Port Handbook

When entering the river Danube via the Sulina or Bystroye channels please refer to Maritime Danube Regulations of the Romanian River Administration (AFDJ). Pilotage is compulsory within the Sulina and Bystroye channels as well as the maritime section of the Danube up to GIFP.  For more information please contact your Ukrainian Bystroe channel agent or your Romanian Sulina channel agent for more details.

GIFP is located on Maritime Danube Mile 72.2 / km 133.8 in the Republic of Moldova. Vessels must inform Danube Logistics immediately after passing Danube Mile 44. At approximately mile 71,5 GIFP’s port pilot will board the vessel and GIFP’s tug boat will assist the vessel during its final approach to GIFP. Prior to the final approach to GIFP, the master must seek the permission of Giurgiulesti Harbour Master on Channel 16.

The use of GIFP’s harbor pilot is compulsory for all maritime vessels. For more information please contact the Port Agent.

Berthing of any vessel at GIFP is subject to a valid transshipment or terminal service agreement of the shipper or shipping company with ICS Danube Logistics SRL and a pre-agreed laycan at the respective terminal. Berthing operations are conducted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For maritime vessels the use of GIFP’s towage assistance with one tug boat at the Oil Terminal and with two tug boats at the Grain, Container and General Cargo terminals is compulsory. Upon approach, during manoeuvres and when communicating with tugboats, use Channels 16 then 14 or as requested. At all terminals the vessels are to be berthed starboard alongside (facing upstream).

Danube Logistics and government officials representing the state customs committee, border guards, harbor master and sanitary authorities will board the vessel for documentation purposes upon its arrival and departure. The master of the vessel will be required to present stamped copies of the documents specified in GIFP’s port rules.

Please note that Danube Logistics has zero-tolerance on corruption matters and that any wrong-doing will be reported to respective national authorities.

A number of bunkering service suppliers are residents of GIFP. Should your vessel require bunker fuel while calling on GIFP, please ask Danube Logistics’ port agency division for quotations from the potential suppliers.

Should your vessel require any food or other supplies, please ask Danube Logistics port agency division for quotations.

Vessels calling on GIFP can be supplied with fresh water and electricity upon request. Please contact Danube Logistics port agency division for applicable charges.

Reasonable ship-borne domestic garbage can be disposed of at GIFP with the assistance of Danube Logistics into dedicated facilities at GIFP. Please contact Danube Logistics port agency division for applicable charges. Dumping of any ship-generated waste, residues and dumping of hazardous waste is strictly prohibited.

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14.04.2019
TRANSSHIPMENTS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASED TO MORE THAN 1 MILLION TONS IN 2018

Transshipments via Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) increased by more than 10% to a new record of 1,050,000 tons during 2018. Mathias von Tucher, the general director of Danube Logistics SRL, the general investor and operator of GIFP noted:

“Last year we noticed a significant increase in transshipments of dry bulk cargo, in particular aggregates, coal and fertilizer. Due to increasing demand for transshipments and for land in GIFP’s business park we plan to more than double the capacity of the multi-purpose dry cargo terminal with additional equipment and the construction of another berth.”

During the course of 2018 Giurgiulesti International Free Port facilitated exports to 53 countries and imports from 33 countries. 76% of the imports via GIFP originated from the European Union while 57% of the exports facilitated by the port are bound for the European Union.

Danube Logistics SRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, while the economic interests associated with Danube Logistics Holding BV’s shareholding in Danube Logistics SRL are shared with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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21.03.2019
MATHIAS VON TUCHER APPOINTED AS GENERAL DIRECTOR OF DANUBE LOGISTICS SRL

Danube Logistics Holding BV appointed Dr. Mathias von Tucher as the new general director of Danube Logistics SRL – the operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. Having served in managerial positions with Danube Logistics SRL for more than five years, Mathias von Tucher was promoted to the position of general director in March 2019. Before joining Danube Logistics SRL he has been the managing director of a major German engineering company and served in several managerial positions of BMW Group. Mathias von Tucher’s educational background includes a doctorate in business administration and economic geography, which he earned with distinction from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

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09.04.2019
First shipment of organic grain in bulk by ProGrain Organic

On 5th and 6th of April 2019 Danube Logistics operated the first time organic grain in bulk for its further transportation via Danube river on behalf of the Moldovan-Dutch venture ProGrain Organic, a resident of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

The organic soy beans originate from ProGrain Organic cultivations and were consolidated in its GMP certified warehouse in the business park area. The transshipment of soybeans was performed at the General Cargo terminal via a special large bunker, used for unloading the trucks carrying  the cargo from the warehouse and being further lifted by the port crane and emptied over the cargo holds of the ship.

The destination of the loaded 1,200 tons of organic soy beans is Austria. The transportation of organic grains upstream on the Danube to Central and Western Europe is a great business and environmental friendly opportunity

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01.12.2018
FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO MOLDOVA VISITS GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

Mr. Pascal Le Deunff, Ambassador of French Republic to Moldova paid an official visit to Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) where Dr. Mathias von Tucher, Operations Director of the port made a presentation of GIFP for the French Delegation, as well as dicussed the role of the port, as one of the most important multimodal logistics hubs for Moldova and the region.

During the tour of the port Mr. Le Deunff has visited the container and general cargo terminal, port’s business park, as well as the mixed-gauge rail terminal. Within the tour of the port Mr. Ambassador witnessed transshipment of coal from a maritime vessel to railway wagons, as well as noticed a lot of activity at port berths, which, meanwhile were all occupied by different type of maritime vessels.

In first 9 month of this year, GIFP has facilitated trade to more than 60 countries over the world and continues to develop into a reliable and cost-effective partner, both for moldovan and foreign business community.

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