exports to 43 countries.”
Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and a multi-modal logistic service supplier. Giurgiulesti International Free Port is a Black Sea — Danube Port located on the maritime section of the Danube in the Republic of Moldova.

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On 22nd of July 2019 the General Director of Danube Logistics, Mathias von Tucher, presented the Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) to a delegation from Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce and from the port of Tianjin as well as to representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Moldova. GIFP plays a vital role for the trade relations between Moldova and China and the business park is an interesting location for Chinese investors. In addition Danube Logistics already has an excellent long-term cooperation with the Chinese Cosco shipping lines.

The event was organized by the Moldova-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) represented by its President Victor Durlesteanu. It was the first event following the recent conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between Danube Logistics and MCCC.

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As in previous years Danube Logistics, general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, invited for a picnic reception to celebrate the Danube Day on 29th of June. The Danube Day is jointly celebrated in 14 countries of the Danube River basin promoting the connection of its people and nature. Since ancient times the Danube river is a historic trade route and since twelve years, when the Giurgiulesti International Free Port received his first vessel, the Republic of Moldova again participates at this important trade route connecting to the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

The event took place on a natural platform at the port premises overlooking the Danube River and the port facilities. More than 100 Moldovan and international guests participated, among the honorable guests were the Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Ms. Georgeta Mincu, the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union, Mr. Peter Michalko, the Ambassador of Germany, Ms. Angela Ganninger, the Ambassador of Austria, Ms. Christine Freilinger, the Ambassador of Sweden, Ms. Anna Lyberg, the Ambassador of Poland, Mr. Bartlomiej Zdaniuk, and the Head of European Investment Bank Representation in Moldova, Mr. Antonio Castillo. Further representatives of central and local authorities including the mayors of Giurgiulesti and nearby villages as well as business clients attended the event with Moldovan food and wines and traditional music.

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On 25th of June Danube Logistics together with the Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service from Cahul conducted one of its regular emergency exercises at the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The objective of this exercise was to test the readiness of fire fighting in the event of a fire at the oil terminal.

The focus of this year’s exercise was on training of the operational staff of the oil terminal in cooperation with the firefighting brigade of Giurgiulesti village. As specific aims of this exercise the response time of the firefighting brigade was tested after being alerted of a fire at the truck loading station as well as the synchronization of the needed actions undertaken by both the firefighting brigade and the oil terminal staff in order to achieve an effective joint intervention.

As Danube Logistics provides an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of the premedical First Aid training on trimestral base, an element of the exercise was providing first aid to a person who was injured by the simulated fire. In addition the training included the handling of using various types of fire extinguishers.

Due to professional and combined actions of the Cahul Emergency Department and Danube Logistics the drill was successful and the readiness and ability of cooperation of both the firefighting brigade and the oil terminal staff during an emergency situation was demonstrated and important lessons were learned.

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