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MaerskA.P. Moller-Maersk announced today that the company will join the Low Carbon Charter, launched by Hong Kong Business Environment Council (BEC).

By signing the Charter, Maersk is committed to contributing towards Hong Kong’s long-term decarbonization ambition.

Mr. Daan Slotema, Head of Legal, Maersk Asia Pacific signed and received the certificate on behalf of the company.

"Decarbonization is a strategic imperative for our industry and for Maersk. We are intensifying our efforts to achieve our ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and support our customers to decarbonize their supply chains. Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading maritime hubs, and I am pleased that we can take part in this significant task which requires collaborative contributions from the shipping and logistics sector." Daan Slotema, Head of Legal, Maersk Asia Pacific.

Maersk is accelerating efforts to decarbonize marine operations, most recently with the order of 8 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on carbon neutral methanol. The first vessel will be introduced in the first quarter of 2024. These vessels will offer Maersk customers truly carbon neutral transportation at scale on the high seas.

In joining the Low Carbon Charter, Maersk has committed to:Work towards setting decarbonisation target(s) aligned with climate science and the goals of the Paris; Agreement by committing to the Science Based Targets initiative; Implement strategic actions towards achieving the target(s); Disclose annually progress of setting/achieving target(s); Advocate setting decarbonisation targets and implementing low carbon practices to stakeholders.

"We are absolutely thrilled with Maersk, the world’s leading shipping and logistics company, joining the Charter. International shipping contributes over 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the International Maritime Organisation recently adopted a strategy to decarbonise the sector. BEC welcomes the opportunity to work with Maersk and the shipping industry and leverage the Charter as a platform to inspire the wider business community in Hong Kong to accelerate their climate action." Adam Koo, CEO of Business Environment Council.

With the support of business leaders and the Environment Bureau, the BEC Low Carbon Charter was launched in March 2019 to mobilize companies in the property and construction value chain to collectively contribute towards Hong Kong’s long-term decarbonization through their pledge to set and achieve carbon reduction targets. Since 2020, the Charter has expanded to welcome companies from all sectors.

MaerskIn the first quarter of 2024, A.P. Moller - Maersk will introduce the first in a groundbreaking series of 8 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on carbon neutral methanol.

The vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and have a nominal capacity of approx. 16,000 containers (Twenty Foot Equivalent - TEU). The agreement with HHI includes an option for 4 additional vessels in 2025. The series will replace older vessels, generating annual CO2 emissions savings of around 1 million tonnes. As an industry first, the vessels will offer Maersk customers truly carbon neutral transportation at scale on the high seas.

More than half of Maersk’s 200 largest customers have set – or are in the process of setting – ambitious science-based or zero carbon targets for their supply chains. As part of Maersk’s ongoing collaboration with customers, corporate sustainability leaders including Amazon, Disney, H&M Group, HP Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, The Procter and Gamble Company, PUMA, Schneider Electric, Signify, Syngenta and Unilever have committed to actively use and scale zero carbon solutions for their ocean transport, with many more expected to follow.

The vessels come with a dual fuel engine setup. Additional capital expenditure (CAPEX) for the dual fuel capability, which enables operation on methanol as well as conventional low Sulphur fuel, will be in the range of 10-15% of the total price, enabling Maersk to take a significant leap forward in its commitment to scale carbon neutral solutions and lead the decarbonisation of container logistics.

"The time to act is now, if we are to solve shipping’s climate challenge. This order proves that carbon neutral solutions are available today across container vessel segments and that Maersk stands committed to the growing number of our customers who look to decarbonise their supply chains. Further, this is a firm signal to fuel producers that sizable market demand for the green fuels of the future is emerging at speed." Soren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Maersk will operate the vessels on carbon neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol as soon as possible. Sourcing an adequate amount of carbon neutral methanol from day one in service will be challenging, as it requires a significant production ramp up of proper carbon neutral methanol production, for which Maersk continues to engage in partnerships and collaborations with relevant players.

The vessels will be designed to have a flexible operational profile, enabling them to perform efficiently across many trades, and add flexibility regarding customer needs. They will feature a methanol propulsion configuration developed in collaboration with makers including MAN ES, Hyundai (Himsen) and Alfa Laval which represents a significant scale-up of the technology from the previous size limit of around 2,000 TEU. The vessels will be classed by the American Bureau of Shipping and sail under Danish flags.

