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Dronamics Black Swan 2Dronamics, the world's first cargo drone airline with a license to operate in Europe, announced today that it is part of the select group of companies launching the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, a strategic initiative to advise the EU's leadership in global transport innovation.

Dronamics joins forces with 15 of Europe's most influential private mobility companies - unicorns and startups, to launch the EU Future Mobility Taskforce announced following a meeting with the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean. The Taskforce aims to address key challenges faced by innovators in the mobility sector, with the view of advancing the strategic objectives of the EU and Europe’s competitiveness in advanced mobility.
Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean welcomed the initiative, stating “Today marked the launch of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, where 16 CEOs and Founders from Europe's top private mobility unicorns and startups joined forces. In a dynamic meeting, we delved into the needs of our transport innovators and explored ground-breaking initiatives like Drone Strategy 2.0 and future Hyperloop regulatory frameworks. The European Union is boosting financial support for transportation innovators and startups through Horizon Europe cluster 5 and EIT Urban Mobility. The European Innovation Council, with a EUR 10 billion budget, is calling on transport entrepreneurs to apply.”

Initiated by Bolt and Cabify, the Taskforce unites EU mobility unicorns across cargo, air mobility, shared mobility, EV charging, maglev and rail, in the field of transport innovation and deep-tech. Companies united in the taskforce share the common goal to introduce new solutions to meet increased consumer demand, and to make mobility more sustainable, affordable and connected. Common challenges include outdated and fragmented regulation, lack of enforcement, market entry barriers, access to finance, and data accessibility. While Europe has pioneered significant mobility advancements notably thanks to a competitive environment in a Single Transport Market, it now faces the crucial challenge of fully leveraging next gen solutions alongside existing ones, and scaling these innovations on the global stage.

“As Europe's cargo drone airline, we are delighted to be part of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, working with fellow mobility innovators and unicorns. Middle-mile deliveries by cargo drones have a significant potential for the European as well as the global economy at large, enabling faster, cheaper and green goods mobility, key to advancing the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy,” says Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO.

The primary goal of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce is to inform and provide guidance to EU policymakers for the next legislative mandate. The Taskforce's first input will be a comprehensive report that encapsulates the collective insights and recommendations of its members, which will be presented to Commissioner Vălean in the Spring of 2024. This is a significant step towards shaping a future where European innovation in mobility is not only sustained but also accelerated, ensuring Europe's continued leadership in global transport innovation.

The founding companies behind this initiative are (alphabetically): Aura Aero, Bolt, Cabify, Carto, Dronamics, EVBOX, EV Connect, Fastned, Flix, Lilium, MaasGlobal, Nevomo, Otiv, Volocopter, Voi, Virta.

rail connected port of rotterdam ‘Rail Connected’ – the programme that streamlines information-sharing between carriers, rail operators and terminals – is running well.

This spring, users will even be able to follow the composition of trains in terms of wagons, locomotive and containers. Most of the Rotterdam rail-freight sector has now joined up, with participants deciding to extend the programme for a further two years.

The ‘Rail Connected’ growth programme arose from the Rail-freight Transport Package of Measures drawn up to promote freight transport by rail. The programme is funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The Port of Rotterdam Authority coordinates the programme, which is developed together with market parties.

The aim is to use digitalisation to streamline information-sharing between carriers, rail operators and terminals, thus reducing manual operations. The first step has been taken: pre-reporting of trains. Once a week, everyone submits a digital report stating which trains are planned for the coming week. Step 2 – ‘train composition’ – enters final testing in January. That means greater clarity in a digital environment on the composition of freight trains arriving and departing Rotterdam in terms of locomotive, wagons and containers.

The Cabooter Group was recently the 25th party to join Rail Connected. Together with APM Terminals Maasvlakte II, Combi Terminal Twente-Rotterdam, Contargo, Danser Containerline, DB Cargo Nederland, DistriRail, DP World Intermodal, ERS Railways, Hutchison Ports Europe Intermodal, Haeger & Schmidt Logistics, Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam, KombiRail Europe, Lineas, LTE Logistics & Transport, Neska Container Line, Optimodal, PortShuttle, Rail Force One, Raillogix, Rail Service Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam Rail Feeding, RTB Cargo, Rotterdam World Gateway and Trimodal Europe, this means the Rotterdam rail-freight sector is largely covered.

