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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Danube Logistics acquired a high capacity Fuchs material handler in order to expand the transshipment capacities of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.


The machine is equipped with various grabs and consequently can handle a wide range of different cargo including dry bulk such as gravel, sand, coal, various sorts of grain, general cargo such as big bags, and in addition new cargo categories such as scrap metal and larger stones.


With this material handler the transshipment capacity of the existing general cargo terminal will be increased, the product range of port services will be expanded and the operational flexibility will be enhanced. Clients are invited to contact us for more details.

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For now four years Danube Logistics releases the annual Carbon Footprint Report developed in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The newest Carbon Footprint Report sumps 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.


In 2019 the CO2e emissions per ton of cargo transshipped decreased for the fourth consecutive year in total by 14%. This decrease reflects the increasing transshipment volumes allowing a more emission efficient use of port facilities and port equipment. At the same the introduction of energy efficient measures, mainly the switch from conventional to LED based lighting technology, caused the reduction of electricity related emissions. Danube Logistics will continue to strive for further optimization and reduction of CO2e emissions.

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Giurgiulesti International Free Port continues to support Moldova’s international trade during the Coronavirus Pandemic

While following the recommended health and safety measures Danube Logistics SRL continues to operate Giurgiulesti International Free Port and its weekly container feeder service to Constanta South Container Terminal. Mathias von Tucher, the General Director of Danube Logistics SRL stated: “We continue to support the international trade of Moldovan companies during this challenging time. The unobstructed shipment of goods by maritime and river vessels is now more important than ever as trucking companies experience significant delays at international border crossings. In order to minimize the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic we operate Giurgiulesti International Free Port strictly according to the recommendations of the Government and of the World Health Organization.”

In 2019 Giurgiulesti International Free Port facilitated the export of primarily agricultural products to 44 different countries and the import of oil products, coal, fertilizer, construction material and other goods from 27 countries.

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On 23 January 2020 the Prime Minister of the Rep. of Moldova, Ion Chicu, together with a delegation of government representatives visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port. General Director Mathias von Tucher and Deputy General Director Ala Aydov presented the positive development of port activities and the increase of annual transshipment volumes up to almost 1.1m tons of cargo last year.


The management had the opportunity to discuss with the Prime Minister in-depth the challenges of further development of the port and to explain the future expansion plans which include the construction of a new multi-purpose dry and general cargo berth that allows for calling of vessels with the maximum draft permissible on the Danube river. During the site tour the Prime Minister also discussed with representatives of Danube Oil Company and ProGrain Organic, both of them being residents of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port area.


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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