"We are very excited about this addition to our fleet, which will offer our customers unique access to carbon neutral transport on the high seas while balancing their needs for competitive slot costs and flexible operations. To us, this is the ideal large vessel type to enable sustainable, global trade on the high seas in the coming decades and from our dialogue with potential suppliers, we are confident we will manage to source the carbon neutral methanol needed." Henriette Hallberg Thygesen
CEO, Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

The new vessels come as part of Maersk’s ongoing fleet renewal program and will replace tonnage of more than 150,000 TEU which is reaching end-of-life and leaving the Maersk managed fleet between 2020 and Q1 2024.

CAPEX for the announced vessels is included in current guidance for 2021-2022 of USD 7bn. Maersk further reiterates its strategy of maintaining a fleet capacity in the 4.0 to 4.3 million TEU range, as a combination of Maersk managed and time-chartered vessels.

"As an industry leader, H&M Group has a responsibility to fight climate change. We have the ambition to become climate neutral by 2030 and climate positive by 2040. We truly believe that our climate actions should be co-created with our partners. Maersk’s investment in large vessels operating on green methanol is an important innovative step supporting H&M Group’s climate goals within International Freight and we are proud to take part in this pioneer journey." Leyla Ertur, Head of Sustainability - H&M Group.

"Sustainability is embedded across our business and remains a core value at HP. We recently announced some of the most ambitious climate action goals in our industry and to achieve them we are implementing more sustainable transportation solutions within our supply chain, including this green fuels collaboration with Maersk. It’s an important step for all companies involved to make the greatest impact possible and help combat the climate crisis." Antoine Simonnet, chief supply chain officer - HP Inc

"Today, the world is finally waking up to the climate crisis. The next decade has to be one of ‘climate action.’ With Brighter Lives, Better World 2025 – our five-year sustainability program – we’ve set a new goal to go beyond carbon neutrality and to double the pace at which we will meet the 1.5°C scenario set out by the Paris Agreement. The pledge is to meet this ambitious target across our entire value chain and do this six years early. Our renewed partnership with Maersk will help us to scale zero carbon solutions in our supply chain and logistical operations, providing rich pickings for emission reductions." Maurice Loosschilder, Head of Sustainability - Signify.

"Unilever is committed to accelerating the transition to clean transport solutions, not just in our own operations but along global value chains as we work to achieve net zero emissions by 2039. With logistics and distribution accounting for around 15% of our greenhouse gas emissions footprint, it’s important that we work with partners shifting to lower carbon fuels. We are proud to partner with Maersk as they pioneer carbon neutral transportation on the high seas." Michelle Grose, Head of Logistics and Fulfilment - Unilever.

Atlas AirAtlas Air, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW), is proud of its ongoing support of the U.S. military’s Afghanistan evacuation efforts.

As part of the activation of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), the Company is carrying evacuees to safety.

“For more than 20 years, Atlas has supported the U.S. military and is the largest supplier of its outsourced airlift. We are proud to provide this essential passenger service in the region at this critical time,” said John W. Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “As the Company that cares for the world we carry, our team feels a tremendous sense of responsibility in serving the needs of the U.S. military.”

Atlas Air is providing three 747 passenger aircraft to support the CRAF activation and also continues to provide additional 767 passenger aircraft in support of these evacuations and other missions.

Deutsche Bahn CDPDeutsche Bahn will once again keep basic services running across Germany when the GDL train drivers' union goes on a second strike, announced for 23-24 August.

DB will operate a basic level of long-distance connections that equals roughly 25% of normal capacities. DB is aiming to keep about 40% of regional and S-Bahn trains running this time around as well. However, the number of trains in operation will vary considerably between regions.

After the first strike, DB Cargo worked in record time to resolve the backlog of freight trains at its marshalling yards. This means the freight company now has the capacities to keep trains running over the next few days. It will cooperate with external rail operators to ensure that trains transporting essential goods can be dispatched quickly to meet customers' orders.

DB has drawn on the experience of the first strike to optimise its replacement timetable for long-distance services so that it can operate more trains when GDL resumes its industrial action. Long-distance routes will be served by some 20 additional trains a day, for connections such as Berlin – Bavaria, and trains running between Hamburg/Berlin, Frankfurt Airport and Stuttgart.

DB's objective is to ensure that passengers can make reliable plans for their journeys. It has prioritised very busy routes and connections to major stations and airports. The company again intends to run trains every two hours on selected key corridors. Nevertheless, DB advises people to reschedule travel to before or after the strike if this is possible. Despite creating an alternative timetable, DB cannot guarantee that all travellers will reach their destinations as planned. Anyone who is unable to reschedule a trip should make sure to reserve a seat.