These are important steps, according to Rémon Kerkhof, Deputy Director at Optimodal, a logistics services provider that focuses on European container transport over water, rail and road. “Although this doesn’t represent a great deal of added value for us as operators, it is essential to the rail sector as a whole. We’ve started. The momentum is there, across the entire sector. It would be a shame to stop now, especially if you look at the reported growth forecasts.”

Arno van Rijn agrees. The Commercial Executive of terminal operator Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam was already involved in the predecessors of Rail Connected: HaROLD and OnTrack. “At ECT, we’ve been aware for many years of how important digitalisation is for the future when it comes to ensuring competitive rail options. The aforementioned programmes were very ambitious. But the steps we are now taking within Rail Connected are more manageable. This is generating results, and is much more accessible for all parties. So we’re building a solid foundation.”

“We are improving efficiency and quality,” Van Rijn adds. “We are no longer transcribing PDFs to our own system, with all the unavoidable errors that that entails. Obviously that’s just the start. There is still a lot to be achieved, such as predictive information on expected train arrival times.”

Key to every digitalisation process is to use existing interface standards. What is meant by the terms and definitions used? “You have to speak the same language. That’s essential,” explains Gerwin Roke, Application Manager at DB Cargo Nederland. “The European Union Association for Railways (ERA) already has standards for consignment note and train data, yet you still see differences between, for instance, how terminals and carriers code locations in their systems. But we’ll gradually resolve these disparities. The atmosphere at Rail Connected is upbeat. Everyone’s doing their bit, regardless of how big or small they are. The perspective of greater efficiency, transparency and reliability beckons.”

“We have reached the critical mass necessary to take some fundamental steps,” according to Suzanne Smit, Programme Manager on behalf of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “Pre-reporting is up and running. Train composition is almost ready for launch. In 2024, we will also be initiating the implementation of ‘estimated time of arrival’ (ETA). We have now devised how to do that, but execution is going to be quite complicated. Traction suppliers need to add the train number in MCA Rail, so that it can be linked to the ‘path’ via the RailNetEurope Train Information System. Sensors in the track enable ProRail to monitor and update the ETA along these paths. This relates specifically to ProRail’s so-called ‘managed area’, as at the moment, this information is not available for the ‘non-managed area’. However, ProRail is currently planning further cameras and sensors, so that all routes provide information. We are currently in talks with them about this.”

According to Smit, good progress is being made on digitising manual operations. “But that does not actually mean we’re there yet. In 2024, we want to draw up an integrated plan of how we could use the digitised processes, and the data derived as a result, to optimise loading, train paths and terminal utilisation. All in the spirit of Nextlogic, the integrated planning platform for processing inland shipping containers in the port of Rotterdam.”

“That would of course be a great step,” remarks ECT’s Arno van Rijn. “To improve the competitive position of rail-freight transport, our clients consider reliability to be top priority. And we support everything that contributes to the timely deployment and removal of trains. It is currently the case that inefficiencies in the chain tend to be borne by one party, with other parties benefiting from greater flexibility and efficiency. We need to redress that imbalance. It needs to be more streamlined and reliable. A more integrated approach would certainly help.”

Rémon Kerkhof of Optimal also considers that a good solution. “We now have to coordinate everything 1-to-1 with each terminal and other parties separately. That often leads to compromises that can be suboptimal. Ultimately we want the system to optimise the process. This should in principle be easier to do with the rail network than for inland shipping. There are after all fewer parameters to factor in. Railways are by definition less flexible. I’m not downplaying this. The launch will demand quite a lot from people, but that was no different with Nextlogic in regard to inland shipping. And it is now working increasingly better in that regard. And we’ll make it work for the railway, too!”

APM Terminals suapeAPM Terminals Suape has completed the purchase of approximately 50 hectares, the latest stage in the development of a fully electrified terminal which is set to boost trade, employment and development in Brazil’s north east.

With the finalisation of the purchase of land at the Governador Eraldo Gueiros Port Industrial Complex (Suape), Pernambuco, plans to commence operations in the second quarter of 2026 are on track, with work due to commence this month and next.

