Source: Dunaferr magazin 17.05.2017
Logistics Day 2017, DUNAÚJVÁROS
Interesting facts and attractions in the Port
Hungary joined Logistics Day, an initiative by the German Logistics Association (BVL), in 2012. The series of programmes is primarily aimed at providing information about the basic concept and elements of logistics for those interested. On Logistics Day this year (27 April) several programmes were held all over Hungary.
An Open Day was organized by ISD PORTOLAN Kft. in the port in Dunaújváros. The event was attended by students from two local high schools and by residents of the town working for different local companies. The first programme was a presentation held by Capt. Béla Szalma, President of the Federation of Hungarian Danube Ports: 'Ports and navigation'. The excellent presentation was full of new information for the audience, who were given a real insight into the inns and outs of navigation. As we learnt, the annual turnover of the Hungarian Danube ports is approximately 5.5 million tons; cca. one third of this volume is shipment of grain. The ports in Hungary are typically frequented by river units sailing under Romanian, German and Dutch flags. Navigability of the Danube, however, causes lots of headache for both forwarders and customers (extra costs, loss of planned income). For about one hundred days a year, only a limited number of river units is allowed to sail on the Danube or navigation is even banned as a whole. The Hungarian Danube section is 378 km long. There are twenty-one fords, twenty-eight narrow passes and six places where icing typically occurs, which does not make shippers' life easier at all. The issue including how to raise the required financial means for investments making navigation possible all the year round as well as how to measure/evaluate the effects of such investments on the environment has long been on the agenda. Regarding this, it was emphasized by Capt. Szalma, there are several good examples of effective and environment-friendly river management, maintaining a balance between the economy and the environment in Europe.
In his presentation Balázs Hlavacska, Water shipment representative of ISD PORTOLAN Kft. outlined how shipment by river and the relating logistical jobs are realized in the everyday business of a forwarding company. Among others, he touched upon topics like the classification of different river unit categories, required documentation/administration and the relating legal rules and regulations.
Next, Csaba Simon, Technical Manager of the port talked in detail about the port in Dunaújváros. The port, which has the biggest capacity in Hungary, is a so-called bay-type port. It has six berths and seven cranes. 80-90% of its capacity is used for performing services for ISD DUNAFERR Zrt, typically loading coke, coils, sheets and profiles. Last year there were 801 river units (vessels and barges) handled in the port. The annual loading capacity is 1.6 million tons - with today's two-shift working schedule; if operation in continuous shifts were introduced, then this volume could be increased. He concluded by saying that a comprehensive Feasibility study about the development of the port was made in 2015, which envisages the establishment of a covered loading area and the building of a 6,000 m2 large warehouse with cranes, both in the northern part of the port.
After the presentations the visitors saw a photo exhibition by Zsolt Németh and then were shown round on the territory of the port. They had first-hand experience about the operation of the port machinery and those brave enough were even allowed to climb up the cranes and get a view of the port from high above, from the crane operator's cabin.