DB Schenker has started operations of Rail Bridge with relief goods for Ukraine. First container train set off on Friday night from Seddin, Germany via Krakow in the direction of Kiev. The train is loaded with 15 containers that include sleeping bags, sleeping mats, diapers, canned food, drinking water, warm clothing and baby food, as well as medical products such as syringes, plasters, gauze bandages and cannulas. In this way, a total of 350 tons of relief supplies will be brought to Ukraine.
“The rail provides a stable connection to Ukraine. Today we are starting to help quickly – with what is needed most. A stable connection and experience in logistics processes are important here so that we can help reliably,” says Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Bahn Group for freight transport and head of DB Cargo.
Jochen Thewes, Chairman of the Board of Management of DB Schenker: “Logistics gets things to where they are needed, especially in times of crisis. With our rail bridge, we’re making sure that the huge international readiness to help reaches the people in Ukraine.”
For its Ukraine aid, Deutsche Bahn has set up a logistics network on rail and road to transport aid supplies from Germany directly to Ukraine. This will enable thousands of tons of food, drinking water and sanitary items to be transported directly to the country by truck and by rail in the coming weeks.
The logistics teams of DB Cargo and DB Schenker are working hand in hand here: donations are collected by truck in Germany, packed into containers and finally transported across the border to Ukraine by freight train on DB Cargo’s European rail network. This is made possible thanks to a cooperation between the Polish subsidiary of DB Cargo and the Ukrainian railroad as well as the DB Schenker teams on site in Poland.