Air Force a guest in the Port of Duisburg
Duisburg, 22.04.2016 | Delegation of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) obtains information on security issues in the Port of Duisburg / duisport Group introduces security management / Focus on occupational safety
A delegation from the German Air Force, Air Operation Center division, visited the Port of Duisburg as part of a continuing education event in order to obtain information about the duisport Group’s security management system. First Sergeant Michael Pollmann was accompanied by Bundeswehr experts in occupational safety, environmental protection and dangerous goods, as the excursion through the Port of Duisburg led to an intensive dialogue about security-related issues in the group.
Christian Negele, Manager Compliance & Security Management at duisport, noted that the Executive Board of Duisburger Hafen AG has created a central department for managing security issues, which focuses not only on occupational safety but also air security and port security. Comprehensive coordination activities have become an indispensable requirement in view of the company's diverse business fields, which span the segments Infra and Superstructure, Logistics Services and Packaging Logistics. In addition to external security engineers and e.g. dangerous goods representatives, duisport is also training its own employees to address the steady increase in security requirements.
During a visit to the packaging logistics company duisport packaging logistics GmbH (dpl), which packs and transports goods and objects of all sizes, Negele explained that the company has systematically expanded its security portfolio to meet its own objectives, but also due to requests from customers. For example, dpl is a Regulated Agent accredited by the Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrtbundesamt); it can designate air cargo as “secure” and package it on location so that no additional actions are needed at the departure airport. In addition, AEO status holders also enjoy benefits when it comes to the processing of shipments through customs, and can also process maritime vessels at the installed ISPS facility. All measures are carried out with the objective of guaranteeing a secure supply chain.
As regards the issue of occupational safety, all participants agreed that this is a daily responsibility for all of the parties involved, which cannot be delegated to a few individuals in charge. Accident prevention is a high priority for both the Bundeswehr and duisport. The Air Force gave an account of global assignments designed to increase the occupational safety of the soldiers.
To conclude, Mr. Negele noted that awareness of safety among his colleagues and management has increased steadily, and that significant progress has been made in recent years. At the same time, companies must always scrutinize their activities and must continue to develop such measures to protect people and the environment, as well as the customer's goods.