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DP World office Dubai DP World has announced plans to relocate its global head office to Expo City Dubai, marking the latest milestone in the company's 50-year journey, as it continues to expand its global supply chain solutions.

The move to Expo City is part of the company’s journey from a local port operator in 1972 to a truly global supply chain solutions provider, transforming how the world trades. DP World has been based in Jebel Ali, at the heart of its port and free zone operations since it was established under its current name in September 2005.

Announcing the plan, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: "DP World's relocation to Expo City Dubai is a not an isolated project; it is one of many within our overall transformation to become the leading global provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions. Moving to Expo City puts us at the heart of Dubai’s future, while also signifies our commitment to innovation, sustainability, and making trade flow for our global customers.

“We are confident that our new state-of-the-art home will not only facilitate our continued growth, but also serve as a testament to our dedication to excellence and environmental stewardship. Across our business, we are committed to providing sustainable solutions for customers and partners and this same innovative mindset drives the vision for our new head office."

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Co-operation and CEO of Expo City Dubai Authority, said: “As a hub on the 2040 Dubai Urban Masterplan, Expo City Dubai is committed to providing an ecosystem for sustainable growth across Dubai’s key sectors, as well as driving meaningful action around some of the greatest challenges of our time. Carrying forward the legacy of Expo 2020, we are delighted to welcome DP World back to our site once again, as together we work towards our shared vision of a better, more sustainable future for all.”

DP World’s new Head Office, which is nine storeys and boasts 37,300 square metres of space -- will accommodate approximately 800 dedicated staff and provides a platform for clients and partners to engage directly with DP World's portfolio – across ports and terminals, marine services, logistics and technology. The first two floors are dedicated to engaging external stakeholders and visitors – with space for casual meetings and dining to the highest-level VIP meeting rooms and facilities.

Juan Carlos Sahdala, DP World’s Group Chief Planning and Project Officer, said: “The process of designing DP World’s new head office at Expo City Dubai has been an invigorating journey. Our goal has been to craft a space that harmoniously blends form, function, and sustainability, encapsulating the forward-thinking essence of Dubai's evolution.”

DP World is dedicated to minimising its environmental impact, and the head office will incorporate energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy sources, and eco-friendly building materials. The project will include a sustainable approach to the construction of the building itself, setting a new benchmark for the region. The project includes the use of electric golf carts, which will serve as a means of transportation, allowing convenient travel between different areas of the project site. Both employees and visitors can utilise these carts, ensuring ease of movement within the premises.

Dr. Amr El Sabban, Group Senior Vice President, Planning and Project Management at DP World, added: “One of the key features of the building is its status as state-of-the art smart building. This means that cutting-edge technological solutions are integrated throughout the facility to enhance efficiency, productivity, and connectivity among employees from different departments and locations within the group.

The smart building concept encompasses a wide range of advanced systems and solutions. Some of the key components include: energy efficient solutions, building management systems, intelligent elevator systems, and smart audio-video monitoring.”

The design is integrated with DP World’s iconic Flow Pavilion and water fountain, which captivated audiences during Expo 2020. The pavilion welcomed nearly 3,000 government officials, 2,500 thought leaders, 10,000 students and over 1.2 million visitors over the course of the six-month Expo 2020 Dubai.

Dubai-based DEC Dynamic Design Studio, was entrusted with the creation of a facility that reflects DP World’s vision for the future of global trade, combining functionality, sustainability and aesthetics.

The building also includes an automated parking area, showcasing DP World's commitment to technological advancement in every aspect of its work. This innovative parking solution doesn’t only maximise plot use, but also aligns with DP World's environmental goals, reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional parking facilities. The project also provides surface car parking facilities near the entrances specifically designated for EV charging, this arrangement promotes convenience and encourages the use of sustainable and efficient modes of transportation.

DP World looks forward to welcoming the world to its new global head office in Expo City Dubai, where trade, technology, and tradition converge to shape a brighter future for global commerce.

Lemon Queen head of pressLemon Queen are delighted to announce the arrival of Julie Bagdikian as the new Head of the #Press and #Media department.

Specialized in B2B and a trainer and consultant in #PublicRelations, Julie brings a wealth of experience, with 10 years of expertise in communication agencies, businesses, and institutions in #France and the #UnitedStates.

Her expertise strengthens our team and contributes to our ongoing commitment to excellence in the field of public relations and media.