In 2022, APM Terminals won the judicial auction for the acquisition of the Isolated Production Unit of Estaleiro Atlântico Sul (EAS) land. Since then, the company has taken several legal steps to complete the deal, made official with the signing of the land purchase. During this period, the company has also worked on developing the project's construction project.

APM Terminals Suape will be the first 100% electrified terminal in Latin America and will have modern infrastructure, fully planned to meet customer needs, with pioneering initiatives in port sustainability.

It will be able to handle up to 400 thousand TEUs/year and will increase the capacity of the port complex by 55%, generating direct and indirect jobs.

With cutting-edge technology and processes, the new terminal will feature a complete environmental management system, waste management, wastewater treatment and groundwater flow modeling for pollution control.

It will also have its own 5G network, which will make it possible to transmit information in real time to customers, 24/7. In addition, remote-controlled RTGs (Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes), will increase remote operational agility, positively impacting productivity and ensuring greater safety.

CN nomineesCN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced the appointment of Remi G. Lalonde as Executive Vice-President and Special Advisor to the CEO in anticipation of his transition to the role of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of CN later in the year.

The Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) role is a critical executive role, overseeing CN’s strong, experienced, customer focused Sales and Marketing team. As a former CEO, CFO and SVP at a prominent forest products company, Remi has led teams, executed strategy, managed regulatory matters, engaged with Indigenous communities and stakeholders, headed manufacturing operations, and worked with investors and suppliers. His successful track record of cross-functional experience and first-hand knowledge of the importance of supply chains as well as his focus on business growth and sustainability will help drive CN’s 2024-2026 growth agenda.

"I am very pleased that Remi is joining the CN team, preparing to lead our commercial team. The role of CCO is of the utmost importance. The diversity of his experience, including as a railway customer and as a CEO, positions him well to lead the Sales and Marketing team. He will play an instrumental role in accelerating sustainable, profitable growth.’’ Tracy Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer at CN.

Remi, who starts today, will spend time embedded within CN’s operations to learn about scheduled railroading, servicing customers, and executing CN’s ‘Make the Plan, Run the Plan, Sell the Plan’ model. Once this intensive familiarization is completed, Remi will transition into the role of Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer. Doug MacDonald, CN’s current Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, will remain in that role until the transition is completed later this year.

Air Liquid Porthos Air Liquide has announced that it will build a CO₂ capture facility.

The company will capture CO₂ from its existing hydrogen plant in the port of Rotterdam, leveraging CryocapTM , a technological solution for CO₂ capture which uses a cryogenic process.

Captured CO₂ will then be transported through the Porthos infrastructure and permanently stored in depleted gas fields under the North Sea seabed. The CO₂ capture facility will be operational by 2026.

Denmark GFAI Denmark has announced its Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI) initiative in a bid to boost collaborative efforts between the two countries in the sustainable energy solutions sector and advance their joint global goal towards carbon neutrality.

Led by the Danish Embassy and the Consulate General of Denmark in India, the new alliance is a strategic initiative poised to play a pivotal role in advancing the Green Fuels sector, including Green Hydrogen, by fostering innovation, collaboration, and partnerships between Danish industries and their counterparts in India.

GFAI's primary objective is to promote sustainable energy growth in India by establishing an ecosystem that encourages collaboration among businesses, government entities, research institutions, and financial stakeholders from both the Indian and Danish sectors.

Nine pioneering Danish organisations have already committed to the GFAI initiative as founding members including Maersk, Topsoe, Umwelt Energy, Mash Makes, European Sustainable Solutions, Novozymes, Danfoss, Brdr. Christensen and Hydrogen Denmark. Meanwhile, the GFAI advisory board members include India Hydrogen Alliance, Energy Consortium at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, the Danish Energy Agency and State of Green.

The GFAI announcement comes at an opportune moment in history as India massively pushes towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2070. Meanwhile, Denmark has topped the global Climate Performance Ranking 2024 and is also on the path to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

The GFAI is demonstrative of activities under the Green Strategic Partnership (GSP) signed in 2020 between India and Denmark that seek to meet the partner countries’ ambitious climate targets.

