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Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have released a final report on the current state and overall feasibility of using clean cargo-handling equipment technology, while working toward the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update’s 2030 goal of a zero-emissions cargo-handling fleet.

The final 2021 feasibility assessment for cargo-handling equipment is available on the Clean Air Action Plan website, posted here.

The ports released a draft assessment in March 2022 for public review and comment. It built upon the inaugural 2018 assessment and examined the current state of technology, operational characteristics, economic considerations, infrastructure availability, and commercial readiness related to cleaner cargo-handling equipment. The final report addresses feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders.

Updated in 2017, the CAAP contains a comprehensive strategy to accelerate progress toward a zero-emissions future while protecting and strengthening the ports’ competitive position in the global economy. As part of this strategy, the ports committed to developing feasibility assessments every three years for terminal equipment and drayage trucks to inform their approach to meeting those goals.

Currently, the ports are demonstrating 56 pieces of cargo-handling equipment, including zero-emissions yard tractors, top handlers, forklifts, and rubber-tired gantry cranes, and 16 class 8 on-road trucks, including hybrid, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell technologies, with a number of additional terminal equipment and on-road trucks to be commissioned by the end of the year. The ports plan to continue demonstrating advanced technologies to accelerate the adoption of clean cargo-handling equipment at the nation’s busiest seaport complex.

Since 2005, port-related air pollution emissions in San Pedro Bay have dropped 90% for diesel particulate matter, 63% for nitrogen oxides and 97% for sulfur oxides. Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP Update. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The CAAP was originally approved in 2006.

Luka Koper 2022The Luka Koper Group performed well in the first half of 2022 and achieved very good operating results.

Net sales revenue increased by 35% compared to the first half of the previous year and amounted to EUR 155.1 million. All financial indicators were exceeded. Realized throughput in the first half of this year amounted to 11.7 million tons, up 13% compared to last year.

Containers continue to dominate among the commodity groups, despite the fact that this segment has been heavily affected by irregular ship arrivals from congested Chinese ports, which has the effect of delaying normal land cargo shipments at the ports. The Container Terminal has successfully coped with the new situation, achieving 3% growth in the first half of the year with 526,500 TEUs handled. The general cargoes segment recorded a notable 25% increase in throughput, mainly due to higher volumes of steel products and rubber. The Liquid Cargo Terminal achieved a significant 41% increase in throughput, while the dry bulk and bulk cargoes segment saw a 20% increase in throughput. Positive trends are also continuing at the Car Terminal, where 367,332 cars were handled in the first half of the year, an increase of 11% compared to the same period last year. The increase is particularly significant in the handling of electric vehicles.

The excellent operating results of the Luka Koper Group are also reflected in the net sales revenues achieved. They exceeded the net sales revenues of the first half of 2021 by EUR 40.4 million, or 35%, and amounted to EUR 155.1 million. The increase was mainly driven by higher warehousing income, due to the increased dwell time of goods, but was also influenced by price increases and increased volumes of handling and auxiliary services.

Operating expenses also increased by 11% in the first half of the year, mainly due to a general increase in the cost of materials and services, but this had no impact on the Group’s EBIT, which, at EUR 48 million, was 170% higher than the EBIT achieved in the same period last year. The Group’s net profit of EUR 41.5 million was 169% higher than in the first half of the previous year.

The Luka Koper Group continues its activities in the field of investments. In 2022, it started to implement some major investments in the Container Terminal area, which represents a new development cycle for this most important strategic segment. In the first half of 2022, a total of EUR 31.9 million was invested.

SEKO new appointments SEKO Logistics is signaling their next phase of international airfreight growth with two global appointments to leverage opportunities from client demand for critical products, expansion of cross-border ecommerce, and new business from acquired companies.

Christopher Gregg joins SEKO as Senior Vice President Global Airfreight from his previous role as Vice President Airfreight, North America, at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. His experience spans airfreight management roles with C.H. Robinson, Kuehne + Nagel, and Expeditors International. At SEKO, he is based in Atlanta, in recognition of the city’s role as a global airfreight hub, and its strategic importance to SEKO going forward.

Shawn Richard, appointed as SEKO’s first VP of Global Airfreight in 2018, has also been promoted to Senior Vice President International Service Centers (ISCs) and will remain based in New York. Richard joined SEKO four years ago, having formerly worked with DHL Global Forwarding, Geodis, and Delta Airlines.