She works closely with Carla Chaussiere, Head of Strategic Projects, to align our clients' overall communication. This dynamic collaboration enhances our position as experts in public relations, ensuring coherence and added value in our clients' communication.

BIFA new chair Clara Thomas, operations co-ordinator from Quality Freight Services Ltd, has been appointed as the new chair of the virtual format of the British International Freight Association’s Young Forwarder Network (YFN), taking over from Herbie Cobby from GEODIS.

 Clara, who is based in South Wales, has participated in many virtual and face-to-face YFN events. She is excited to get started and looking to add her enthusiasm to the good work done to the virtual format of the network. She is also keen to support BIFA’s activities in the South West and Wales region.

Established in 2019, BIFA’s YFN enables participants to enhance their career by providing opportunities to support their professional development through exclusive in-person events, boosting knowledge, sharing skills, advice, and experiences from industry professionals, and providing visits to places of industry interest.

It consists of five regional groups, which each organises events on a quarterly basis.

The virtual format was established during the pandemic lockdown to enable the networking opportunities to continue online and remains active with events every month or so that are open to members nationwide.

The network in its real and virtual forms is committed to promoting the logistics and forwarding sector as an exciting career choice and BIFA members are encouraged and supported to inspire the next generation within their local communities.

Carl Hobbis, member services director at BIFA, who has management responsibility for the trade association’s training and development services said: “The monthly events held online attract good numbers and are very popular. They last for one hour, cover a range of topics and as with all YFN events, guests always learn something new.

“BIFA looks forward to working with Clara and continuing the development of the virtual format of the YFN. We are always looking for more people to get involved in the YFN by supporting online events, or the face-to-face meetings of the regional groups. We encourage members to contact us, support the YFN in whatever way they can and encourage young people to attend.

“Four years on from the start of the YFN, we have held over 120 events ranging from the educational, such as presentations on specific aspects of the freight and logistics industry, to purely social. The YFN Group on LinkedIn is now a community of over 2,000 followers.”

CargoTech 2023 CargoTech reflects on a year of digital changes in 2023, both within the group as well as the air cargo industry.

“Success happens with change,” says Cédric Millet, President of CargoTech. “CargoTech is a one-stop-shop offering the best possible digital solutions for every air cargo business process. The aim of our products and services is to increase efficiency, improve revenues, or decrease costs, and generally to accelerate the digital transformation within the cargo industry. For that, we bring together cargo business and technology experts so that our digital solutions are created by air cargo knowledgeable people for the airfreight industry. Our drive for innovation is endless, and looking back at 2023, CargoTech had many successes and proved the relevance of its model.

Coming out of the pandemic in 2023, the subsequent swift return to more normal passenger operations has resulted in overcapacity on many routes. The air cargo industry has been going through difficult times: geopolitical upheaval, high inflation, and rapidly sinking rates have put pressure on the financial results. At the same time, the industry is at varying stages of technological maturity and customers are increasingly looking for solutions to decrease costs and increase revenues. That’s precisely where CargoTech comes into play.

Though facing tough economic climes, the year has also seen much positive movement. “Customers have been increasingly interested in our solutions, as the desire to make better commercial decisions is relevant in every market circumstance.” Ryan Keyrouse, Managing Director of Rotate explains. Even though the Air Cargo market was challenging in 2023; it did not seem to impact the adoption of innovative solutions. Nathanaël de Tarade, CEO of Wiremind Cargo confesses that "we got an increasing number of inquiries about our products, and our customers are more and more knowledgeable on what they want, what can be achieved, and are helping to push the boundaries of what can be done”.

Having begun the year with four members: Cargo Digital Factory, Wiremind Cargo, CargoAi, and Rotate, 2023 saw a fifth member enter the fold: With the addition of CharterSync, CargoTech extended its capabilities to include the air cargo charter expertise.

“Digitalization within the air cargo charter segment has largely been unexplored to date. It lags behind scheduled air cargo capacity processes, and operations are still highly manual. The addition of CharterSync as the group’s fifth member, offers forwarders and airlines a unique opportunity to bring enhanced value and efficiency to their charter process” say Ed Gillet & Simon Watson, Co-Founders of CharterSync.

“CargoTech fosters collaboration between its member companies on 3 levels: commercial, technical and strategic. We have already been successful in collaborating on commercial strategies, but we want to do more on the technical side where we are working on integration opportunities between some of the solutions that each CargoTech company offers, to optimally leverage the benefits from our CargoTech ecosystem,” Cedric Millet, President of CargoTech illustrates.