Ambassador of Denmark to India, H.E. Freddy Svane, is hopeful that such an international collaboration has the potential to greatly aid the global green transition. “Our planet needs action. The Tamil Nadu investors summit is happening at this very important junction. Danish companies bring skills to the green transition globally. Happy to see the special efforts through the Green Strategic Partnership to inspire India in her endeavours of greening its development. The Green Fuels Alliance India is powering initiatives within the energy transition. May our joint contributions be significant and inspirational,” he said.

Key features of the GFAI include:featuring a Steering Committee comprised of Danish businesses and coordinated by the Secretariat at the Danish Consulate in Bangalore.
Advisory Board comprising industry experts and thought leaders that will ensure the initiatives remain innovative and aligned with industry trends.

Inspired by Collaborative Initiatives such as the India-Denmark Energy Partnership, the Nation Green Hydrogen Mission, and joint R&D efforts on Green Fuels, including Green

"The availability of green energy and green fuel in sufficient quantities at cost-competitive price levels is the single largest challenge to the global shipping’s net-zero journey. India has excellent conditions for renewable energy production and ambitions to be a global leader in the green energy value chain. Drawing on our more than 100 years of business relations with the nation, we are very excited to join the involved Indian and Danish stakeholders as a founding member of the Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI)." Morten Bo Christiansen, Head of Energy Transition, A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Maersk has set a Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions target for 2040 across the entire business and has also set tangible and ambitious near-term targets for 2030 to ensure significant progress.

Every year, 100,000 vessels powered by 300 million tonnes of fossil fuel move 11 billion tonnes of goods around the world. This makes shipping accountable for around 1,076 million tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually – around 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Maersk is committed to playing its part in getting shipping to NetZero by switching to green fuel powering its vessels and remains committed to only ordering new build vessels that can sail on green fuels.

Maersk introduced the world’s first dual-fuel vessel that can run on green methanol in 2023, and the world’s largest vessel to run on green fuel, a 16,000-TEU (Twenty Feet Equivalent containers) vessel, will be added to service in February 2024. Maersk has secured sufficient green1 methanol to cover this vessel’s maiden voyage and continues to work diligently on 2024-25 sourcing solutions for its methanol-enabled vessel fleet. In addition to these two vessels, there are 23 more that have been ordered and will be added to the fleet as and when they are built.

Mr Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO of Hydrogen Denmark, a cluster organisation for green fuels in Denmark on the advisory board of GFAI said, “Hydrogen Denmark is thrilled to be in the steering committee and part of the Green Fuels Alliance India. The alliance represents a powerful collaboration between nations, bridging expertise and resources to accelerate the adoption of the green energy solutions that is going to power the societies of tomorrow. It is an essential topic, and not least one, where India and Denmark have a lot to gain from each other and as two global frontrunners not least has a lot to contribute to the global decarbonisation efforts.”

Jillian Evanko, President and CEO, Chart Industries (NYSE: GTLS) and Founding Member, India Hydrogen Alliance (IH2A), said, “We look forward to working with the Danish Government and Industry to support offtake and trade in Hydrogen, Hydrogen Derivates and e-fuels. Maritime transport decarbonisation is a key use-case for green hydrogen and we look forward to supporting this initiative that hopes to accelerate large offtake volumes of hydrogen derivatives and e-fuels from and in India. Long term offtake agreements are important to create the hydrogen economy in India.”

As green fuels gain prominence in India, GFAI will actively facilitate knowledge sharing, business opportunities, and strategic and financing partnerships between Indian and Danish actors in the field of green fuels, including Green Hydrogen.

Port of Tanjung capacity The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), a joint venture between the MMC Group and APM Terminals, has inked an agreement with Mitsui E&S Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) to procure 48 electric rubber tyre gantry cranes for delivery in Q3 2025.

ptp-signingThe agreement was signed by PTP’s Chief Executive Officer, Marco Neelsen and Mitsui’s General Manager of Sales Department, Logistics Systems Division, Atsufumi Takahashi on 20 December 2023.

Both parties conveyed their interest in establishing a long-term partnership covering equipment purchases, inventory management and after sales services.

PTP’s Chairman, Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh remarked that the agreement signing reflects PTP’s strong commitment to expanding its capacity and capability to support their customers’ growth demands.

