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Safety first
— including in traffic

The Port of Esbjerg is a busy port with lots of activity: goods in, goods out; people coming to work in their cars, on bikes or on foot; operations on the quayside; foreign suppliers; ships docking; tug masts, cranes and heavy transport; and perhaps a couple of tourists and curious locals coming to see what’s happening in the docks.
The business, wide variety of people present, heavy loads and excessive speed are a dangerous combination. Some serious traffic accidents have happened in the port, and over the last 5 years, 66 accidents have been reported – in which 10 people were injured.

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Truck vs. Pedestrians

Visibility from very large vehicles is very limited, and if heavily-loaded, it takes time for them to stop. So please respect the work going on in the port. Drivers also want everyone to reach home safely.

Around 10,000 people work in the Port of Esbjerg – help create a safe traffic culture in the Port of Esbjerg.
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Facts on traffic safety

Source: Rådet for Sikker Trafik 

1 out of 3
fatal accidents during working hours occur in traffic
Over 1/3rd
of all traffic accidents are due to loss of concentration
Half of all
fatal traffic accidents are due to high speed
The risk
of using hand-held and hands-free mobile phones is equally high
If you are travelling at 50 kph
and look at your phone for 4 seconds, that’s the equivalent of 56 metres of driving blind
15% of all professional
drivers look at their phone when at the wheel
If anything unexpected happens
when you are travelling at 50 kph, it takes 32 metres to stop
1/3rd of all
fatal accidents involve a professional driver

Areas of intense activity

In the port there are areas of intense activity and extra caution is therefore needed in traffic when on the port premises.

Always follow the Road Traffic Act, show respect and drive according to the conditions.
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accidents over the past 5 years

Recommendations to safe behaviour

In the Port of Esbjerg, over 6,000 ships dock every year, not to mention the comings and goings of the Fanø Ferry. We handle over 4.5 million tonnes of goods arriving by road and sea, 75,000 cars are unloaded, 2/3rds of global wind turbine production are shipped and around 10,000 people work here. Extra caution is therefore needed in traffic when on the port premises, including the public roads and areas within the secure areas behind the ISPS fencing.

Regardless of whether working in the port, or simply a visitor, please follow the recommendations from the businesses in the port for safe traffic culture. Discuss them and implement traffic safety in your HSE.

  • Respect operations on the quays
  • Respect booms, barriers and fences
  • Respect signs and instructions
  • Respect your vehicle and equipment
Follow the rules
  • Follow the Road Traffic Act:
    50 km/h in urban/port zones
    30 km/h within the ISPS fencing or when signed
  • Drive according to the conditions
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Follow the signs
  • Use your common sense
Pay attention!
  • Look out for forklift trucks, cranes and heavy vehicles. Their field of vision is limited, and they cannot stop suddenly
  • Keep a general eye on the activities going on around you
  • Be careful and watch out near sectional doors, gates, containers and other items on the quay
  • Focus on driving when driving! Never attempt to use a mobile phone or set Sat Nav devices
  • Focus on cycling when you Cycle – Never use a mobile phone or listen to music via earphones

Risk profile

Rådet for Sikker Traffik (traffic safety council) also offers a survey able to give your business an idea of the attitudes and behaviour of its employees in traffic. Based on the results and benchmarking against other businesses, you will be able to identify areas where improvement is needed. The survey is online. It takes about 10 minutes per employee to complete. The survey is anonymous, and therefore only needs at least 20 respondents, and runs over 3 weeks. Read more and sign up here