Europe, Middle East and Africa
03 June 2020
On the ocean
Based on the forecasts received from OEM’s we continue to see a substantial drop in volumes compared to normal operations. We are now seeing most factories in Europe re-opening. However, production is starting at very low levels and we are still lacking a proper production overview of units to be shipped. Therefore, the number of sailings from Europe have been reduced to match volume forecasts. This will continue to put existing standard performance levels and metrics temporarily on hold.
In ports and terminals
Operations: All our regular ports of call in Europe, including our terminals in Zeebrugge, Southampton and stevedoring in Bremerhaven, are open and operational.
Health Care: Our terminals have incorporated WHO and other similar guidelines in line with the countries in which they operate. While these may vary, staff continue to share and adopt best practices on how to keep people safe and facilities clean.
At our processing centres
Zeebrugge: Our vehicle processing centre remain open and operational. Hours of operation remain the same and staff is equipped with safety materials to prevent exposure.
Dubai: Our vehicle processing centre remain open and operational. Staff is continuing to work closely with customers to support increased storage requirements.
South Africa: We remain operational at processing facilities and rail terminals that are supporting the re-opening of manufacturing plants and retail dealerships. We continue to follow government and customer guidelines regarding operating hours and staff restrictions, as well as evolving PPE requirements to ensure the health and safety of staff.
As OEMs continue to operate with varied manufacturing schedules and as they face new and potentially unforeseen challenges, we are committed to supporting our customers to maintain a healthy supply chain. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs further.
Zeebrugge: Our equipment processing centre remain open and operational. As capacity continues to be stretched, we encourage customers to pick up their cargo as soon as possible. Hours of operation remain 06:00-22:00.
Dubai: Our equipment processing centre remain open and operational. We are currently working with customers to support their additional storage requirements.
At our offices
Most office-based staff continue to work from home. However, we have started to partly open a few offices in accordance with local rules and recommendations.