Federico Bordin, Andrea Zennaro and Simone Ferro (left to right) on the
cleaning pier. They are part of the Dussmann team that cleans ships,
buses and ferries.
the Dussmann branch in Venice. “The high proportion of men
is very unusual for the cleaning sector, but understandable. The
activity is technical and usually done outdoors.” Baruffa sees his
as managing the large, decentralized team.
feature, however, is continual training on all
levels so that “all employees work according to the
Dussmann instruction manual”. The employees come from many
cultures. The job is coveted, and job cuts in the industrial plants
of Marghera also add to the problem.
The vaporetto “A. Lucchese”, built in 1974 in Venice, is now docked
at the cleaning pier. “We are the only public transport provider
in Italy that develops its own means of transportation. Our design
office in the Sant’Elena shipyard develops ships that can withstand
the special conditions in the lagoon, which is influenced
tides, the wind, the waves and the seabed – and the weight of
the many visitors. The construction bids are advertised
says Nicola Cattozzo. Such a solid, safe ship costs
roughly one million euros.
Three Dussmann employees – Federico Bordin, Andrea Zennaro
and Simone Ferro – are just putting the final touches on the
“A. Lucchese”, while Gianfranco Negri, chief engineer at ACTV,
reports on the special features found in Venice. Certain zones
cannot be served during floods – “aqua alta” – but the traffic has
never completely broken down. “We are well organized when it
comes to dealing with floods. We have lived with the sea since time
immemorial.” On the Canal Grande, everything runs like usual,
even during aqua alta. N
Michaela Mehls, Dussmann Service |
Altogether 160 Dussmann employees ensure the cleanliness of transport
vehicles on land and water.
The “A. Lucchese” is cleaned spic and span. The water buses are the
backbone of the transport system.
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