“PTP’s strategic approach to continuously enhance efficiency and optimise its footprint, has contributed tremendously to keeping the terminal’s advantages in an increasingly competitive global market,” he said.

Marco Neelsen stated PTP is in the midst of executing a range of optimisation initiatives under its Ipsum Magna Programme to sustainably upgrade and expand its terminal facilities by means of purchases and application of automation and digitisation. “The new e-RTG cranes form part of our equipment modernisation strategy and are scheduled to be delivered by Q3 2025.”

“The purchase is in line with PTP’s sustainability drive towards decarbonisation, whereby PTP aims to reduce 45% of its emissions by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement. 85% of our RTG fleet is electrified, an initiative we started in 2014, and we target to reach the full 100% by early 2024,” he added. On behalf of Mitsui, Takahashi expressed his deepest gratitude to PTP for its unwavering collaboration and the order of 48 units, which are in addition to 35 units ordered in December 2022. Mitsui underlined its commitment to handing over the e-RTGs on time as per the agreed schedule. “As a pioneer in crane manufacturing, Mitsui will keep providing high-quality products to support its customers’ port operating business,” he concluded.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas is Malaysia’s busiest transshipment hub with a capacity to handle 13 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

dp world frozen food Academic research concludes that raising the standard temperature of most frozen food by 3 degrees from -18C could cut carbon emissions by the equivalent of taking 3.8m cars off the road.

Frozen food temperatures could be changed by just three degrees to save the carbon dioxide emissions of 3.8 million cars per year, research suggests.

Most frozen food is transported and stored at -18°C, a standard that was set 93 years ago and has not changed since.

A move to -15°C could make a significant environmental impact with no compromise on food safety or quality, the study found.

The experts, from the Paris-based International Institute of Refrigeration, the University of Birmingham and London South Bank University, among others, found that the small change could:Save 17.7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent annual emissions of 3.8m cars annually; Create energy savings of around 25 terawatt-hours (TW/h) - 17.64% of the UAE's electricity consumption; Cut costs in the supply chain by at least 5% and in some areas by up to 12%.

The research was supported by the leading global logistics firm and principal partner in COP28, DP World, which has set up an industry-wide coalition to explore the feasibility of this change, named Join the Move to -15°C.

This coalition aims to redefine frozen food temperature standards to cut greenhouse gases, lower supply chain costs and secure food resources for the world’s growing population.

The coalition has already been joined by leading industry organizations including: U.S. based AJC Group, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) of Denmark; Daikin of Japan; DP World; the Global Cold Chain Alliance; Switzerland’s Kuehne + Nagel International; U.S. based Lineage; Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) of Geneva; and Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE).

Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer at DP World, said: “Frozen food standards have not been updated in almost a century. They are long overdue for revision.

“A small temperature increase could have huge benefits but - however committed each individual organisation is - the industry can only change what’s possible by working together.

“With this research and with our newly formed coalition, we aim to support collaboration across the industry to find viable ways to achieve the sector’s shared net zero ambition by 2050.

“The Move to -15°C will bring the industry together to explore new, greener standards to help decarbonise the sector on a global scale. Through this research, we can see how we can deploy accessible storage technologies in all markets to freeze food at sustainable temperatures, while reducing food scarcity for vulnerable and developed communities.”

Building resilience and ensuring future food security

Annually hundreds of millions of tonnes of food from blueberries to broccoli is transported around the world.

While freezing food extends shelf life, it comes with a significant environmental cost – as 2-3% more energy is required for every degree below zero that food is stored at.

The logistics industry is working to decarbonise and facing rising energy bills.

Yet demand for frozen food is increasing as appetites evolve in developing countries and price-conscious consumers seek nutritious, tasty food at more affordable prices.

At the same time, experts estimate that 12% of food produced annually is wasted due to a lack of refrigerated and frozen logistics, called the ‘cold chain’ in the industry, highlighting a significant need for greater capacity.

Studies also suggest that 1.3 billion tonnes of edible food is thrown away every year – a third of global food production for human consumption.

The need is particularly acute in areas like Sub-Saharan Africa and the Subcontinent. In Pakistan in 2022, for example, half of exportable mangoes were lost due to an extreme heatwave1.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, more than 820 million people are hungry today and 2 billion – roughly a quarter of the world’s population – suffer from food insecurity2.

