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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.”

Challenging situation in the Gothenburg Terminal

The Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal will be hit by loss of business during the Covid-19 crisis. As the trade union, in contrast to other employees in Sweden, refuses to go on leave based on the Swedish Short- Time Work Allowance, management has no alternative to starting negotiations on staff reductions to bring the terminal through the Covid-19 crisis.

The Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal in Sweden will also be hit by a Covid-19 reduction in volumes. However, the terminal’s management team is facing a challenging situation as the negotiations about the Short- Time Work Allowance failed.

“Both Sweden, the terminal and our many customers are in an extremely difficult situation. To mitigate the consequences for us and our customers, and to bring the terminal safely through the crisis, we have had a dialogue with our trade union Transportarbetarförbundet in order to temporarily adjust staff in the terminal to the lower workload and at the same time maintain the flexibility of staffing we need to serve ships that depend on weather and wind,” says Björn Wånge, Managing Director of Gothenburg Ro-Ro.

Paid short-term leave in accordance with the Swedish Short- Time Work Allowance has been positively received by employees of many Swedish companies and is seen as an opportunity to jointly help companies and workplaces through the crisis, without permanently damaging the company and employment. Employees get more than 90% of their salary during the leave.

“However, in spite of long negotiations, we failed to reach an agreement on temporary leave for our workers. Therefore, we see no other option than to begin negotiations for termination due to shortage of work. It is a very sad situation, which I regret very much, but we are simply left without any alternatives,” says Björn.

Eva Nilsson retires after 50 years in Port of Gothenburg

Eva Nilsson will retire after a long and devoted career in the port. She started out as a switch-board operator in the summer of 1969. Just like the song by Bryan Adams, she is still like music to work with!

Eva has been a part of the Port of Gothenburg for more than 50 years and has taken many opportunities to contribute to its success. She has held positions in HR, office administration and technical departments.

In 1990 she became a proud mother and after two kids she returned in 1994. She then met new challenges in purchasing and mobile communications. In 2010 she moved to the part of the port which DFDS now controls through a concession agreement. Since then her responsibilities also included protective clothing and a small on-site boutique, which is now a popular web portal.

Eva is always very thoughtful and one step ahead, solving problems before we even knew they existed! Still with a curious mindset, like she’s fresh out of school, we are sure she will embrace retirement with her warm smile and handle her grandchildren just as well as she has handled us.

 

On behalf of the staff at Port of Gothenburg: We will miss you – good luck, Eva!

Mats Nilsson, Finance Manager, Gothenburg

Swedish logistics hauliers meet with DFDS

In Gothenburg, 16 haulier companies and other partners in Sweden met with DFDS to share knowledge and work together to serve customers.

 

It is very important to remain close with haulier companies and other partners that we work with in Logistics. For this reason, 16 hauliers, planners and self-billing partners were invited to a lunch meeting on 29 January at Arken Hotel in Gothenburg.

More than just a good meal in great company, the meeting aimed to ensure that our partners remain informed about what we are doing and also to ensure that we discuss developments together.

Mathias Dahlström, Managing Director of Sweden, spoke of DFDS in general, the DFDS Way and our Swedish Logistics organisation. “The meeting sparked discussions about how we can do even better together and what practical challenges we expect to face because of Brexit, including customs clearance. It was encouraging for everyone to hear how prepared we are and to get details about what we have done.”

Alice Rrucaj and Simon Allen from PrimeRevenue were also invited to speak about the benefits of early payments, which several of the participating hauliers spoke highly about.

Haulage Procurement Manager in Logistics Sweden, Anneli Hellgren, says: “We spent three enjoyable hours together, and though the busy times prevented everybody from being there, we appreciate the great support. We expect and hope that more hauliers will join in with PrimeRevenue and early payments, as it makes lives easier for both parties, since they get paid for services much quicker, and it also streamlines things for us.”


New CFO visits Gothenburg

As part of the Executive Management Team’s visit to Gothenburg this week, the team was invited to see Volvo’s high-tech truck models – here seen with DFDS’ CFO Karina Deacon at the steering wheel.

