The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal is an expansion of SSA’s current leasehold at Blount Island and includes $238.7 million in infrastructure and equipment upgrades. Operations will continue throughout the redevelopment, which is expected to be complete in 2023—coinciding with the completion of the federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet. Harbour Deepening is ahead of its original schedule and anticipated to be finished later that year, based on continued funding.
Phased yard improvements are underway at the terminal that will allow the facility to accommodate up to 700,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) annually. Berth upgrades are expected to be complete in 2021 and will allow the terminal to simultaneously work two post-Panamax vessels. The Jacksonville Harbour Deepening Project includes construction of a vessel turning basin that will allow larger vessels calling on the terminal to turn at Blount Island.
The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal offers 80 acres of terminal operating space, with the option to grow up to 120 acres as space becomes available. The facility features three post-Panamax electric container cranes and terminal plans include the addition of three more state-of-the-art container cranes. The facility is expected to create or protect 3,500 jobs, in addition to attracting new businesses and jobs resulting from the terminal’s increased efficiency and capacity.
During the groundbreaking, Admiral Buzby formally presented JAXPORT with a previously awarded $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will fund terminal enhancements that will allow the facility to accommodate more containers on an expanded footprint.
“An investment in the Port of Jacksonville delivers benefits for the local economy and for American workers. It is a central part of President Trump and Secretary Chao’s belief of investing in infrastructure to grow our economy and create jobs,” said Admiral Buzby. “This grant will also indirectly help support the jobs of the American civilian mariners who crew military sealift vessels that help us carry the fight wherever we must go.”
“This facility represents a milestone in the evolution of our port,” said JAXPORT Vice Chairman Jamie Shelton. “Together, with the support of Secretary Elaine Chao, our federal, state and local partners, and SSA Marine—we are investing in our region’s future and ensuring JAXPORT can continue to create more jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Northeast Florida.”
Ari Steinberg. SSA Marine Vice President of Project Engineering and Implementation, said, “This public-private partnership enables SSA to provide a world-class facility for our customers while investing in Northeast Florida—a community in which we have proudly served for more than four decades.”
The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal is a public-private partnership between JAXPORT and SSA Marine, with more than 65% of the landside improvements being funded by SSA. The facility is a 4-mile dray from JAXPORT’s Dames Point Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, offering direct service to and from Atlanta and Chicago, with additional service from Detroit.
A recent economic impact study found that cargo activity at Jacksonville’s seaport generates more than 26,000 jobs in Northeast Florida and supports nearly $31.1 billion in annual economic output for the region and state.
With the new full LED rear lights for the VW Golf VI and the Ford Fiesta MK7, Osram is using the latest rear lighting upgrades - from halogen to LED, simply by plug and play. The innovative design underlines the character of the car and perfectly matches the vehicles’ LEDriving headlights.
The colour-intensive, powerful LEDs in the position light, brake light and turn signals are sure to attract attention, even in heavy traffic. A legal performance and design upgrade that pays off: The LED rear lights are available at a recommended retail price of €399 ($439) with a two-year warranty.
Following the success of the LEDriving headlamp for the VW Golf VII, Osram is extending its range of headlamps this winter to include the VW Amarok and the BMW 1 Series (F20 series). The stylish advances allow drivers to upgrade from halogen or xenon headlamps to state-of-the-art LED technology. The result: Up to three times more light output than comparable standard products.
Retrofitting is simple and can be completed without any further modifications to the vehicle. The high-quality headlamps create added value and were awarded the Automechanika 2018 Innovation Prize and the German Innovation Award 2019. Osram is offering a pre-order discount on the new models especially for the Essen Motor Show. Visitors to the Osram stand will be given further information.
The dynamic mirror direction indicator is the ideal LED supplement for retrofitters. The powerful mirror indicator works synchronously with the indicators of the LEDriving headlamps and rear lights and rounds off the exterior light design. The colour-intensive dynamics of the turn signal on the mirror make it easier for the driver to attract the attention of oncoming traffic. Plug and play technology ensures a quick and easy installation. While the dynamic mirror flasher was previously only available for the VW Golf VII, it is now also offered for the BMW (Series 1-4) and the Seat Leon.
Together with its suppliers, therefore, Audi is developing measures to reduce CO2 emissions that take effect already in that phase. The focus of the CO2 programme is on particularly energy-intensive materials used in production, such as aluminium, steel and battery components.
In 30 workshops with suppliers, 50 measures have so far been developed with the potential to reduce CO2 per car by 1.2 tons. Specific potential for CO2 reductions exists in closed material cycles, successive increases in secondary materials, the use of recycled materials in plastic components and the use of green electricity.