In addition to internal collaboration, the CargoTech members also presented a united front during 2023’s cargo events. All members of CargoTech co-located in CargoTech booths at the Air Cargo Europe in Munich in the summer, and more recently, at the first Air Cargo Southeast Asia in Singapore. Cross-sales activities are also becoming common practices, whereby customers of one of the companies can also become customers of other member companies. CargoTech was also nominated for the first time as a group entity for an air cargo industry award, earlier this year. Cédric Millet, President of CargoTech: “From a marketing point of view, 2023 has been an intense year as we work to establish a solid and recognised Brand in the industry.”

The air cargo industry and its customers are evolving in their digital capabilities and processes, and these uncover digital gaps as well as new ideas and opportunities. One area long in need of a secure, efficient, and user-friendly solution, is the area of digital payment. CargoAi’s CargoWALLET product, launched early on in the year, is the industry’s first comprehensive solution to not only enable swift, unbureaucratic booking payments online, but also addresses other obstacles faced by air cargo customers not previously in possession of an IATA CASS Number, AWB stock, or bank guarantee.

Similarly, Wiremind Cargo launched a Revenue Optimization suite (CargoStack Optimiser) which quickly secured it a multiyear contract with Qatar Airways Cargo, its launch customer.

Rotate’s focus in 2023 was to establish itself in the industry. Co-development projects with Etihad Cargo and Cathay Cargo were significant milestones and served as proof of concept on how to build complex solutions for better commercial decision-making. Rotate also recently launched a Live Capacity product and launched its strategy consulting practice focused on air cargo.

Though new to CargoTech, CharterSync celebrated four years of air cargo charter innovation at ‘Air Cargo Europe’ earlier this year, and became the first air cargo charter company worldwide to offer a fully integrated digital end-to-end booking process and management system for freight forwarders. Its rapid evolution from start-up to an established player in the global charter market, gained it an accolade as one of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies in The Sunday Times 100 for 2023.

The first emerging trend technology wise that comes to mind is the usage of LLMs (large language models), to bridge the gap between what you could call the world of emails and the world of digital solutions. LLMs can help boost the adoption of new solutions by reducing the time spent on filling in data that has already been filled by someone else.

And of course, 2024 will also witness the consolidation of solutions providing more visibility, driven by all sides of the industry, including forwarders, shippers or other technology providers. Thanks to the CargoCONNECT product by CargoAI we believe we are well positioned” say Matt Petot, CEO of CargoAi.

For CargoTech’s members, it will be another year of close collaboration to maximise on each other’s expertise and build on synergies between the many different solutions on offer. CharterSync Co-founder, Ed Gilllett explains: “The ability to leverage benefits from the CargoTech ecosystem opens up some significant and unique opportunities to add value to the service, functionality and data available across the companies.”

Cédric Millet, President of CargoTech, summarises the group's new chapter “For CargoTech, 2023 was the year of the coordination. 2024 will be the year for the synergies: commercial, technical, products. And of course, it will be another year of innovation, but that goes without saying,” he predicts.

Nestle Maersk eco delivery Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, is cutting its ocean logistics greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using Maersk’s ECO Delivery solution for 100% of its ocean containers shipped by Maersk in 2023, with an option to extend this agreement into 2024 and beyond.

The seaborne emissions of these transports are being reduced by over 80% compared to the usage of conventional fossil fuels.

With ECO Delivery, Maersk customers can handle ocean transports completely with certified green fuels* like second generation biofuel based on waste feedstocks. These fuels are replacing conventional fossil fuels on container ships in Maersk’s fleet. The corresponding GHG emission savings are confirmed to the customers with a certificate.

"Reaching net zero requires changing many aspects of how we source, make, and distribute our products. The agreements we’ve signed with Maersk will help reduce emissions and deliver immediate positive impacts on our carbon footprint." Stephanie Hart, Global Head of Operations at Nestlé.

Nestlé’s goal is a 50% reduction of its total emissions by 2030 and to be net zero by 2050. With scope 3 emissions being the major part of the overall emissions, ECO Delivery is an effective solution for abatement of scope 3 emissions caused by ocean transports. Nestlé’s water beverages and Nespresso have been two pioneering brands using ECO Delivery since 2021.

