DB Schenker has taken the theme of this year's Eurovision Song Contest - "Celebrating Diversity" - to heart, transporting 50 truckloads from various German cities and European countries to Kiev for a range of customers.
Eurovision Song Contest: 12 points for logistics
The Eurovision Song Contest is watched by an estimated 100 million viewers across the continent. Hamburg-based Production Resource Group AG is responsible for providing lighting and video and rigging technology for the entire ESC stage production. The company partners with PRG Alliance member DB Schenker. On behalf of PRG, DB Schenker was responsible for transporting all the stage equipment to Ukraine. Full loads were also sent to Kiev for another German supplier, which provided radio and communications technology for the ESC.
Despite short-notice requirements, DB Schenker successfully completed the entire project thanks to an experienced project manager. Joachim Gniza, Senior Project Manager, was also on duty at the Eurovision Song Contests in Düsseldorf (2011) and Baku (2012): "With little preparation time, we brought deliveries to their destination as quickly as possible over a four-week period.
More than two-thirds of the cargo was already on board within the first week. Many documents first had to be translated into Ukrainian, which took time, but ultimately all trucks cleared Ukrainian customs. Rehearsals for the semi-final and final rounds started in mid-April. After the ESC winner was crowned, everything had to be removed from the International Exhibition Center in Kiev within a week.”
The local team at DB Schenker Ukraine was responsible for operational aspects, including import customs clearance and customs clearance for the re-export. Maxim Moroz, project manager at DB SCHENKERsportsevents Germany, was also on hand for the disassembly. He coordinated the loading process and, as a native speaker, was an important link between the customers and the local staff.