The Erste Donau-Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft (First Danube Steamboat Shipping Company) or DDSG was a shipping company founded in 1829 by the Austrian government for transporting passengers and cargo on the Danube

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“Erste Donau-Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft” (DDSG) – the largest inland navigation company in the world at the end of the 19th century, with 200 steam vessels, around 1 000 barges, own shipyards and a coal mine

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Foundation on the 13th of March 1829 of the “Erste Donau-Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft” in Austria.

First steam vessel “Franz I” was put into operation between Vienna and Budapest. The first sea steam-vessel of DDSG “Maria Dorothea” was built in Triest.

Start of sea post transportations.

Foundation of “Bayerischer Lloyd” in Germany (in ownership since 1998).

Start of transportations of postal items with own stamp and seal.

“Erste Donau-Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft” was the largest inland navigation company in the world, with 200 steam vessels, around 1 000 barges, own shipyards, a coal mine and branches in Hungary.

DDSG company's minutes book of the general duties, used in 1829-1840, kept in the company's museum.

1830

First steam vessel “Franz I” was put into operation between Vienna and Budapest.

1895

1927

1972

1973

1991

2001

Foundation of “MFTR” (Mahart) – shipping company in Hungary (in ownership since 2004).

Steam tug boat “Österreich” – the strongest in the Danube history (2 400 HP) – was built in the Obuda shipyard, Hungary.

Foundation of “Avanti Schifffahrt und Lager GmbH” in Austria (in ownership since 2002).

Change from tug vessel system to more economical pushing vessel system.

During the privatization process, the organization is split in two companies – one for passengers and another for cargo transport. “DDSG Cargo GmbH” is established.

Building of high volume vessels for light commodities – convoys for west traffic which hold volumes of up to 7 000 m³.

Foundation of “MFTR” (Mahart) – shipping company in Hungary (in ownership since 2004).

1895

2002

2003

2007

2010

2013

ISO Certification 9001:2000.

First pusher with more than 5 000 HP goes into operation.

Foundation of the “Helogistics Holding GmbH” as the parent company of “DDSG – Cargo GmbH” and “MAHART Duna Cargo Kft” in Austria.

“klima:aktiv” award for environmental protection (CO2 reduction) from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

Acquisition of “Helogistics Holding G.m.b.H.” by Ferrexpo Plc., Switzerland.

Second “klima:aktiv” award from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

Revival of the original historical name “First – DDSG Logistics Holding GmbH”.

First of Quality Management, first of Shipping Practice

2002

2005

2007

2013

Revival of the original historical name

“First – DDSG Logistics Holding GmbH”.

DDSG fleet today – most modern in the Europe

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