Today many more of Nestlé’s up to 2,000 brands are reaching the end consumers with a much smaller GHG footprint thanks to Maersk’s ECO Delivery. Furthermore, Nestlé is one of Maersk’s partners in piloting also low GHG emission landside transports, e.g. by rail or electric trucks.

"This is a very decisive step of Nestlé to use our very low GHG emission solution for 100% of their ocean cargo with Maersk. We are proud and delighted to make this immense emission savings possible with our ECO Delivery. Having green fuel solutions like ECO Delivery at hand, it still takes such impressive commitments of our customers like Nestlé to make the decarbonization of our shipping and landside logistics actually happen. This is why we are grateful for the positive feedback we get from customers like Nestlé that are buying ECO Delivery for all their ocean cargo. This makes a real change for the climate and for our world." Johan Sigsgaard, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer Ocean of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Maersk aims to be a net zero company across all business areas by 2040.

With this agreement Nestlé ranks among the largest ECO Delivery clients by volume. Since 2023, Maersk sees a trend of more and more global and national leading companies using the ECO Delivery very low emission solution for all their seaborne cargo which means a substantial financial commitment for the cargo owners. On the other hand ECO Delivery guarantees direct emission savings through allocation of green fuels, and these transports will be exempted by Maersk from future EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) charges. Furthermore, customers benefit from fixed prices for the green fuels. ECO Delivery will also become available for airfreight cargo as well as landside transports in certain areas.

*Maersk defines ’green fuels’ as fuels with low (65-80%) to very low (80-95%) GHG emissions over their life cycle compared to fossil fuels. Maersk green fuels and its supply chain are verified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). The methodology for accounting emissions is based on GLEC (Global Logistics Emission Council) and is certified by Smart Freight Center. We ensure auto-generated performance tracking of Maersk ECO Delivery shipments. Maersk ECO Delivery CO2e saving certificates will be issued. The method is audited by PwC in accordance with the International Standard of Assurance Engagements 3410 (ISAE 3410 – Assurance Engagements on Greenhouse Gas Statements), showing CO₂e savings for the scope of the Maersk ECO Delivery agreement.

IMO Assembly IMO 33rd Assembly adopted resolutions, including on budget, strategic plan and appointment of Secretary-General.

​For the first time, plenary sessions of the Assembly were live-streamed to the public.

The IMO Assembly met for its 33rd session from 27 November - 6 December 2023. (Assembly photo gallery here). For the first time, plenary sessions of the Assembly were live- streamed* to the public (watch recordings here).

The Assembly adopted the Strategic Plan for the six-year period 2024 to 2029. The eight strategic directions are:

SD 1: Ensure implementation of IMO instruments supported by capacity development.

SD 2: Integrate new, emerging and advancing technologies in the regulatory framework.

SD 3: Respond to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.

SD 4: Continue to engage in ocean governance.

SD 5: Enhance global facilitation, supply chain resilience and security of international trade.

SD 6: Address the human element.

SD 7: Ensure the regulatory effectiveness of international shipping.

SD 8: Ensure organizational effectiveness.

The Assembly adopted the Organization's budget and work programme for 2024 and 2025.

The Organization's results-based budget for the 2024-2025 biennium is £83,653,000 comprising an appropriation of £40,923,000 for 2024 and an appropriation of £42,730,000 for 2025. This will be largely financed by contributions from Member States, of £73,153,000, comprising £35,572,000 for 2024 and £37,581,000 for 2025.

A new 40-Member IMO Council for the 2024-2025 biennium was elected. Read more here.

The newly elected Council met on 7 December (for the Council's 131st session) and re -elected its Chair: Mr. Victor Jiménez. (Spain) and Vice-Chair: Mrs. Amane Fethallah (Morocco).

The Assembly approved the appointment of Mr. Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco (Republic of Panama) as IMO Secretary-General, for an initial four-year term starting on 1 January 2024.

The Assembly adopted an Assembly Resolution on Appreciation of the Services to the Organization of Mr. Kitack Lim.

The Assembly adopted a number of resolutions on key aspects of the Organization's work, including: Guidelines on places of refuge for ships in need of assistance; Recommendations emanating from the joint action group to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world's transport workers and the global supply chain (JAG-TSC); The enhancement of multilingualism; On the impact of the Russian armed invasion of Ukraine on international shipping; Implementation of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009; Urging Member States and all relevant stakeholders to promote actions to prevent illegal operations in the maritime sector by the 'dark fleet' or 'shadow fleet'; Enhancing the framework of the fight against organized crime in the maritime sector; Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification, 2023; 2023 Non-exhaustive list of obligations under instruments relevant to the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code); Procedures for port State control, 2023; 2023 Guidelines on the implementation of the ISM Code by Administrations.

