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Fire in trailers in Gothenburg

*This article was published on 24 June. Updated with comments from MD Björn Wånge and pictures*

On Wednesday 24 June, a fire broke out in a trailer at the Gothenburg Terminal in Sweden.

Björn Wånge, Managing Director, says: “The fire started at around 16.00 CET and quickly spread to adjacent trailers, in the end destroying a total of 18 trailers. Luckily, no persons were injured. The fire brigade was at site from 16.00-02.00, however they had the fire under full control when I left at around 23.00. “

“The cooperation between DFDS and APM Terminals was very good, and they all handled the fire with good discipline and according to the checklist and established routines. The management would like to extend a thank you to the involved colleagues for well done work in connection with the fire” says Björn.

“All customers and employees have been informed. Now we will start to remove trailers and clean the surfaces, but first I want to ensure that the insurance surveyors have the information they need. There will be no further investigation according to the police.”

Traffic overload in Gothenburg RoRo disrupts operations

Unfortunately, the operation at the Gothenburg RoRo Terminal has been severely disrupted during recent weeks because of a many factors coinciding. This has disturbed the scheduled operations of vessels calling the terminal and  caused heavy delays and a huge imbalance between import and export volumes.

We have done everything in our power to manage the situation, but in spite of our joint efforts, we must now conclude that the situation has worsened and continues to cause major disruption to our customers’ business.

Unfortunately, this situation will continue over the week end into the coming week and we do not expect the service to be back in balance until after Easter.

The terminal is now holding more than 1.500 cargo units occupying every available slot which seriously slows down or even precludes cargo operations. Therefore, drastic measures are needed to normalize the operation as quickly as possible

Firstly we regretfully have to continue enforcing shorter or longer term refusal of export trailer units at the gate.

“Today we are forced to immediately implement such a refusal meaning that until further notice, we will not be able to accept export trailer units into the terminal unless specifically agreed in advance and only if at the same time an import unit is being picked up by the same truck unit,” says Björn Wånge, MD,  Gothenburg RoRo Terminal

“Secondly,  until 10 April we will unfortunately only be able to accept export units that are due for loading within 24 hours after delivery. “

“Thirdly,  we must urge our customers to arrange for as many import units as possible to be picked up from the terminal during the coming weekend and workdays before the Easter holidays.”

“We fully appreciate that none of the above extraordinary measures are welcomed by our customers, but we see no other options for bringing the operations back to normal as quickly as at all possible, but with the measures initiated, we hope to offer normalized operations after the Easter break.” says Björn.

DFDS logistics’ Arendal terminal in teambuilding event

Since 2012, the Gothenburg RoRo terminal has been implementing THE DFDS WAY to further improve cooperation and communication at the terminal and increase awareness about the terminal and our developments and strategies. And now, the programme is being offered to Logistics’ Arendal cross docking terminal, which we acquired from Volvo in 2015.  Therefore, Kasper Damgaard, VP in Training & Development, recently facilitated a teambuilding event for 45 employees from the terminal, and as usual, the event took place in the beautifully located Hindåsgården just outside Gothenburg.

The event offered group activities with mixed teams and offered games, a lovely dinner and an interesting fireplace session with Tobias Laurén, General Manager, and Niklas Andersson, VP of Logistics’ Nordic region who gave answers to all kinds of questions.

“It was fantastic event and I really enjoyed the open and enlightening dialogue. I think we all got a little bit wiser,” says Niklas Andersson.

“It is important that we keep growing together and as a company in order to keep moving in the right direction. This event comprised two very successful sessions, and it definitely met my expectations. Everyone was engaged, shared information and a lot of useful input was received which we now will use in our future work making the terminal an even better place for both customers and employees,” says Tobias Laurén.

Further sessions will take place during January and February.