Karina Deacon, our new CFO, is busy visiting various DFDS locations as well as meeting and getting to know our colleagues and businesses. This week offered an excellent opportunity to do this as the Executive Management Team placed one of their regular meetings in Gothenburg. The visit also included participation in the One-DFDS initiative which Morgan Olausson of Ferry and Niklas Andersson of Logistics had initiated to bring managers from all our Gothenburg activities together to discuss how they can support each other and work together to grow business. The day even included a visit to Volvo where the EMT members got a first-hand impression of Volvo Truck’s high-tech models –  as shown on the picture with Karina at the steering wheel.

On Tuesday, Karina had organized one-to-one meetings with Morgan Olausson, Mathias Dahlström, Head of Sweden International, Logistics, and Jeppe Skivild, Finance Manager Sweden.

On Tuesday, there was also a small bonus:  A tour of Hollandia Seaways that was in port during the visit.

“It was a pleasure to meet so many of my new colleagues and experience the dedication and professionalism with which people go about their work. Thank you to everyone in Gothenburg for your kind hospitality and for making the visit a very good experience,” says Karina

Hollandia named in Gothenburg

“I name you Hollandia Seaways”. It was a glorious moment, on top of a fantastic event, when Godmother Ragna Alm, wife of Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, officially named our newest addition to the fleet, Hollandia Seaways.

Just before the release of the traditional bottle, Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of Ferry Division and Morgan Olausson, VP and Head of BU North Sea North, had given speeches welcoming guests who came to celebrate Hollandia and thanking Ragna for making this naming ceremony a very proud moment in DFDS’ history.

And as Peder Gellert noted in his speech, the naming does not only mean the conclusion of years of planning and construction work, it also signifies a new beginning where Hollandia can create value and growth for DFDS, our customers and in and around Gothenburg and Ghent.

At the following traditional lunch, which with the kind assistance of Volvo took place in the nearby Volvo Museum, Ragna Alm handed the coin, that was placed in the keel of the newbuilding when the construction started, to Captains Robin Gustafsson and Bjarne Sunesen to bring luck to all who board the ferry in the future. After the lunch guests were invited on a tour around the mega freight ferry and as you can see on the pictures, there was plenty of room for all.

DFDS enters into space charter agreements with CLdN on Gothenburg-Zeebrugge

Peder Gellert Pedersen

In June 2019, DFDS opened a freight ferry route between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Zeebrugge, Belgium, that currently deploys three freight ferries offering five weekly departures in each direction.

However, in order to optimise capacity utilisation and reduce the environmental impact, DFDS has entered into two mutual space charter agreements with CLdN that also operates a freight ferry route between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge.

The space charter agreements entail that capacity is shared between route operators while all commercial activities remain entirely under the control of each operator.

“We are very pleased to announce our new space charter agreements. The flexibility of the agreements entails that we reduce the environmental footprint while offering a total of ten weekly departures in each direction on our two routes between Sweden and Belgium to support trade and the growth of our customers”, says Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President, DFDS Group, and Head of Ferry Division.

The space charter agreements are expected to start on 1 January 2020. When the agreements are fully implemented, DFDS and CLdN are each expected to deploy one freight ferry on their respective routes between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge. In addition, DFDS operates a route between Gothenburg and Ghent in Belgium.

DFDS expects in Q2 2020 to replace the three freight ferries currently deployed on Gothenburg-Zeebrugge with one mega freight ferry newbuilding that can carry 6,700 lane metres of freight per departure. The ferries that are replaced are expected to be deployed elsewhere in DFDS’ European route network.

New pink labels make a difference

Logistics Contracts in Gothenburg made a colour change in labels for goods arriving and supported the fight against breast cancer with donations to Pink Ribbon. From left: Cristopher Fagerlund, Malin Malmhage and Victor Nilsson have been part of the project to improve the visibility of the special labels while supporting the Pink Ribbon campaign.