SEKO has been transitioning from their legacy Airfreight Gateway structure to operational International Service Centers - which has facilitated and enabled tremendous growth in airfreight and ecommerce shipping service offerings.

SEKO’s USA ISCs are currently operating in JFK and LAX and will be expanding into several other key markets over the next 6-12 months. SEKO ISCs are critical for ecommerce and air freight operations as they are Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF), as well as an acting import CFS for inbound parcels from Europe and Asia. With a global remit to optimize SEKO’s current ISCs and to implement further ISCs across the U.S. and globally to meet the service requirements of airfreight clients.

These key global roles will enable SEKO to “structure and grow our global airfreight product, build our global airfreight team, and drive our airfreight focus in the U.S., Asia Pacific and Europe,” said Steen Christensen, who joined the company in June as Chief Operating Officer – International to lead SEKO’s Air and Ocean freight product growth.

“Strengthening our airfreight leadership team with new people and new roles reflects the increasing importance this product is having on our organization. As we expand geographically – both organically and through acquisitions – we must have the appropriate leadership in place to manage the future development and expansion of our airfreight products. These new appointments for Chris and Shawn support the needs of our customers and airline partners, the growth of our volumes, and the new business we are gaining,” he stated. “Airfreight is one of our fastest-growing products, particularly as it pertains to our position in Asia Pacific and Europe. This is being driven largely by the significant cross-border ecommerce growth we are helping our clients to achieve.”

SEKO will also be growing their carrier partnerships. “We will continue to build our strong carrier relationships, while making room for new carriers to participate in our business going forward. We will also be working with carriers on products which are aligned to our sustainability goals over the coming years,” Steen said.

maersk charlotte pride festivalMaersk’s rainbow 40’ container - one of 19 containers (and growing) that are deployed in the company’s global operations participated in the Charlotte Pride Parade on Sunday, August 21.

Maersk maintains a fleet of specially-painted rainbow containers which participate in DEI events around the world. The rainbow containers have appeared in Pride events and parades this summer in Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Genoa, Italy; Zurich, Switzerland; Chennai, India; Santiago, Chile; Guayaquil, Ecuador and Lima, Peru amongst others.

On Friday, August 19th the rainbow container was at the Maersk Charlotte office on 9300 Arrowpoint Boulevard as part of an employee event featuring local North Carolina barbeque food, a taco truck and music for employees – who were able to go inside the container to sign their names in support of the initiative. For both this event and the parade, the Maersk rainbow container was mounted to a Pride-decorated 40 foot chassis provided by DCLI, the largest supplier of chassis equipment to the U.S. intermodal industry.

"Maersk is proud to demonstrate our commitment to DEI which are core principles of our company working environment. Maersk’s rainbow containers have served as a symbol of inclusion and diversity, boldly sharing with the world the company’s stand on creating a culture where all employees, partners, and customers feel welcomed and can be themselves without judgment." Derrick Shirley, Maersk North America’s Regional Head of HR Business Partners, based in Charlotte.

Mr. Shirley accompanied the container in the Charlotte Pride Parade on Sunday as executive sponsor.

Back in July 2020, two Maersk containers were skillfully painted in the United States with a rainbow to join Maersk’s fleet and embarked on their first World Tour. The first part of the journey was aboard the Maersk Edmonton from APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles to Yokohama, Japan. The containers stopped at several locations across Asia and Europe, before finally ending their tour in Denmark for the Copenhagen Pride parade in 2021.

During their World Tour, the containers have been made available to A.P. Moller-Maersk employees during strategic points in the journey for them to sign – and around the world, many have taken the chance to share their hopes for a future of improved diversity and inclusion.

The rainbow fleet of containers are part of Maersk’s working global container fleet and deployments have included humanitarian aid to hurricane survivors in Louisiana on September 6, 2020. APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama, the Alabama State Port Authority, Maersk Special Projects & Team Rubicon worked together collect over 36,000 lbs. of water, non-perishable food and other emergency supplies for distribution to victims of Hurricane Laura in communities surrounding Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Maersk’s clients have also showed interest in the use of these rainbow containers to move their goods around the world, and during the tour they have visited numerous customer sites for employee events.

