The container hinterland logistics network Contargo has taken up a River Sponsorship, supporting the work of NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.), the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union. This is the use to which Contargo has put the 10,000 Euro prize money it received for the Eco Performance Award in 2015.
“As an intensive user of European rivers, and especially the Rhine, we have decided to invest the prize money from the Eco Performance Award in a river sponsorship”, says Heleen Scharroo, Operations Manager Contargo Waterway Logistics. “In this way we can contribute to the return of nature, even on busy waterways. In the past, actions of NABU on the Rhine have been concerned, for instance, with creating pebble stone islands and restoring old backwaters to their natural state. Inland waterways and sustainability in one project – that’s definitely something for Contargo.”
Commitment at many locations
The NABU sponsorship enables Contargo to support the work of the non-profit organisation in its aim of sustainably protecting nature and the environment by the conservation of resources. A total of 14 Contargo subsidiaries at 30 locations will initially be engaging in river sponsorships for two calendar years.
In addition to the Eco Performance Award 2015, in 2016 Contargo has been the recipient of another environment prize, the Captain Eco Award 2015. Both awards honoured the enterprise’s integrated sustainability concept. An overview of the sustainable activities of the Contargo Group is given in the Sustainability Report 2014. The 2016 Report is expected to be published in summer 2016.
With an annual transport volume of 2.3 million TEU, Contargo is one of the largest container logistics networks in Europe. Contargo integrates container transport between the western seaports, the German North Sea ports and the European hinterland. The enterprise has 25 container terminals at its disposal in Germany, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and maintains offices at seven additional locations in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Contargo also operates its own barge and rail lines. In 2015 the workforce of 868 employees achieved a turnover of 405 million Euro.
Contact at Contargo: Heinrich Kerstgens, Contargo GmbH & Co. KG, Rheinkaistrasse 2, 68159 Mannheim, Tel.: +49 621 59007 184,
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