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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28.06.2021
EBRD details investment in Giurgiuleşti International Free Port

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has published the details of its investment in Moldova’s Giurgiuleşti International Free Port (Giurgiuleşti Port), one of the country’s key strategic assets.

 

The EBRD’s support for the project started in 1995, when it provided a US$ 27.5 million financing package, comprising debt and equity, to Terminal S.A., a joint entity that had entered into a concession agreement with the government of Moldova to construct and operate Giurgiulești Port.

 

The EBRD’s engagement continued with a series of complex financial restructurings to help the project overcome a number of difficulties, including the withdrawal of original investors. Since 2014, the port operator now called Danube Logistics SRL, its Dutch parent and, indirectly, the EBRD have been subject to various actions.

 

To safeguard port operations and to safeguard and protect its financial interests, the EBRD became the sole ultimate legal owner of the operator of Giurgiulești Port on 7 May 2021. Through its acquisition, the EBRD aims to support the port’s continued operation and will seek to attract international investors to support and develop this key infrastructure asset.

 

The EBRD is owned by 69 countries – including Moldova – as well as the European Union and the European Investment Bank. With cumulative investments of €1.4 billion in the country to date, the EBRD is the largest institutional investor in Moldova.

 

Source: https://www.ebrd.com/news/2021/ebrd-details-investment-in-giurgiuleti-international-free-port.html

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19.05.2021
EBRD takes over operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) acquired 100 per cent of the capital of the Danube Logistics Group of companies on 7 May 2021.

 

The EBRD thereby became the sole ultimate owner of Danube Logistics SRL, the operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The change in ownership was registered by the relevant court in Moldova on 18 May 2021.

 

Through its acquisition, the EBRD aims to promote a continuation of the successful operation and development of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and will seek to attract international investors to further support and develop the port.

 

The EBRD has supported the construction and operation of Giurgiulesti International Free Port since 1995 and in 2013 replaced Credit Suisse as the primary economic beneficiary of the operation of the port following the refinancing of Danube Logistics’ outstanding loans by Credit Suisse.

 

As the port’s owner the EBRD expects the prompt fulfilment of all outstanding investment obligations stipulated in the Host Investment Agreement of 2004 signed between Danube Logistics, Bemol Refinery and Bemol Retail so as to benefit and boost the economic development of Moldova.

 

The EBRD is owned by 69 countries – including Moldova – as well as the European Union and the European Investment Bank. With cumulative investment of €1.4 billion in the country to date, the EBRD is the largest foreign investor in Moldova.

 

Source:  https://www.ebrd.com/news/2021/ebrd-takes-over-operator-of-giurgiulesti-international-free-port.html

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11.05.2021
CO2e EMISSIONS PER TON OF CARGO FURTHER DECREASED IN 2020

Danube Logistics presents already the fifth release of its annual Carbon Footprint Report developed in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. As in previous years the Carbon Footprint Report sums up and analyses the CO2 and CO2 equivalent emissions (CO2e) resulting from last year’s business activities of Danube Logistics at the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

 

While in 2020 the total CO2e emissions increased by 5.4% compared to 2019, the CO2e emissions per ton of cargo transshipped further decreased by 3.8% compared to the previous year. This decrease reflects a more emission efficient use of port facilities and port equipment at increasing transshipment volumes and despite extensive use of fuel for transportation of material from dredging works. Overall, over the last five years the major drivers for the reduction of CO2e emissions per ton of cargo transshipped were the increased efficiency due to the volume increase and the replacement of conventional lighting with LED technology. Danube Logistics will continue to seek for further optimization potential in order to reduce CO2e emissions.

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22.03.2021
EBRD seeks to safeguard operations of Moldova’s Giurgiulesti port

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is enforcing rights under its financing and security documents with regards to Danube Logistics Holding BV’s shareholding in Danube Logistics SRL (Danube Logistics), the operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port in the Republic of Moldova.

 

The EBRD’s enforcement action, which commenced on 18 March 2021, aims to ensure the uninterrupted operations and ongoing expansion of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and to safeguard the EBRD’s financial interests in the project.

 

The EBRD is seeking to prevent any attempt at redirecting funds out of Danube Logistics as a result of the external administration imposed on the company, due to concerns that it will put the company in severe financial difficulties.

 

The action is in response to the decision by a Moldovan bailiff on 25 February to appoint an external administrator of the assets of Danube Logistics, following a disputed claim against one of Danube Logistics Holding BV’s ultimate beneficiaries.

 

The EBRD considers this appointment an interference with the running of the company, having a direct negative impact on its ability to continue to operate and repay its debts, as well as conflicting with EBRD’s legitimate interests as a lender holding security over the shares in Danube Logistics and as an economic beneficiary of those shares.

 

The EBRD has supported Danube Logistics’ development of Giurgiulesti International Free Port since 2005. As of today, the EBRD is Danube Logistics’ largest creditor as well as the main beneficiary of Danube Logistics Holding BV’s shareholding in Danube Logistics.

 

Giurgiulesti International Free Port is the Republic of Moldova’s only sea-river port located on the river Danube. On average, the port facilitates the international trade of Moldovan companies with more than 50 countries every year.

 

Source: https://www.ebrd.com/news/2021/ebrd-seeks-to-safeguard-operations-of-moldovas-giurgiulesti-port.html

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