Professor Toby Peters, University of Birmingham and Heriot-Watt University and director of the Centre for Sustainable Cooling said: “Cold chains are critical infrastructure, vital for a well-functioning society and economy. They underpin our access to safe and nutritious food and health, as well as our ability to spur economic growth.”

He added: “Cold chain infrastructure, and the lack of it, have implications for global climate change and the environment.”

Climate change-driven events such as droughts, floods, and heatwaves can reduce crop yields and harm livestock health and productivity. But freezing food can protect food sources and their nutritional value for months amid such crises.

Join the Move to -15°C is an initiative to create a just transition, deploying accessible storage technologies globally to freeze food at sustainable temperatures to reduce food scarcity for vulnerable and developed communities alike.

Prof Peters added: “The UN predicts a population of 9.7 billion by 2050. To ensure food accessibility, we must close the 56% gap in the global food supply between what was produced in 2010 and what will be needed in 2050.

“Cutting cold chain emissions and transforming how food is safely stored and moved today helps ensure we can keep sustainably feeding communities across the globe as populations and global temperatures rise, protecting nutritious food sources for years to come.

“Building on this research, DP World’s coalition can be a key tool for overcoming today’s food challenges too, providing a stable inventory of quality food for the 820 million starving people worldwide and security for another 2 billion who are struggling with food scarcity.”

An open invitation to ‘Join the Move to -15°C' initiative

DP World has made the research accessible to all and invited stakeholders, industry leaders and interested parties to show support for the campaign.

u freight eplus 2024 will see the U-Freight Group expanding the operations of its e+ Solutions (ePlus) brand, which offers a comprehensive e-commerce logistics package, especially for start-up businesses with limited resources that are looking for cost effective behind-the-scenes assistance with order fulfilment, plus associated logistics and administration operations.

The Hong Kong-based logistics company used the recent Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference to showcase the services offered by its e+ Solutions (ePlus) brand.

The event brought together logistics, maritime, air freight and supply chain management services providers, with shippers, including manufacturers, traders and distributors, to exchange market intelligence and explore business opportunities in the region.

It was the perfect platform to demonstrate how the services offered by e+ Solutions (ePlus) are perfectly designed to help the growing number of small businesses, which are looking to capitalise on the global e-commerce market, with their logistics needs.

Staff from the e+ Solutions (ePlus) team used the event to met and exchange ideas with traditional logistics partners; eCommerce businesses, last-mile service partners; logistics automation and technology partners; as well as various government sectors.

They were able to present UFL's warehouse automation technologies to global audiences; whilst building global networks and fostering mutually beneficial partnerships by connecting with a diverse array of industry-related sectors.

At the same time they were able to discover the cutting-edge trends shaping the logistics industry, from the essential aspects of supply chain diversification and sustainability, to the advancements in technology, decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization, which are transforming the logistics landscape.

The e+ Solutions (ePlus) services, were established five years ago and offer a comprehensive e-commerce logistics package: from dedicated storage space for the entrepreneurs' products, to order processing and fulfilment services, including final delivery to customers.

Many of those entrepreneurs are start-up businesses with limited resources and are looking for cost effective behind-the-scenes assistance with order fulfilment, plus associated logistics and administration operations.

Ethiopian Airlines Cairo Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, the largest air cargo network operator in Africa, commences a freighter service to Casablanca, Morocco as of today, January 09, 2024, marking 35 in its number of freighter destinations served in Africa.

Regarding the launch of the freighter service, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “We are excited to announce the launch of the freighter services to Casablanca, Morocco. The new service opens a new chapter as it is our maiden venture into the Maghreb region as part of our global freighter network. This addition increases our total African freighter destinations to 35 and boosts our commitment to delivering reliable and efficient services. As the largest cargo network operator in Africa and a key air cargo service provider globally, Ethiopian Airlines will continue expanding its services around the world by opening new routes to facilitate global trade and theflow of goods. Our freighter service to Casablanca is operated using the modern Boeing 777-200F cargo aircraft with payload capacity of more than 100 tons.”