The Assembly is open to all 175 IMO Member States and three Associate Members. It is also attended by observers from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

The Assembly is the highest Governing Body of the Organization and meets once every two years in regular sessions, but may also meet in an extraordinary session, if necessary. The Assembly is responsible for approving the work programme, the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. The Assembly also elects the Members of the Council. In addition, the Assembly adopts certain resolutions emanating from the five IMO Committees and endorses actions of the Council with respect to the admission of new intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations as observers. The Assembly also adopts amendments to certain treaties, if so provided therein.

The meeting was opened by the outgoing President, H.E. Mr. Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.

The incoming President, H.R.H. Prince Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Sultan Al-Saud, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom, addressed the Assembly.

The Assembly was addressed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim; and Lord Davies of Gower from the host country Government, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The 33rd Assembly elected its officers: President of the Assembly: H.R.H. Prince Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Sultan Al-Saud, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Saudi Arabia.

First Vice-President: H.E. Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to IMO.

Second Vice-President, H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Gamarra Skeels, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Peru to IMO.

Chair of Committee 1: Ms. Gillian Grant of Canada, Chair of the Legal Committee.

Vice-Chairs: Mr. Burak Aykan of Türkiye and H.E. Captain Ian Finley of the Cook Islands.

Chair of Committee 2: Dr. Harry Conway, Alternate Permanent Representative of Liberia to IMO and Chair of the Marine Environment Protection Committee. .

Vice-Chairs: Dr. Anita Mäkinen of Finland and Admiral Cristiano Aliperta of Palau.

Chair of the Credentials Committee: H.E. Mr. Giampaolo Bensaia of San Marino.

IMO elects 40 new members The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the Members of its Council for the 2024-2025 biennium.

The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of the Council for the 2024-2025 biennium: Category (a): 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services (listed in alphabetical order): China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Panama, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States

Category (b): 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates

Category (c): 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Türkiye.

The newly elected Council will meet, following the conclusion of the 33rd Assembly, for its 131st session (on 7 December) and will elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for the next biennium.

The 33rd Assembly of IMO is meeting in London at IMO Headquarters from 27 November to 6 December 2023. All 175 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO's highest governing body. The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.

The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It elects the Organization's 40-Member Council.

DP World coral DP World has opened the UAE’s first land-based coral exhibition for reef restoration, alongside Coral Vita, a pioneering company that grows corals to restore dying reefs, an important milestone in their strategic partnership to enhance the health and resilience of coral reefs around the world.

Coral Vita’s land-based farms use solar-powered, closed-loop systems that mimic natural ocean conditions and optimise coral growth and survival. Coral Vita also engages local communities and stakeholders to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of its restoration projects.

Coral Vita has established this facility to showcase a scalable restoration approach capable of accelerating the growth of native corals up to fifty times faster than in their natural habitats, while also bolstering their resilience to rising temperatures linked to climate change. DP World and Coral Vita are working in collaboration with the Dubai municipality on this pilot project.

The facility functions primarily as a demonstration centre but has significant potential for the near future, playing a vital role in supporting regional initiatives to scale restoration solutions by building synergies with broader stakeholders, contributing to a sustainable blue economy in the UAE and globally.

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on earth, supporting over 25% of marine life, providing food, livelihoods and coastal protection for an estimated one billion people, providing compounds for medicines, and generating billions in tourism and fisheries revenues each year.

However, they face an unprecedented crisis due to climate change, pollution, overfishing and other threats. More than 50% of the world’s reefs have already been lost and over 90% are projected to die by 2050.

"DP World recognises its responsibility and is actively working to prevent biodiversity degradation through our global land and water operations," said Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer of DP World. “Our partnership with Coral Vita is one way we are addressing the need for collective societal action to build global resilience against climate change and biodiversity loss. This initiative represents a significant stride in DP World’s sustainability commitment, urging us to envision a future where vibrant coral ecosystems flourish as part of a larger effort to ensure the thriving health of our oceans.”

