On 6th of July, Viceprime-minister, minister of Economy Valeriu Lazar visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP). The purpose of his visit was to review the progress the construction of the new container and general cargo terminal and assess the impact of the ongoing floods on the construction of the new terminal as well as the operation of the existing oil and grain terminals.
During his visit, the administration of the port organized an excursion to the existing facilities and the flooded construction site. “The situation is indeed exceptional however all the necessary precautions measures were undertaken to ensure high level security for the Oil and Grain Terminals. Both terminals are operable now and right after the water retreats the construction works will restart.” summed up following the excursion Mr. Valeriu Lazar.

Regarding the development of GIFP he furthermore stated, “the investor continues to invest and fortunately the state does not stay much behind in creating all necessary conditions for developing the infrastructure up to here, to the Port”. Also after a round-table discussion with the General Director of EASEUR Holding BV, Thomas Moser and his management team, Mr. Lazar declared: “Today I realized that there is considerable interest from international companies in becoming residents within the business park of GIFP and I am very glad that there are agents willing to invest in Moldova who follow the example of this investor here”.

The situation on the construction sight however remains unchanged, for as long as there are expected increases in the level of water. Thomas Moser, the chairman of EASEUR Holding BV, the main shareholder of DANUBE Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port declared to the press that an estimative value of damages caused by the high waters is of EUR 1.5-2mln consisting of idle costs, of the equipment, the mobilization and demobilization of international workers as well the consolidation of Prut and Danube river banks. However a more accurate evaluation of financial damages the company incurred will be possible only after the water retreats and an appreciation of damages conducted.

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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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