"The response from our customers has been overwhelming, with many wanting to be part of the tour and others asking for more rainbow containers." Rob Townley
Global Head of Special Project Logistics Growth Enablement in Washington D.C., and one of the initiators of the World Tour.

In Charlotte, Maersk employs 1000+ people (and growing) along with APM Terminals North America, representing the company’s largest office in Maersk North America's network of 50 offices and 10,000 colleagues.

ONEOcean Network Express (ONE), one of the world’s largest global ocean carriers, has gone live with automated digital transfer of contract rates and global tariffs capable of feeding WiseTech Global’s leading logistics execution platform, CargoWise.

The digital connection enables ONE to share fully digital, confidential contracted rates and published global tariff surcharges with customers using a standardized CargoWise rates structure and API, making it faster and easier to book a shipment. The rollout of fully digital, real-time feeds will be progressive and cover all major global trade lanes as it expands to other CargoWise customers and product family users.

Sundeep Sibal, Senior Vice President of Global Commercial and Service Management, at ONE, said: “We are delighted with the fully digital integration which we can now offer to customers of ONE and CargoWise. Offering a live connection between ONE and CargoWise allows us to deliver a rapid, accurate, and complete picture to our shared customers that will ultimately lead to long-term efficiencies and cost reductions. This direct connection demonstrates our firm commitment to digitalization and innovation to support our customers.”

Ashley Skaanild, Regional VP – Logistics Data & Connectivity at WiseTech Global, said: “ONE has been working with us for years now on digital booking and tracking messaging. In an industry dominated by spreadsheets and costly data and error prone rekeying of information, ONE has shown real technology and business leadership in progressing their digital connectivity to rates, to help our shared customers connect securely and reliably in real-time.

“We continue to work hard to link, automate and digitize ocean carriers and to remove vast amounts of manual work that create cost, inaccuracy and delay in sales, operations, and finance functions. The CargoWise digital adaptors provide standardized, easy to implement connections for ocean carriers to deliver schedules, contract rates, spot and dynamic pricing, ebooking, tracking and invoice management, for ocean carriers and their high-volume customers,” Mr Skaanild said.

DAKOSY anniversary DAKOSY, Hamburg's original start-up for digitalization, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Driven by the port industry, DAKOSY was founded in 1982 with the aim of staying ahead of competition from other seaports as a "faster port." With its numerous IT platforms, DAKOSY is now an established digitalizer for neutral logistics solutions far beyond the city limits of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

The widespread acceptance in the industry is reflected by the significant number of users. In the port of Hamburg, more than 2,500 enterprises from port operations, logistics, manufacturing and trade as well as many public authorities are connected to DAKOSY’s Port Community System. At Frankfurt Airport, the cargo community platform FAIR@link, which has been in operation since 2015, counts over 700 participants. Another important pillar is contributed by smart solutions in the areas of customs and forwarding, with more than 2,000 freight forwarders, industry and trading companies in Europe who work with these solutions daily.

"All applications are based on the principle of recording transport chain data only once, and then making it available at the earliest possible time – an idea that has been fundamental to us since 1982," explains board member Dieter Spark. This enables the parties involved to optimize the planning of their capacities at transshipment points and for the pre-carriage and onward carriage, as well as process-oriented automation for authorities and customs declarations.

DAKOSY received a boost in the establishment of Hamburg’s Port Community System with the introduction of the IT platform ZAPP (Customs Export Monitoring in the Paperless Port), which was created together with the port industry and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in 1997. "As soon as the main customs office had agreed upon the one-hundred percent electronic provision of export data, all loading forwarders and exporters had to be connected within a very short time," says DAKOSY board member Dieter Spark, citing one of the biggest challenges. Within a few months, the platform was established and soon it seemed that hardly anyone could remember how the port had previously functioned without ZAPP.

Another milestone for DAKOSY was its entry into air cargo logistics. Following the example of the Port Community System at the Port of Hamburg, the software provider began to build a digital cargo community platform at Frankfurt Airport in 2009. DAKOSY CEO Ulrich Wrage points out the gains in efficiency that have been achieved since then: "For example, when all parties involved use our platform for their imports, air freight shipments can be handled at the airport and delivered to customers up to 50 percent faster than in 2009." The Cargo Community System allows full integration of a wide range of requirements - from slot booking and door control to automation of customs processes.

