DFDS takes over GWM, provider of stevedoring in Ghent

DFDS has taken over GWM, the company providing operations, gate and tallying services for DFDS in Ghent. “We have been working with them for many years as they were already operating at the Mercatordok Multimodal Terminal for Volvo Group Logistics before DFDS took over the terminal,” says Sam De Wilde, Managing Director at DFDS Seaways NV.

Their history in Ghent goes back to 1890 when the municipality granted all rights for the weighing and measuring in the Port of Ghent to the ‘Municipal Sworn Weighers and Measurers’ – or in Dutch: Gezworen Wegers en Meters (GWM).

Whereas the original activity was mostly about weight and quantity estimations, their range of activities has grown significantly over the last 129 years. Today the 29 staff offer surveys (draught, barge, on/offhire, bunker- and hold conditions), tallying, supervision and operations (vessel operations, gate operations, damage reporting, inspections) as well as measuring, (sampling, temperature control, density checks ..).

Raf De Wit continues as Terminal Director
For DFDS, the main activity has been vessel operations, gate operations and tallying. Raf de Wit, the owner of the company, has been heading the operations at Mercatordok Multimodal Terminal for DFDS for many years, and now he officially becomes Terminal Director for Ghent for DFDS. He continues to report to Sam De Wilde.

Strategic fit
“GWM is a great fit for DFDS as we have worked well together for many years, and they already handle many of our activities. Additionally, we see a further growth potential in the other services offered to third party customers. It increases the broad range of services already offered by DFDS in Belgium and enables us to offer any service requested by our end customers ourselves,” says Sam De Wilde. “I welcome all the new colleagues to DFDS and look forward to working with them.”

Raf de Wit, previous owner of GWM, will continue as Terminal Director reporting to Sam de Wilde

July 3, 2019