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, one of the major strategic business units within the Ethiopian Airlines Group, currently covers more than 135 international destinations around the world with both belly-hold capacity and 68 dedicated freighter services, deploying more than 145 airplanes, including 17 dedicated freighter aircraft, showcasing
its operations connecting five continents, and highlighting its role as a business and investment enabler. It runs a modern warehouse facility that has 1.15 million tons of storage capacity and just completed the construction of an ultramodern e-commerce warehouse with a capacity of 150,000 tons, which is dedicated to mail, couriers, and e commerce goods. These fully automated state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with advanced transfer vehicles, sorting machines, and the latest technology system to provide a temperature-controlled environment for dry, perishable, and pharmaceutical shipments.

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is a multi-award-winning air cargo service provider; in its one of the most decorated years of 2023, Ethiopian Cargo won: - Best Cargo Airline-Africa for five years in row and Cargo Airline of the Year for two years in row at the Air Cargo News Awards 2023, Sustainable Cargo Airline of the Year-Africa
Award at the Freight Week Sustainability Awards 2023, African Cargo Airline of the Year and Air Cargo Brand of the Year in Africa from STAT Trade Times Cargo Excellence Awards 2023, and Best Cargo Airline-Africa award at the Arabian Cargo Awards 2023.

FedEx electric tri fleet FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, teams up with Gaius Automotive Inc. to introduce the commercial electric tricycle “Rapide 3” into its pick-up and delivery fleet in Taiwan.

This innovative vehicle is designed to enhance service efficiency with its high load capacity, agile mobility, and extended range. The adoption of Rapide 3 underscores the FedEx commitment to more sustainable logistics solutions.

Newly introduced by FedEx in Taiwan, the Rapide 3 embodies a design philosophy that integrates people, vehicles, and cargo while providing a cargo capacity of 1000 liters and a payload of up to 200 kilograms. This capacity addresses a diverse range of transportation needs while helping reduce the frequency of round trips to logistics warehouses. Additionally, its medium-sized battery provides a maximum range of 110 kilometers, covering the daily delivery mileage of most current routes. The Rapide 3, coupled with Gaius’ fleet management system, provides real-time monitoring of vehicle dynamics and historical records to help enhance delivery efficiency and rider safety.

The Rapide 3 is equipped with safety features that include a patented 35-degree tilting system for stability and agility during turns and adaptability to diverse urban delivery scenarios. Furthermore, the side-access cargo box design enhances the convenience of item retrieval. Notably, FedEx is also the first in Taiwan to use a version of the Rapide 3 equipped with a long windshield and wipers to provide safer transportation in various weather conditions.

FedEx adoption of the Rapide 3 is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce emissions in its operations. Switching to an electric scooter from a traditional fuel scooter reduces an estimated 35 kilograms of carbon emissions per unit per month, adding up to potential carbon savings of more than 2 tons of total carbon a year at a single FedEx station with a fleet of scooters. According to statistics from Taiwan’s Climate Change Administration, Ministry of Environment[1], the transportation sector contributes about 13 percent of Taiwan’s total carbon emissions, with large commercial vehicles accounting for up to 25 percent of fine-particle air pollutants known as PM2.5. By incorporating the Rapide 3, FedEx continues its work toward a more sustainable future.

“As one of the largest express transportation companies, FedEx is committed to providing more efficient and sustainable logistics solutions, including investing in more environmentally friendly last-mile technologies,” said Michael Chu, managing director of FedEx Taiwan. “Our collaboration with Gaius Automotive Inc. is a meaningful milestone on our journey toward the FedEx goal of carbon-neutral operations by 2040. We will continue our efforts to bring forth more possibilities for a sustainable future.”

“It is indeed an honor for Gaius to collaborate with FedEx in spearheading the transformation of the logistics industry,” said Anthony Wei, CEO of Gaius. “We take pride in assisting our logistics clients in achieving their sustainability goals while simultaneously optimizing their operations.”

The Rapide 3 officially hit the road as part of the FedEx Taiwan’s fleet at the end of 2023. This collaboration serves as a sustainable milestone for FedEx in the logistics industry in Taiwan. FedEx remains committed to environmental responsibility, promoting innovative services, and providing high-quality logistics solutions.

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