DB expects rail services to return to normal for the most part as of 25 August.

Passengers can start using their tickets flexibly today, and this option will be in place for a period of ten days after the strike ends. DB is extending the validity of tickets for long-distance services affected by the GDL strike on 23-24 August: these tickets can now be used flexibly from 20 August up to and including 4 September. Passengers with saver and super saver fares are not restricted to using the trains specified on their tickets. They can instead make their journeys using other trains, including local services (RE, RB, IRE and S-Bahn). In addition, travellers can apply to have their tickets refunded free of charge.

Passengers can transport bicycles on long-distance trains only if they have reserved a bicycle space on board. Any long-distance passenger who has a bicycle space booking for a train that is cancelled can use DB's offer to ship their bicycle free of charge via the company's luggage service.

Crowley wellness Crowley Maritime Corporation has won its sixth consecutive Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness Award, recognizing its programs for employee well-being, worksite health and wellness.

“Crowley knows that the health and well-being of our employees plays a critical part in being a high-performing company across our global locations,” said Tiffanny King, vice president, People. “Crowley offers comprehensive support, so our employees and families have a full range of programs to support their lives inside and outside of the workplace.”

Crowley is among 35 winning companies awarded based on a statistical assessment created and administered by SynBella, the nation’s leading wellness systems firm.

The awards reflect Crowley’s commitment to provide employees annual health and financial evaluations and risk assessments, as well as an array of wellness and health tools and opportunities, including: Health coaching; Weight management; Mental health resources; Fitness programs and events; Emotional well-being education; Gym reimbursement programs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Crowley has supported employees through healthcare and safety guidance, including emotional and mental health resources while working onsite or remotely.

Qatar Airways Cargo copyQatar Airways Cargo announces the further rollout of third-party eBooking platform, WebCargo by Freightos across the rest of the world*, effective 23 August 2021.

Forwarders in the carrier’s worldwide network will be able to place eBookings from both, its online and offline origins with access to live rates and capacity on the WebCargo platform. This will enhance their booking experience with the airline, resulting in higher efficiencies and real-time responses for availability.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Guillaume Halleux said: “Within a short span of six months, we will complete our global rollout of WebCargo by Freightos on 23 August and I am proud of all our teams who have worked dedicatedly all these months to ensure a successful implementation. At Qatar Airways Cargo, the customer is at the core of all our activities and we will continue actively with our digitalisation initiatives for the benefit of our customers.”

Freightos Group CEO Mr. Zvi Schreiber commented: “Qatar Airways Cargo has been working closely with us to bring digitalisation and transparency to as many freight forwarders as possible since their launch of WebCargo by Freightos earlier this year. We are proud to now be expanding our partnership to include an additional 39 countries, allowing key markets such as India, Japan, and Latin America direct access to real-time pricing, capacity, and eBookings on the world’s largest cargo airline.”

Since launching WebCargo in February 2021 across France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain and the Netherlands, the airline has been quick to implement WebCargo across several countries in Europe and most recently, the USA** in July 2021. The global implementation across the carrier’s network will cover 72 countries where customers will have instant access to capacity and pricing.

Digitalisation is a key pillar of the carrier’s strategy as it moves towards more systems that allow for dynamic pricing, automatic quotations, seamless integration and enhanced reporting. The rollout of WebCargo’s eBooking platform across its network in a short span is an important digitalisation milestone for the airline.

*Implementation excludes: Algeria, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China (except Beijing), Colombia, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Macau SAR, Namibia, Nigeria, Russia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sudan, Uganda.

DP World BOXBAY DP World has completed testing of the BOXBAY high bay storage concept at the first full-size facility constructed at Jebel Ali port in Dubai, proving that the innovative technology works in the real world.

More than 63,000 container moves have been completed since the facility, which can hold 792 containers at a time, was commissioned beginning this year. The test exceeded expectations with BOXBAY faster and more energy efficient than anticipated.

BOXBAY is a Joint Venture between DP World and German industrial engineering specialist SMS group. The system stores containers in slots in a steel rack up to eleven high. It delivers three times the capacity of a conventional yard in which containers are stacked directly on top of each other, meaning the footprint of terminals can be reduced by 70 percent. In BOXBAY containers are moved in, out and between slots by fully electrified and automated cranes built into the structure. Individual containers can be accessed without moving any others. The whole system is designed to be fully powered by solar panels on the roof.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “This test proves that BOXBAY can revolutionise how ports and terminals operate. The technology we have developed with our joint venture partner SMS group dramatically expands capacity, increases efficiency, and makes the handling of containers more sustainable. BOXBAY is part of DP World’s vision to apply innovation to enable global trade and be a provider of smart logistics solutions.”

