DPW Antwerp sells breakbulk division and cuts 70 jobs

Accorrding to a local belgian newspaper, the second largest stevedore in the Port of Antwerp, DP World, starts a restructuring program. This morning DP World anounced to be cutting 70 jobs and to sell the break bulk division on the right bank of the river Scheldt.

The second most important stevedore in the port of Antwerp, DP World, starts an extensive restructuration. DPW anounce this morning, during and extraordinary council, to be cutting 70 jobs and to sell its break bulk division.

For some months now, the rumours are ongoing. These rumours were fueled by the fact that the former managing director, Eric Noterman left and was replaced by a crisis manager, the South-African  Rob Harrison.

DPW took over the former P & O Ports and operates 3 terminals in Antwerp:

  • the 2470 meter long Antwerp Gateway terminal at the Deurganckdok where huge investments were made in automation: automated stacking cranes and the planned implementation of (semi) automated shuttle carriers
  • a container terminal on the right bank, Delwaide dock
  • a break bulk terminal at the Churchill dock
DPW starts a special procedure, required bu belgian law, to cut 70 jobs: 40 white collar, and 30blue collar.

The antwerp company Zuidnatie buys the break bulk division, including the shares of Conti lines and Rickmers lines, who each had a share in the break bulk division.

The new was confirmed this afternoon during a press conference organised by the Managing director and the HR director.

 

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