Christmas greeting – 2022

Another year full of challenges is coming to an end.

Especially the war in Ukraine and the many horrible pictures made 2022 a sad year above all.

Nevertheless, our lives go on inexorably and we all work together to overcome the numerous crises and make the world a little more livable again.

Particularly in these difficult times, it is important to switch off from time to time and to block out current world events, especially at Christmas.

Therefore, we wish you for the holidays a “normality” that feels good and not oppressive and of course hope as well as courage, because it is the key to change.

In this sense: Merry Christmas and a better year 2023!


“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”

Logo – Schutz für Kinder

Since you can’t start early enough to prepare children for safe participation in road traffic, we helped “Schutz für Kinder Medien” in Hamburg to print appropriate textbooks for kindergartens.

Schutz für Kinder Medien” has made it its mission to provide children with free teaching materials with the help of sponsors and in coordination with the authorities. The aim is to teach the children the necessary respect for road traffic in a playful way.

We were immediately very impressed by this commitment. It was evident right away that we had to support this valuable work.

This week, the time had come. We were able to hand over 20 of these wonderful booklets to the neighboring kindergarten in Duisburg-Ruhrort. The kindergarten teachers were very delighted to receive them.

Broschürentitel – Verkehrsunterricht im Kindergarten

Annual General Meeting of the Bundesfachgruppe Schwertransporte und Kranarbeiten (BSK) e.V.


Freely adapted from the legendary national soccer coach Sepp Herberger


was our board member Roberto Spranzi on the occasion of the annual general meeting of the Bundesfachgruppe Schwertransporte und Kranarbeiten (BSK) e.V. on October 14, 2022 in Stuttgart. There, he took the opportunity to introduce the numerous members of the BSK to the possibilities of inland shipping as a mode of transport.

“Here I would like to ask you, because you all hold the strings of action in your hands:
What does inland shipping as a mode of transport have to offer you to make it more inte-resting for you?
Is the training or the job description of a freight forwarding and logistics services clerk still up to date without imparting knowledge about inland shipping?
Shouldn’t all modes of transport be taught equally in order to cover the entire range, the entire spectrum of transport, the logistics chain?
Inland shipping does not want to be a competitor for heavy lift operators and heavy lift forwarders.

What it does want, however, is to be part of the transport chain where it makes recognizable sense, where its use can conserve resources and infrastructure, where it is financially attractive.”

Language overcomes borders

As DTG continues to expand its fleet to include Polish member companies, we are pleased to have gained another interpreter as of October 19, 2022.

Ms. Ksenia Tomczak

is a dispatcher herself and will support us from Stepnica with Polish communication between ship and dispatch.She can be reached as follows:

Tel.: +49 152 | 28 81 03 41

Ms. Monika Gruchala will of course continue to be available for all accounting-related questions.

We are looking forward to a good and communicative cooperation.

Język pokonuje grenice

W zeiązku z dalszym poszerzaniem floty DTG o polskie firmy członkowskie, cieszymy się że od 19.10.2022 roku pozyskaliśmy kolejną tłumaczkę.

Pani Ksenia Tomczak

jest dyspozytorką i będzie nas wspierać ze Stepnica w komunikacji między statkiem a dyspozycją.

Pani K.Tomczak jest w następujący sposób dostępna:

Telefon +49 152 28 81 03 41

Oczywiście Pani Monika Gruchala jest nadal dostępna w przypadku wszelkich pytań dotyczących księgowości.

Cieszymy się na dobra i komunikatywną współpracę.

Ksenia Tomczak


Better late than never – Opening of the new Niederfinow Ship’s Hoist

Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow

After about 14 years of construction, the new Niederfinow Ship’s Hoist was ceremoniously inaugurated on October 4, 2022.

With a height of 55 m, a width of 46 m and a length of now 133 m, larger ships can finally pass.

We hope that this important structure will optimize the waterway connections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg as well as the Baltic Sea and Berlin and promote the shift of goods in the central and eastern German waterway network to environmentally friendly inland waterway vessels.

Of course, we are particularly pleased that our member Thorsten Fröhlich with his MV “Lusitania” inaugurated the new hoist and was the first ship to pass through it.

Green Award in Gold for MS “Patrick

After the new motorization with exhaust gas aftertreatment, our member Klaus-Dirk Link with his MS “Patrick” received the “Green Award in Gold” from the Green Award Foundation in April 2022.

Green Award Gold Certificate

We congratulate him on this and wish him a safe journey at all times.

MS "Patrick"

“The last Mohican”

On April 1, 2022, our “old hand” Michael Langenhorst celebrated his 40th company anniversary in the cooperative.

On April 1, 1982 his “career” began at Elbia Eilfracht, which later merged with Transport-Genossenschaft zu Berlin eG to form Transport-Genossenschaft Binnenschifffahrt eG (TGB).

In 1990, TGB eG then merged with the then PTG Partikulier – Transport-Genossenschaft Jus et Justitia eG and thus founded the DTG DEUTSCHE TRANSPORT-GENOSSENSCHAFT BINNENSCHIFFFAHRT eG.

Mr. Langenhorst has been involved in all these mergers and has survived them all.

As he is mainly responsible for the payments to our members in the accounting department, he is for many the “most important man” in the house and enjoys great popularity.

We would like to thank him for his patient manner, his loyalty and his constant commitment to our members.We hope that he will remain with us for as long as possible and we congratulate him wholeheartedly on this special and nowadays quite rare anniversary.

Robin Schäfer from MS “Schönrain“ appeared on the TV show “Klein gegen Groß“

We are very pleased that the son of one of our member ships made a fantastic appearance on the popular TV show “Klein gegen Groß“ (Small against big) on 19.02.2022.

He did really well, not only in the challenge part of the show, but also in the short film about his life on board a barge. We don’t want to give too much away, so see for yourself:

YouTube   ADR-Mediathek

Dear Robin, all of us at DTG take our hats off to your performance and would like to thank you for your great effort.