Modifications made during the trial compared to the original design further improve performance and significantly reduce investment required for future installations. High performance levels of BOXBAY – 19.3 moves per hour at each waterside transfer table to the straddle carrier and 31.8 moves per hour at each landside truck crane – will also reduce the equipment needed in a terminal. Operating costs are also lower than anticipated, with energy costs better by 29 percent, all at significantly reduced maintenance costs.

Mathias Dobner, Chairman and CEO of BOXBAY, said: “BOXBAY and its partner companies are very pleased with the results of the first six months of operation. In important parameters such as performance, reliability, energy consumption and many more our goals have been exceeded by far. For ports worldwide, this innovative and disruptive technology will not only increase their over-the-quay-wall handling volumes and container storage capacity, but will also allow them to make a further step towards sustainability, as power regeneration and solar panels on the roof help reduce the CO2 footprint to a minimum”.

ET IAI Ethiopian Airlines Group, the leading aviation group in Africa, establishes a global standard cargo Conversion program to convert the B-767-300 ER to dedicated freighter services in partnership agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, ‘’In line with our Diversified Aviation Business Model of Vision 2025, we have been increasing our cargo capacity in fleet, ground service infrastructure and cargo connectivity network. Accordingly, we are partnering with IAI, one of the global technology leaders in the Aerospace industry, in building a cargo conversion center in our MRO facilities in Addis Ababa Airport. The Cargo conversion center will commence its first business with three Ethiopian Airlines owned B-767-300 aircraft. The Cargo Conversion Center in Addis Ababa airport will expand its services to all airlines in Africa and the wider region. We are very happy that we are able to collaborate with IAI to enable us to expand our cargo and logistics services which is already the largest and leading cargo network in Africa. The capacity building will also help us expand our MRO services with cutting edge technology and knowledge transfer.”

Yossi Melamed, IAI's Executive VP and General Manager of Aviation Group on his part said: “We are witnessing a sharp rise in the demand for cargo aircraft as a result of the rise in e- commerce, which has peaked to record levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. IAI has an excellent reputation as a conversion center of passenger-to-freighters aircraft, and we are constantly receiving requests to open such conversion centers in more and more locations around the world. I am excited by the opening of the current center in Ethiopia and thank my colleagues in Ethiopian Airlines for the trust they have put in IAI’s Aviation Group, as the world’s leader in conversions."

The new passenger-to-freighter conversion centre, which will operate from the Ethiopian MRO centre in Addis Ababa, will provide solutions for the rising demand for cargo aircraft of B767 models. The conversion line in Ethiopia will join existing conversion sites IAI operates at its campus in Ben Gurion International Airport and in Mexico.

It is to be recalled that Ethiopian MRO, with its internal capacity, temporarily converted 25 of its passenger aircraft to freighter to boost its cargo capacity as demand to transport emergency medical supplies soared.

ASM Plant Parts Agency Sector Management’s (ASM) Sequoia Customs platform has been selected to provide full compliance for a new in-house Customs warehouse operated by Plant Parts, a family-owned independent construction machinery parts stockist.

Since new UK trade rules started in 2021, Plant Parts developed an in-house Customs warehouse to continue its operations and Sequoia has provided the flexibility, compliance, and range of services for the task.

“By bringing these systems in-house with Sequoia, we now have a rapid, cost-effective, and easy to use platform to ensure our compliance and quality customer services,” said Richard Finch, Director, Plant Parts.

“The new rules have caused disruption, so we have actively sought out a solution that can fit our exact needs which was found in Sequoia, and the ASM team have provided education and support throughout the whole process.”

Sequoia integrates into existing back-office systems and can be customised to make sure businesses are not paying for non-required additional features.

“The Sequoia solution can be customised to fit the needs of any sized business needing UK Customs compliance in the post-Brexit world,” said Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM.

“For businesses that are importing and exporting single items, the additional costs created by the new Customs declaration can be very high, and the time-consuming paperwork takes up valuable resources.

“Sequoia provides a clear, cost-effective, tailored approach that is connected to customs and all port community systems to process import, export, and transit shipments efficiently and accurately.”

ASM is an independent not-for-profit company, and its one-stop-shop Sequoia Customs Clearance software is used across the international freight supply chain to improve efficiency and compliance.

SOHAR Freezone encouraging results Building on its positive momentum, SOHAR Port and Freezone has announced encouraging results for the second quarter of 2021.