 

If you want something to be noticed, consider making it pink. This was one of the thoughts behind a simple but effective change in labels for goods arriving at Logistics Contracts in Gothenburg.

A task force was recently established to find improvements for labelling arriving goods. The idea of changing the colour from casual white was one of the actions that came out of the first meeting. The new colour was to be pink and the test batch happened to be delivered in October, appropriately enough, given the Pink Ribbon campaign running through the month.

Victor Nilsson, Group Manager for Export in Customer Service, says: “We saw this as an opportunity to do something good, both for operational purposes and for charity, so we took to fundraising in order to raise awareness of the Pink Ribbon campaign. In two whole working days (22 and 23 October) we donated an amount for every arriving shipment, which were all given the pink labels to announce the campaign.”

Victor adds: “We cannot say the reason we ended up with pink for this test among all the other colours, but maybe it’s to do with the historical meaning. According to the Pink Ribbon it’s a symbol of awareness and support. These are also key factors for our search for development and improvement every day.”

In case you wonder how you can contribute to cancer research, please find a local charity to donate to and help us spread the word.

Report from To BEE in DFDS – Gothenburg

Here you can see the brood in the middle of this honeycomb and honey in the corners at the top.

The bees on the top of the roof at the DFDS Logistics office in Gothenburg are doing very well.

Hans Forsberg, Planner Logistics – Automotive Desk, says: “Since we brought our bees here in early May, they have grown to be healthy and also found a lot of good flowers with nectar and pollen. By bringing bees into the Skandiahamnen area, we have contributed to more pollination of flowers in the neighbourhood and hopefully, and most certainly, there will be more flowers next year. In addition, our bees have made life and surviving easier for other pollinating insects in the area.”

“Our plans for the next few months are to harvest honey and start preparing for winter. In our next report we will tell you how much honey our bees in Gothenburg have made and give a status on our bee hives in Karlshamn. We are very thankful that everything has gone so well so far.”

 

Freesia back from Remontowa Shiprepair Yard

Freesia Seaways in Gothenburg, Sweden

All flowers need careful tending in order to blossom, and that applies to flowers made of metal as well. Last Sunday, one of our six flower vessels, Freesia Seaways, came back from a 12-day dry-dock stay at the Remontowa Shiprepair Yard in Gdańsk, Poland.

Superintendent Albert Lars-Olof says: “In addition to the usual maintenance of the machinery and systems, a hull inspection including cleaning and repairing was carried out, to make Freesia sail more smoothly through the water and to save fuel. She was also rebranded with the modern DFDS logo.”

Martin Larsson, Traffic Manager in Gothenburg, has just shared some amazing drone photos of a fully-loaded Freesia back in business, just arriving outside Gothenburg Terminal.

Northbound Gothenburg – Zeebrugge ferry utilises empty Stora Enso Container Units

A problem turned into a win as the Stora Enso Container Units are used both ways, opening up for new northbound volume.

 

It is always great to see challenges and problems turn into opportunities and wins at DFDS. In such a way, a problem of sorts arose with the return trip for the empty Stora Enso Container Units (SECUs), which are customised for carrying paper reels from Gothenburg to Zeebrugge, and were previously returned empty to Gothenburg.

But minds and hands were not idle. The new route between Zeebrugge and Gothenburg gives DFDS and customers a unique solution to load the empty northbound SECUs with all kinds of palletised cargo, paper, steel and other industrial cargo, two to three full trailers worth and up to 80 tonnes.

“We are now adapting the warehouse in Gothenburg not only for steel coils, special cargo and RDF handling, but also cross-docking cargo from SECU to trailers and road trains,” says David Wallgren, Operations Manager of Shipping Logistics & Special Cargo in the Ferry Division.


“We hope this setup will attract new volume to the route. We know the solution is very efficient and it helps forwarders and industrial customers ease the imbalance in the corridor, while we avoid shipping empty units.”

Spring race in Gothenburg with enthusiastic DFDS attendance and sponsorship

The Spring race in Gothenburg was well-attended by female DFDS employees from several divisions, and the participating men from DFDS made sure that the runners had food and drink.

