Electrolux opts for Maersk and CMA CGM solutions to decarbonize its transport
Electrolux will now use more sustainable fuels for 25% of its ocean freight, says the major brand of household appliances. As part of its objectives? the Swedish shipper will entrust part of its containerized freight to CMA CGM’s dual-fuel fleet with LNG while benefiting from a share of biomethane origin guarantee, and another to Maersk’s powered container ships powered by a blend of second-generation biofuels (from waste oils) and of conventional fuel. “This biofuel generates 88% less greenhouse gas emissions than bunker fuel and is certified as a sustainable fuel by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC),” Electrolux says of biofuels.
The company estimates that with its two solutions, “the most efficient currently available on the market”, it could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions generated by its offshore transport by 15% by 2022.
Restructured, SOMAP offers itself a new sustainable horizon
Starting in the first quarter of 2022, customers will discover a modern, competitive 140,000 m2 terminal with automated access. SOMAP and AMS remain the handlers, but the land part will be handled by a new entity: Rouen Containers Terminal (RCT), the result of the pooling of material and human resources of the two handling companies.
As in large port areas, road carriers will be able to access the terminal via an appointment to streamline the port passage. A state-of-the-art “OSCAR” Terminal Operating System, used worldwide, will be deployed to improve the management of the TCMD terminal through the automation of operations.
The three-part restructuring plan, developed to make SOMAP viable, was designed to size the company to current container traffic and modernize it.
Port of Rotterdam launches drone regulations pilot
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced it will start a pilot on drone regulations to ensure traffic is coordinated properly.
This is the first pilot of its kind to be introduced in the Netherlands. This pilot aims to help the Port of Rotterdam Authority draw up a proper set of rules for safe traffic in its “very low-level airspace”. “The number of drone flights – for inspections, security, crime detection, and in the not-too-distant future for parcel delivery – is increasing,” said the Port of Rotterdam Authority in a statement.
“Drones are fast, clean, relatively cheap, and safe, and require little maintenance. In the hybrid port of the future, drones will be used in addition to vessels, trains, and trucks for the transport of freight and passengers.”
It is expected that the first vertiports might be tested in Rotterdam early as 2024, followed two years later by the first commercial flights using flying taxis.
MSC considers 28 new LNG container ship orders
The hyper-bulimic MSC is not done with managing its appetite for container ships. The company is reportedly close to signing 28 firm orders for LNG container ships with a capacity of 7,500 to 8,000 TEUs, according to Alphaliner. To get its hands on these ships as quickly as possible, MSC would have distributed the orders among several shipyards.