Key supply and disposal functions in North Rhine-Westphalia must be secured

  • Operating processes are bundled by crisis unit

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization classified the spread of the COVID-19 virus as a global pandemic. The crisis unit at the Port of Duisburg has responded to the current worsening of the coronavirus crisis with a series of preventative measures that were initiated in coordination with the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and government authorities.

Similar to other companies, operational processes at the Port of Duisburg are also affected by the restrictions resulting from the hygiene and health measures.

“In view of this tense situation, the crisis unit is bundling the requirements and tasks from all areas of the company in order to minimize the negative impact on the port’s supply and disposal function for the entire North Rhine-Westphalia region,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. “Ensuring the integrity of our workforce is key to maintaining the port’s key functions,” Staake continues.

Therefore protecting the health of employees is the top priority of the crisis unit: Employees are regularly informed of the current situation and the recommendations released by government authorities and the Robert Koch Institute to protect the health and safety of the population.

No confirmed cases of infection thus far

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the duisport Group.


The main crisis unit measures at a glance:

Clear processes and contingency plans

Working with all divisions of the duisport Group, the crisis unit has defined binding processes that will trigger immediate contingency plans in the event that business operations are negatively affected, in order to minimize the impact on supply and disposal processes.

Identical hygiene regulations for all

The crisis unit also informs external partners that they must comply with the preventative health measures of the Port of Duisburg for incoming and outgoing deliveries of goods.

Reduction in business travel

Business travel by all employees of the duisport Group will be limited to essential travel until further notice.

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Duisburg, 16 January 2020 - DSV, one of the world’s leading logistics groups, will build a mega distribution cen-ter in logport VI.

The 40-hectare logistics park logport VI is a former indus-trial area that was developed by the duisport Group for companies that are active in the area of value-creating lo-gistics (contract logistics).

According to duisport's Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake, the goal is to generate many more workplaces than the 300 people that previously worked in paper pro-duction on this site.

Commissioning is expected to take place in the summer of 2021, with over 300 new workplaces created. The use concept provides for a land parcel of 12 hectares, which will initially feature a 56,000 square meter building with 76 dock doors.

The Denmark-based logistics group, which generates an-nual sales of EUR 15.8 billion, is a full-service provider of logistics services and also a leader in contract logistics. “This investment once more confirms our ability to provide our customers with the best economic environment as the leading logistics hub in central Europe,” says Erich Staake.

logport VI has been designed as a trimodal logistics areal with its own container terminal for optimum transport solu-tions. “We aim to provide our customers with sustainable competitive advantages in the Port of Duisburg and on the logport premises. Over 100 new companies have settled here in recent years, which underlines the attractiveness of our logistics concept,” says Erich Staake.

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