 

On May 8, 62 participants from all DFDS divisions in Gothenburg participated in a race for women called “Vårruset” (spring race) in central Gothenburg. It is a 5-kilometre race, and you can choose to run, power walk or just take a slow stroll while talking to your colleagues and friends. In that way everyone can participate in five kilometres of joy! The race is organised to sponsor the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund, an important organisation that works to ensure that affected children, teens and their families receive the care and support they need.

The Spring race takes place in 21 cities around Sweden from Malmö to Luleå. DFDS sponsored the race in Gothenburg and had an event at the finish line for all the participants from DFDS. The ladies ran or walked, and the DFDS gentlemen prepared the barbecue in our DFDS tent. The event was highly appreciated by all the employees, and it was amazing to join Ferry, Logistics, the Gothenburg ro-ro terminal, Contracts and Services at the same event.

Niklas Andersson, Vice President, Logistics & Head of Nordic; Mathias Dahlström, Director Sweden International, and Henrik Ageflod, General Manager, Logistics Services – by the grill preparing all the food for the hungry runners.

“For me, our purpose ‘We move for all to grow’ partly means that we are a good employer and that we take care of our people. Initiatives such as this one make that visible and substantial,” says Niklas.

Morgan Olausson, Vice President, BU North Sea North, took care of the bar and handed out much needed refreshments to the thirsty participants.


Some of the participating runners next to the DFDS tents.

Martin Larsson celebrates 50th birthday

Last Friday, Martin Larsson, traffic manager, celebrated his 50th birthday with his family. Today, Monday 13 May, it was his colleagues’ turn to congratulate him and celebrate in the Ferry Division’s office in Gothenburg.

“Martin has been with us for more than 25 years, and I wasn’t surprised to see that captains from three vessels joined the celebration as he is extremely well known and respected for his great work planning operations for the vessels,” says Per Nordvang, operations director and Martin’s manager. “Martin always keeps a cool head, even when things don’t go as planned. With his capabilities, experience and knowledge of our operations, he is an extremely valued member of our team. And in addition to this he has a great personality, so we all look forward to working with Martin for many years to come. We wish him all the best and a very happy birthday.”

Thank you to Per Nordvang for sending the picture through. The editors also congratulate Martin warmly on his birthday and wish him all the best for the future – and look forward to continuing to get stories and news from him about our Gothenburg operation.

One sales cooperation for the Belgium – Sweden corridor

The Belgian-Swedish Ferry and Logistics teams met in Gothenburg to introduce One Sales initiatives for the Belgium-Sweden transport corridor

DFDS aims to improve sales through the so-called One Sales concept, in which colleagues from the Ferry Division and Logistics Division team up to improve and gain new business through a joint approach. “By doing it together, and visiting customers where this approach is relevant together, there will only be one point of contact with a customer, and we can reap the benefits of our combined experiences, capabilities and knowledge about industries and markets. We can even suggest solutions that are automatically coordinated as they include both ferry and logistics services,” says David Forsberg, Sales Director of the Ferry Division in Gothenburg.

Geert Liefhooghe, Managing Director of the Logistics Division in Belgium, says: “We already had some One Sales meetings between divisions in Belgium to combine our forces, define our approach to One Sales and to set up a model and a One Sales presentation that we could use for joint customer visits.

“In March during a visit to the Logistics office in Gothenburg, together with Lars Eriksson – Sales Manager of the Logistics Division in Sweden – we concluded that it would be worthwhile joining up with the Swedish and Belgian Ferry and Logistics organisations. The Swedish organisation were the first to roll out the One Sales concept – to see how we can help each other to become more successful in the Belgium – Sweden transport corridor and extend One Sales cooperation across borders. We decided to set up an SOP with a clear account team according to the expectations of the customers and the conditions for customer selection,” he says.