Looking ahead to the next several years, Wrage and Spark expect high potential for the networking of IT platforms along transport chains. "Real-time chain transparency is needed to be able to react immediately to any disruptions and thus prevent production stoppages or delays," asserts Wrage. The two board members have identified significant added value for the company in the areas of networking with other ports and the integration of cargo loading and infrastructure data.

CNG CNG Fuels, Europe’s leading supplier of renewable biomethane for transport, today announces the opening of its tenth low-carbon HGV refuelling station in Castleford, as demand for the fuel takes off, with the number of bio-CNG powered trucks on the road doubling in the last year alone.

The new station means that CNG Fuels can now refuel 5000 HGVs across the UK daily, saving up to 1,600 tonnes of CO2 every day, or 584,000 tonnes of CO2 annually when compared to diesel – equivalent to powering over 113,000 homes for an entire year.

HGVs account for 4.2% of UK carbon emissions, putting the sector at the core of the UK’s goal of achieving net zero by 2050. Last year, the UK government set out plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel HGV from 2040[i], heightening the urgency for fleets across the country to find alternative solutions to petrol and diesel HGVs.

Renewable biomethane – derived from food waste and manure by CNG Fuels – is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative fuel to diesel available to HGVs today, cutting emissions by over 90% whilst providing up to a 40% lifetime fuel cost saving.

The new station in Castleford is the company’s 10th operational site, extending the range of low-carbon deliveries into North East England. The site can refuel up to 500 HGVs per day, cutting 67,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually when fully utilised – equivalent to the annual emissions of over 40,000 cars.[ii] Most of the UK is already within a 300-mile round trip of a CNG Fuels renewable biomethane refuelling station and the site will put Leeds, Hull, and Wakefield within its range, serving local and passing fleets using the M1, A1 and M18.

Located in the Normanton Industrial Estate, CNG Fuels’ newest station will give multiple existing CNG Fuels customers, including major household brands and new local fleet operators, access to low carbon biomethane.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Fleet operators around the world are urgently seeking ways to cut emissions from their fleets. In the UK, fleet operators can do so today by adopting biomethane. Our fast-growing network of refuelling infrastructure has made biomethane more accessible than ever before, and fleets – ranging from local hauliers through to major household brands – are dramatically cutting emissions every day. Our newest station in Castleford is building on our existing network, enabling low carbon deliveries all the way from Inverness to Cornwall.”

Aldi becomes the latest major brand to adopt biomethane
Aldi, the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket, is the latest major brand to adopt bio-CNG HGVs and is among many other household brands, including Royal Mail, Waitrose, and Warburtons to use CNG Fuels’ newest site.
Liz Fox, National Corporate Responsibility Director, UK at Aldi, said: “Aldi is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and adopting bio-CNG HGVs is another step forward in our plans to cut emissions from our UK fleets. CNG Fuels’ latest station in Castleford opens the door to major transport networks into the North East, and their growing network will only continue to extend the number of low carbon deliveries that we can make across the country every day.”

Demand for the fuel from fleet operators is growing at around 100% per annum, and CNG Fuels forecasts the demand to continue to accelerate, with around 10% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet expected to run on Bio-CNG by 2025. CNG Fuels has seen rapid growth in demand since the start of 2022 as the benefits of Bio-CNG begins to reach the mass market. Orders for 6x2 Iveco trials – one of the latest CNG-ready HGVs to be launched to the market – have reached an all-time high as the market moves away from early adopting large fleets, to fleets of all sizes.

The Castleford station joins nine other refuelling stations operated by CNG Fuels across the UK, including the world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station in Avonmouth near Bristol. The company plans to have 20 large public access stations in operation by the end of 2023, with sites in Newton Aycliffe and Corby entering the construction phase at the end of July 2022.

Last year the company announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its sites to ensure stations are ready to support a multi-fuel future as different technologies develop and become commercially viable. The first hydrogen trails are due to begin this year and by 2025, CNG Fuels plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.

CNG Fuels was recently announced as the winner of the British Renewable Energy Award for Low Carbon Transport by the REA (The Association for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology), a recognition of the company’s role in enabling fleets across the UK to drastically reduce emissions from road transport.