"We are thrilled to partner with DP World to support reef restoration for the UAE and expand our global network of coral farms,” said Sam Teicher, Co-Founder & Chief Reef Officer at Coral Vita. “While we wish that our job didn’t exist, Coral Vita is proud to collaborate with local stakeholders, contribute its expertise to scaling reef restoration through diverse, resilient, and affordable corals, and create a new marine education and tourism hub in Mina Rashid, Dubai.”

DP World and Coral Vita will continue to explore opportunities to integrate coral farming and restoration into DP World global network of ports and terminals, as well as to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of coral reefs for our oceans and livelihoods.

The facility will be open to the public on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00-4:00. It is located at Shop B, ground floor, building C5, Marina View – Mina Rashid, Dubai.

Maersk shipping ceos The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of leading global shipping lines have issued a joint declaration at COP 28 calling for an end date for fossil-only powered newbuilds and urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulator, to create the regulatory conditions to accelerate the transition to green fuels.

Global temperatures are breaching critical levels, creating more frequent and devasting results. Therefore the importance of shipping achieving IMO’s 2030, 2040, and net-zero 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) targets is very clear. The only realistic way to meet those targets for an industry that accounts for 2-3% of global GHG emissions is to transition from fossil to green fuels at scale and at pace.

Being at the forefront of introducing lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ships underscores the CEOs’ commitment to the IMO GHG reduction objectives for 2030, 2040, and 2050. As frontrunners, the CEOs are convinced that even closer collaboration with IMO regulators will produce the effective and concrete policy measures needed to underpin the investment within maritime shipping and its ancillary industries that will enable decarbonisation to occur at the pace required.

Their joint declaration calls for the establishment of four regulatory ‘cornerstones’: An end date for new building of fossil fuel-only vessels and a clear GHG Intensity Standard timeline to inspire investment confidence, both for new ships and the fuel supply infrastructure needed to accelerate the energy transition.

An effective GHG pricing mechanism to make green fuel competitive with black fuel during the transition phase when both are used. This can be done by distributing the premium for the green fuels across all the fossil fuel used. With low initial volumes of green fuels any inflationary effects are minimised. The mechanism must also feature an increasing regulatory incentive to achieve deeper emissions reductions. Furthermore, beyond covering the ‘green balance fee’, revenue generated by the mechanism should go to an RD&D fund and to investments in developing countries to ensure a just transition that leaves no one behind.

A vessel pooling option for GHG regulatory compliance where the performance of a group of vessels could count instead of only that of individual ships, ensuring investments are made where they achieve the greatest GHG reduction and thereby accelerating decarbonisation across the global fleet.

A Well-to-Wake or lifecycle GHG regulatory basis to align investment decisions with climate interests and mitigate the risk of stranded assets.

In a unprecedent action, major players of the shipping industry express their shared conviction that regulation can play a key role in mitigating the cost of the green transition as well as the risk of extreme weather events. Given the cost of climate change is far greater than the cost of the green transition they look forward to being joined by other companies.

"A.P. Moller - Maersk wants to accelerate the green transition in shipping and logistics and a crucial next step is to introduce regulatory conditions which ensure that we create the most greenhouse gas emission reductions per invested dollar. This includes an efficient pricing mechanism to close the gap between fossil and green fuels and ensuring that the green choice is easier to make for our customers and consumers globally. The momentum for green fuel is building and we are pleased to see strong partnerships across the industry as we continue our joint efforts of making decarbonisation in shipping successful." Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

"Climate change is a general concern not a matter of competition. The CMA CGM Group is extremely pleased to join this unique Coalition, which brings together leading shipping companies to urge to the adoption of the upper targets of the IMO trajectory. This sets an ambitious milestone for the decarbonization of our industry. By collaborating with others, we each take a new step in our energy transition, while ensuring a collective level playing field and access to greener fuels for the industry. This new commitment is fully in line with the CMA CGM Group's ambition to be Net Zero by 2050. We have already invested close to $15 billion in decarbonizing our fleet, which will enable us to have almost 120 vessels capable of being powered by decarbonized fuels by 2028. Pioneer in LNG as a transition energy, our Group has also launched several large industrial partnerships to diversify our sourcing with even more decarbonized fuels. In 2023, the CMA CGM Group will reduce its CO2 emissions by around -1 million tons. Alongside the members of this coalition and all those who will join us afterwards, the CMA CGM Group pursues its decarbonization journey and renews its commitment to a shared and sustainable future." Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group.