Cross-border workshops continue in Sweden: Logistics and Ferry cooperation stronger than ever

Gothenburg, 27 March: Another successful workshop was held for Logistics and Ferry management teams. Niklas Andersson, VP and Head of Logistics for Nordic and Continental Business Units, seen giving a presentation with Karolina Landin, Head of HR, Nordics & Baltics.

 

On 27 March, Gothenburg hosted a cross-divisional and cross-border workshop with around 40 participants from the Logistics and Ferry management teams. This is part of an initiative started last year to increase cooperation between divisions and to find and exploit the major unutilised synergies by working better together.

Morgan Olausson, VP, BU North Sea North, and Niklas Andersson, VP and Head of Logistics for Nordic and Continental Business Units, are strong supporters of this direction. “By sharing knowledge and experience, working closer together and acting as one undivided DFDS towards more customers and markets, we can find opportunities we didn’t see before and work much more efficiently,” says Niklas.

Everyone engaged in energetic discussions and knowledge sharing and contributed to making the workshop very successful. Next step will be to put together concrete activities or to start a joint project. In June there will be a conference to follow up and continue the good work.

“This is an ongoing teamwork and I am confident we can accomplish much more together in this extended management team,” Niklas adds.

Logistics finance business partners meet in Gothenburg to share tools and best practice

Gothenburg hosting: On 27 and 28 March Logistics finance business partners engaged in valuable and forward-moving collaboration.

 

On 27 and 28 March, finance people from nearly all Logistics locations, Poznań and Divisional Finance met in Gothenburg to improve collaboration, prioritise tasks, share knowledge, experience and tools – and to simply get to know each other better.

“Bringing the Logistics finance people together has been on my wish list for quite some time and now we finally got here,” says Anne Rømer, VP and Divisional CFO for Logistics. “Since DFDS established the finance service centre in Poznań, it has been on the agenda to develop the finance business partner community and we are taking a big step forward on this journey as a result of these two days. Many Logistics locations have just one or a few finance people so building a strong network between the offices is needed for us to move forward.”

An important outcome of the meeting will be development of the finance business partner toolbox which will allow us to get more value out of all the data we have available. The toolbox consists of reports from Business Intelligence, Tableau and BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) from internal and external sources.

Eddie Green, EVP of Logistics, expressed his support for the meeting. “Having strong business partners to spar with and support our managing directors is essential to ensure we have a robust business and, as our strategy develops and the solutions offered to our customers become more complex, the role will become even more important. The involvement of the business partners in everyday issues and new business initiatives helps us make better decisions. It’s great to see the team come together.”

 

Joakim Eneroth, business partner for Logistics in Sweden, said: “We are very proud of hosting the first finance business partner meeting outside Copenhagen. Sharing knowledge, experience and tools with each other is how we continue to take the next step.”

Birgitte Kjærsgaard, Director of Training & Development, said: “Growing business partnering skills is much more than understanding facts and applying their value to contribute to our business development; it is building relationships, it is growing communication skills and daring to get out of the comfort zone to challenge the local senior management to make even better decisions. This starts with the focus on personal development. Personally, I am also extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn so much. From HR we also need to partner up to understand the business – and this group is a goldmine of knowledge!”

Peace in Gothenburg: Industrial dispute is over

This is probably the best news, which Björn Wånge, MD of the Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal has had in a long time: The industrial dispute between the Port Workers Union and Ports of Sweden ended yesterday at 18:00, and the workers are back to work again.

The parties have agreed on new terms, which means they will work according to the collective agreements made with the transport workers union and the Ports of Sweden association. The agreement includes a so-called peace agreement which obliges the parties to refrain from industrial disputes as long as the parties honour the agreement.

“This is really, really good news. Our customers and the terminal have suffered under the many strikes and lockouts that came in response to the strikes, and there was nothing we could do about it locally. We are now back on full capacity and can focus fully on servicing our customers and deliver the services they should be able to expect in a world where time becomes ever more important and delays ever more unacceptable. It is now time to look forward and hope all parties take their responsibility to make Gothenburg RoRo Terminal a truly flexible and efficient terminal that can meet the everyday expectations from our customers,” he says.

Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal strike: Notice of Lockout

Sveriges Hamner (Swedish Ports) have given notice of Lockout to Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union). The notice includes salary deduction on free days, ban on overtime, ban on new employees (use of Blixt) outside ordinary working schedules and ban on use of manning company on overtime.

The notice starts on 6 March and is valid until 31 July and does only concern members from Hamnarbetarförbundet.

The notice of Lockout is sanctioned by The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises and the industry.

All Swedish ports are obliged to follow the notice of Lockout.

Below the notices of Strikes that we have received from HF:

  • On Wednesday 27 February, strike notice is for 04.00-06.00
  • Thursday 28 February, strike notice is for 13.00–15.30 + 21.00–23.00
  • Sunday 3 March, strike notice is for 06.00–13.00 + 18.15–22.15
  • Monday 4 March, strike notice is for 04.00–10.00 + 20.00–23.45
  • Tuesday 5 March, strike notice is for 08.00-12.00 + 16.00-20.00

Notice of strikes in Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal continues

The dispute between Sveriges Hamnar (Swedish Ports) and Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union) about the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement parallel to the one with the Transport Workers Union is still ongoing.

Björn Wånge, Managing Director, says: “Unfortunately the union Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union) turned down the mediators’ proposal already on Monday instead of waiting until the stipulated timeframe on Wednesday 20 February at 14.00.
The Swedish Ports have withdrawn all Lockouts for this and next week, meaning that we only have to deal with the strikes. I have now received new notices of strikes for Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal.“

Notice of strikes going forward:

Week 8
On Tuesday 19 February between 13.00-16.00

On Thursday 21 February between 13.00-15.00

On Friday the 22 February between 04.45-08.45

Week 9
On Wednesday 27 February between 04.00-06.00

On Thursday the 28 February 13.00-15.30 and between 21.00-23.00

Further strike warnings for Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal and Karlshamn on February 20, 21 and 22

The dispute between Sveriges Hamnar (Swedish Ports) and Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union) about the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement parallel to the one with the Transport Workers Union is continuing with further strike warnings. The strike situation now looks like this:

Gothenburg:

The strikes at the Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal are (this) set to take place on Sunday 17, Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 February (note no warning for Wednesday 20).

  • On Sunday 17 February, strike notice is for 14:00 to 18:00, and as the counter measure is a lock-out, it means that the terminal will be closed for business from 14:00 to midnight.
  • On Monday 18 February, the strike notice is from 4:45 to 8:45, and with lock-out, it will be closed from 4:45 to midnight.
  • On Tuesday 19 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out, it will be closed from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Thursday 21 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 15:00 and with lock-out it will be closed from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Friday 22 February, strike notice is for 04:45 to 08:45 and SH will as a counter measure lockout between 04:45 to midnight.

The gate in Gothenburg RoRo Terminal will however be open, so customers can drop off and pick up cargo.

“We very much regret the effect the strikes have on our customers’ business, and we are working closely with our customers to mitigate the effects, among other things, through daily meetings,” says  Björn Wånge, Managing Director, Gothenburg Ro-Ro

Karlshamn:

  • On Tuesday 19 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out for workers from dock workers union from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Wednesday 20 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out for workers from dock workers union from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Thursday 21 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out for workers from dock workers union from 13:00 to midnight.

 

“Our Karlshamn service will not be closed. The gate will still be open and 2-3 dock workers outside Hamnarbetarförbundet will be working, so we expect to be able to service most customers without them noticing delays,” says Per-Henrik Persson, Route Director.

New strike warnings for Gothenburg Ro-Ro for 17 to 19 February

MD Björn Wånge and his team are informing their customers about the strike notice for the Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal and with them planning for handling the situation in the best possible way.

The dispute between Sveriges Hamnar (Swedish Ports) and Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union) continues. The dispute is about the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement (Swedish ports already have one with the Swedish Transport Workers Union).