FedEx freight truckPACCAR (NYSE: PCAR), a leading global truck manufacturer, announced it will work with Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), a global power solutions provider, to offer the new Cummins X15N natural gas engine in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

The X15N is the first natural gas engine to be specifically designed for heavy-duty truck applications with up to 500 horsepower output.

“We believe we can help our customers achieve their goals by lowering the barriers to fleet adoption of sustainable power solutions by using proven engine technology and leveraging existing infrastructure, and giving them affordable options for their business goals,” said John Rich, PACCAR chief technology officer.

Together with several customers including FedEx Freight and Knight-Swift, PACCAR and Cummins will demonstrate the ability to achieve low-to-zero carbon emissions for long-haul transport using internal combustion engine technology and operating on renewable natural gas (RNG).

“The X15N is essential to our commitment to help customers reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and to improve NOx. Importantly for the customer, the X15N will reduce the cost of adopting low emissions technologies for their fleet, and gives them the confidence to do so, built on the strong foundation of more than 30 years of experience with natural gas,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, Vice President and President, Cummins Engine Business.

When operating on RNG, also known as biomethane, the X15N engine will be able to achieve major reductions in the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks. This can range from a 90 percent reduction to carbon neutral, or even carbon negative, depending on the bio-source and waste feedstock used to produce the fuel.

The new X15N is capable of lower NOx levels than the 2024 EPA and CARB standards. Equally impressive is the 1,850 ft-lbs. of peak torque output provided by the X15N, which will provide optimum performance when paired with Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies HD and XD Transmission.

Rhenus 360The new location images combine informative content and interactive aerial views of a total of 34 sea and inland ports within the Rhenus Group.

The user can navigate independently within the 360-degree images and access further views as well as info boxes with the respective location information.

The 360-degree images were created as an additional tool to give customers and partners a real view of the port facilities on site and to highlight, for example, access routes, development areas or plant equipment. ‘We can use this map in such a versatile and descriptive way when communicating with our existing and potential customers and quickly provide an overview of the locations,’ reports Mevlüt Gündüz, Sales Coordinator and Project Manager at Rhenus Port Logistics as well as the main project manager responsible.

 

Maersk DeboFollowing the announcement of six strategic green methanol partnerships across the globe earlier this year, A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) adds a seventh methanol partnership with Chinese bioenergy enterprise Debo on the quest to boost global production capacity.

The parties have signed a Letter of Intent covering Debo’s plans to develop a bio-methanol project for Maersk in China with capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year to start commercial operation by fall 2024.

"Maersk has set an ambitious end-to-end net-zero goal for 2040 and the availability of green methanol at scale is critical to our fleet’s transition to sustainable energy. Partnerships across ecosystems and geographies are essential for the scale-up needed in order to make meaningful progress on this agenda already in this decade. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Debo on this journey." Berit Hinnemann, Head of Green Fuels Sourcing, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

The feedstock for the green bio-methanol will be agricultural residues. Maersk intends to offtake the full volume produced.

"The use of green methanol as marine fuel to replace the existing fossil fuel is groundbreaking in the container shipping history and will strongly promote the development of green shipping. It is a great honor for Debo to work with A.P. Moller - Maersk to promote the commercialization of the green methanol industrial chain. I firmly believe that through the cooperation, we are able to realize the commercial production and industrial conversion of green methanol and contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." Zhang Shoujun, Chairman and General Manager, Debo.

In March, Maersk announced six partnerships with CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Orsted, Proman, and WasteFuel with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tonnes/year by end of 2025 - well beyond the green methanol needed for the first 12 green container vessels currently on order.

CP 2Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced a new two-year collective agreement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) – Train and Engine following binding arbitration.

The new agreement includes a 3.5 percent wage increase in 2022 and 2023 and increased benefits. Under the arbitration decision, the TCRC will also join a CP Pension Improvement Account. The new collective agreement runs through 2023.

"CP welcomes the conclusion of arbitration and is pleased to have completed this agreement with the TCRC Negotiating Committee," said CP President and CEO Keith Creel. "We continue to work with our union partners to reach agreements that meet the needs of our industry-leading railroaders and allow us to grow our business as we provide essential services for our customers and the North American supply chain."

TCRC represents approximately 3,000 locomotive engineers, conductors, train and yard workers across Canada.

CP and TCRC agreed to enter binding arbitration in March 2022 to resolve outstanding matters as part of a new collective agreement, including wages and pensions.

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