Among them, it reported that the Port’s handling of goods in and out of the Sultanate (throughput) increased by 14% over the same period in 2020 and Ship-to-Ship (STS) cargo increased by an impressive 168%.

Meanwhile, the number of handled containers came in at 190,000 TEU in addition to 804 vessel calls, up by 18% from the same period in 2020. The land occupancy at the freezone has also shown a rise of 10% since the same time last year. With a number of planned projects underway and coming up, SOHAR’s strategy to position itself as a central logistics hub in the region is well on track.

“Although the global economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, there is still a fair amount of uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic. Given these dynamics, our efforts to refine our business scenarios in order to emerge more resilient and adaptive have shown themselves to be well-placed and projections indicate that we are on course to exceed the amount of cargo that passed through in 2020. The port’s continual growth is a testament to the long-term value that we provide to our clients as we operate safely and efficiently to serve the industrial and economic sectors,” said Mark Geilenkirchen, Chief Executive Officer of SOHAR Port.

Omar Mahmood Al Mahrizi, CEO of SOHAR Freezone, Deputy CEO of SOHAR Port, added, “SOHAR’s rise to prominence has been extremely gratifying, but for us it’s still only the beginning. In alignment with the port’s impressive growth, we continue to make major investments in the freezone, while promoting it, and Oman in general, as a favourable business destination.The strategic location and an amenable trade environment presented huge potential for our stakeholders and partners. The vision to become a prosperous global trading hub is coming to fruition.”

SOHAR’s abundance of energy, raw materials and world-class logistics, coupled with generous incentives for local and international partners and the One-Stop-Shop system for all government clearances, provides a significant advantage for business that is sure to attract major players in the industry.

Nexxiot EurowagonSwiss IoT company Nexxiot and fast-growing Polish freight car rental company Eurowagon are working together.

Eurowagon was founded in 2018 and has since become the leading freight car rental company with the largest independent fleet in Poland. The company's agile approach allows for rapid expansion and integration of the latest industry developments. As a result, Eurowagon and Nexxiot have now started a cooperation and are equipping Eurowagon's fleet with Nexxiot products. Nexxiot's hardware and software solutions will contribute to the transparency and safety of the Eurowagon fleet and its cargo.

Transparency and security on rail are trending topics that are currently of great importance to all companies operating on rail around the world. While other companies are still hesitating due to historical or corporate decisions, Eurowagon’s youthful agility enables them to adopt the latest technological innovations to stay competitive. The gateway devices used to equip Eurowagon’s non-powered freight wagons, called Globehoppers, deliver data in near real-time. This data allows decision-makers to gain full visibility and transparency into their daily operations. This cutting-edge technology ensures that rail processes are as secure and efficient as possible.

“We are free from legacy issues because we are able to take a ‘greenfield’ approach and ensure digital readiness from day one. We respond to the needs of our customer and stay ahead of any trend in the industry. By 2026, we will increase our fleet to 4,500 wagons, becoming the largest professional rolling stock company for the rental of rail freight wagons in Central and Eastern Europe. To achieve this, we strive to integrate the latest technologies and ideas into the company now to offer our clients the best possible service,” says Marek Gołębiewski, Technical Director at Eurowagon, who strongly supports the current cooperation with Nexxiot.

Especially regarding fleet safety, Eurowagon expects technology to add significant value. “We use the Nexxiot product to supervise the planning of periodic repairs and prevent potentially dangerous situations through continuous monitoring our fleet. Particularly in the rare cases where unplanned incidents occur, real-time notifications via the Nexxiot intelligent cloud are a great advantage. We are able to quickly pinpoint exactly where and when the event occurred, and which wagons were affected and how severely due to in-depth shock analytics. The data insights also help us speed up the regulatory processes required to investigate how the event happened, because now we have the tools to prove exactly when the incident occurred and how big the impact on the equipment was, We are pleased with Nexxiot's openness to derive significant experience and adapt the product to our individual needs," Marek Gołębiewski went on to say.

Nexxiot CEO Stefan Kalmund sees a special correlation between transparency and security: “Security has a lot to do with trust. Nowadays, digital solutions that create transparency in operations allow companies to provide their clients with all the relevant insights and proof of ‘duty of care’. Together with the team at Eurowagon, we are able to explore the specific needs of the Polish market and collaborate in finding the perfect customized solution for the company. In the process of working together, we found that Nexxiot and Eurowagon are a natural fit, because progressive thinking around data-driven innovation is a priority in both companies."

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