“Mediators are trying to find solutions that can be accepted by both parties, but so far the Dock Workers Union have turned down all proposal, and the parties have now been called to meetings with the mediators during Thursday and Friday,” says Björn Wånge, MD of Gothenburg Ro-Ro.

In spite of the ongoing mediations, several ports, including the Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal, have received new strike notices.

The new strikes at the Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal are set to take place on Sunday 17,  Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February.

On Sunday 17 February, strike notice is for 14:00 to 18:00, and as the counter measure is a lock-out, it means that the terminal will be closed for business from 14:00 to midnight.

On Monday 18 February, the strike notice is from 4:45 to 8:45, and with lock-out, it will be closed from 4:45 to midnight.

On Tuesday 19 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out, it will be closed from 13:00 to midnight.

“We are informing our customers about this and together with them planning for handling the situation in the best possible way,” says Björn.

Strike looming in Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal on Sunday and Monday and in Karlshamn from today

As we have previously reported, there is an on-going dispute between the port workers union in Swedish Dockworkers Union (Hamnarbetarförbundet), and the ports’ association Svenska Hamnar about the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement (Swedish ports already have a CBA with the Swedish Transport Workers Union).

Due to on-going negotiations, there were no open conflicts until now. Unfortunately, this seems to end now as a solution that was accepted by Swedish Ports was turned down by the Dockworkers Union. Due to this there is now a strike warning for Gothenburg Ro-Ro (and other selected ports ), and as the strike warning is followed by a lock-out from Swedish Ports, this means that Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal will be closed for business on Sunday 27 January from 14:00 until midnight and Monday 28 January from 14:00 until midnight. The gate in Gothenburg RoRo Terminal will however be open, so customers can drop off and pick up cargo.

“We regret this very much and are planning meetings with our customers to see how we can best mitigate the consequences on our services,” says Björn Wånge, MD of Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal.

Karlshamn to be affected from today
The strike and lock-out will also affect the handling of unaccompanied trailers in Karlshamn from 23 January 09.30 – midnight and 24 January from 09.30 to midnight. On 25 January, it will affect our operation from 12:00 until midnight.

Driver accompanied traffic and passengers will not be effected. Unaccompanied traffic/trailers will have a reduced capacity ranging from 30-70 % per day.

“We will be able to arrange moorings so the ship will be able to arrive and depart, however with reduced capacity for the unaccompanied trailers,” says Per-Henrik Persson, Route Director.

He does not expect that operation in Kapellskär will be affected.

 

One more bomb from WW2 to be removed at the Port of Kiel

We are in the middle of construction work at the Port of Kiel to extend the terminal area to accommodate additional trailers and support our customers growth and future requirements. Last December during the construction work, the on-site crew detected an unexploded bomb dating back to World War 2, in which the authorities successfully removed.

Philipp Mayworm, General Manager, Customer Service, says: “The construction crew have once again found an unexploded bomb from World War 2 in the area. Just like last time, the authorities have acted quickly and plan to evacuate a chosen area of the terminal while they remove the bomb. “

The map shows the area which will be evacuated when a bomb from WW2 is to be removed from the terminal.

Preparing for Brexit – training all personnel in Gothenburg

In order to be prepared for different scenarios regarding Brexit, Anneli Hellgren, Haulage Procurement Manager, has coordinated a local Brexit group tasked with keeping our colleagues in Gothenburg informed and running staff training to prepare for Brexit.

In early December, the group underwent its first customs training in Gothenburg facilitated by Patrik Andreasson, General Manager of Customs. The Customs Department updated on the service they will be able to offer to Logistics and its customers and what they must be aware of when it comes to customs procedures, authorisations and classifications of goods. This information is susceptible to change every day, so the Brexit group will meet every other week to remain updated. It reports to Mathias Dahlström, Director, Sweden International.

They will have this training on four occasions with small groups to enable everyone to ask questions and discuss the matter thoroughly. The next step for the group is to record the work in processes that can be reproduced and make sure that the preparation for Brexit is included in the cooperation between customers, Logistics and customs.