"Our collective responsibility for a sustainable future and clean practices is paramount. At Hapag-Lloyd, we reaffirm our commitment to advance the decarbonization of the maritime industry and strive to be at the forefront of the energy transition. We believe that a regulatory framework and clear targets are crucial to accelerating the introduction of alternative fuels and reducing our carbon footprint. This commitment is in line with Hapag-Lloyd's goal of achieving a net-zero carbon fleet by 2045 and reflects our industry's unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility." Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.

"Shipping is at the forefront of technological innovation when it comes to decarbonization and at MSC our fleet renewal strategy includes 100 dual fuel vessels. We are proud to be part of this unprecedented collaboration with our peers and it is only right that together we follow this path towards net zero that we must achieve by 2050. The support of Governments across the world will be an essential element to reach our common goal and among those efforts we want to see an end to delivery of ships that can only run on fossil fuels. MSC has fully supported and committed to net decarbonization by 2050 but without the full support from other stakeholders particularly energy providers it will be extremely difficult to meet those objectives - no one can do this alone. Today it feels like we are one step closer in this regard, but concrete supply of alternative fuels and globally recognised GHG pricing are essential to achieve our goals." Soren Toft, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.

"At Wallenius Wilhelmsen we have decided to be a shaper of the journey to net-zero and focus our investments in supporting this ambition. Our customers want to partner with us on the voyage. Now, we need a global regulatory framework matching this ambition to drive the investments needed at a global scale." Lasse Kristoffersen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

Ramborn CFL Ramborn and CFL multimodal, through its subsidiary CFL logistics, are happy to announce the signature of a long-term agreement.

The international logistics expert with its Headquarters in Luxembourg provides warehousing, customs and distribution services to the first Luxembourgish cider producer.

“I believe this partnership is just a logical step. At the CFL freight activities division we are invested in creating ecological solutions and are continuously working hard on providing sustainable supply chains for our partners. Our missions are both very much centered around implementing something that will serve future generations still. That’s one of the reasons I am happy we are now working  together to make an even bigger impact and that we had the opportunity to create a custom solution for our new partner." Laurent Erhard, CEO CFL logistics.

 As a certified B Corporation, Ramborn was looking for a like-minded partner who would help improve the sustainability of their production chain. Both companies value tradition and perceive it as a strong foundation for spearheading thought-full change for future generations; from bringing back the long-forgotten tradition of cider-making (the tradition of “Viez”), in an effort to use otherwise wasted fruit, restoring ancient meadow orchards and preserving biodiversity, to pushing the transport community to shift their cargo towards the more sustainable rail transport solution whenever possible, both Ramborn and CFL multimodal are continuously striving to achieve profitable, yet environment friendly and socially beneficial operations.

“This collaboration will enable us to optimize our logistics and supply chain, ensuring faster and more reliable deliveries to our clients. Benefiting from CFL multimodal’s expertise in rail transport and green logistics solutions is a real asset to meet Ramborn’s future development challenges. We believe that this long-term partnership is a win-win situation for both parties, and we look forward to working together to push positive change in our sector and beyond.” Carlo Hein, Co-founder & President of the Board Ramborn S.A.

BIFA regional Chris Curtin’s appointment as regional consultant representative in Scotland for BIFA – the British International Freight Association, completes the trade association’s regional team.

Chris joins four other regional representatives who support and engage with BIFA members across the UK and are the trade association's ‘eyes and ears’ at a local level in each of its regions.

Chris has over 22 years’ experience in customs and logistics including operational, commercial and compliance activities.

He joined one of the UK’s leading port community system providers in 2011 and during his time there was liaison to major UK government agencies including HMRC, Border Force and Port Health during the implementation of key programmes such as UCC, CDS and Brexit.

Most recently, Chris has taken the role of head of Customs and Logistics services for DDC FPO, a leading outsourcing organisation and will combine this role with his work for BIFA.

BIFA Director General, Steve Parker comments: “We have made clear our strategy to further raise BIFA’s profile with our members as well as enhance engagement with them.

“With the appointment of Chris, we have completed a recruitment drive to strengthen and support our engagement with our members in Scotland and other parts of the UK; to ensure that their views reach all areas of the association; and are reflected in the work undertaken by the secretariat.

“I know that Chris is looking forward to working for BIFA’s members in Scotland, getting a better understanding of how BIFA can fulfil their requirements, whilst representing them in key forums, and ensuring their views are heard by key decision makers in the logistics environment.”

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