For future orders, Audi intends to agree with its suppliers on the implementation of these measures, which are to be fully effective by 2025. The use of green power has been an integral element of supplier agreements with manufacturers of high-voltage battery cells since 2018. The company analyses the effectiveness of these measures on the basis of lifecycle analyses and has them certified by independent third parties.
Audi plans to conduct further workshops next year in order to identify additional potential. The comprehensive programme includes sub-suppliers as well as direct suppliers.
Bernd Martens, Board of Management Member for Procurement and IT at Audi AG, said: “Already in the first year of the CO2 Programme, we identified 50 concrete measures with our partners that contribute to the consistent decarbonisation of our company. We are also creating more transparency in the supply chain.”
As the first step, Audi is focusing on aluminium, because the production of this material consumes a lot of energy. Audi has launched several innovations to make progress here.
Audi introduced the so-called aluminium closed loop at its Neckarsulm plant in 2017. The aluminium-sheet offcuts produced in the press plant are returned directly to the supplier, where they are prepared and reprocessed. Audi then uses the new aluminium sheets produced in this way in its production. On balance, Audi reduced CO2 emissions by about 90,000 tons in this way in 2018 alone. In the future, Audi will roll out the aluminium closed loop at other plants.
With a view to the economical use of resources, Audi is also currently examining the possibility of increasing the proportion of components made of secondary aluminium. In addition, the company is sensitising its direct suppliers to the use of renewable energy in the production of components also at the sub-supplier level.
Audi requires its battery-cell suppliers to use green electricity in cell production. This requirement is a fixed and binding component of all new orders for the supply of high-voltage battery cells. Before an order is placed, suppliers must submit an appropriate green-power concept.
Audi intends to make its contribution to achieving the Paris climate targets. The company is pursuing the ambitious, self-imposed vision of working towards CO2 neutrality on balance by 2050. To achieve this goal, Audi is starting at the beginning of the value chain and in 30 workshops with suppliers since 2018, has identified a total of 50 measures with a reduction potential of 1.2 tons of CO2 per car.
United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct three new generation PCTC with China Ship Builidng Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd.
UECC has secured “Green Financing” from Svenska SkeppsHypotek in the amount of approximately $70 million for the new vessels, a confirmed order of 3 vessels in total, being delivered from July 2021 and onwards. Securing “Green Financing” makes UECC eligible for reductions in borrowing cost.
"UECC has clear sustainability ambitions reducing harmful emissions and believe Our new vessels will be an important step in this direction. Securing “Green Financing” gives a is a further step in the right direction making our whole value chain, from vessel to finance, more environmental," said UECC’s CFO, Thomas Thue.
The vessels will be equipped with a Battery Hybrid LNG Solution which will place UECC beyond IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.
“This is a giant leap towards decarbonization, and unlike anything else that has been done previously in our industry, I believe, and something that we are extremely proud of,” stated UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen.
The vessels will have a length overall of 169 metres, a width of 28 metres and a car carrying capacity of 3 600 units on 10 cargo decks, of which 2 decks are hoistable. This will make the vessels extremely flexible enabling them to accommodate a multitude of high & heavy and break-bulk mafi cargoes, which are cargo segments, in addition to the cars, that UECC has built a significant portfolio of over the years. The vessels will have a quarter ramp of 160 metric tons safe working load and a side ramp of 20 metric tons safe working load and can accommodate cargo units up to 5.2 meters high.
To ensure a significant reduction in the environmental footprint, UECC, Jiangnan Shipyard and leading ship Designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) will build the PCTCs according to some of the most innovative and the latest energy efficiency criteria.
The vessels will meet the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021. In respect of the 2021 CO2 reduction regulations, the vessels will also be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries.
"The environment is at the top of UECC's agenda” said Edvardsen. UECC’s Head of Ship Management, Jan Thore Foss, added “UECC's experience with LNG PCTCs has been very good and there was really no other alternative for us” and added “the LNG solution will reduce the CO2 emission by about 25%.”
To make the vessels even more environmentally friendly and to cut CO2 emissions further, the vessels will also be equipped with battery packages. "We are investing in the future. Our solution will take us beyond IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030,” underlined Edvardsen.
As more bio fuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UECC aims to also use carbon neutral and synthetic fuels as part of our future fuel mix. "In our strategy we take a long-term view and that's why we go for a battery hybrid LNG fuel solution on our newbuildings,” said Edvardsen.
UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen, concluded with the following statement: “UECC has again taken leadership, and responded to future environmental regulations and market demands, with technological innovation, quality and sustainability and we will continue to do so. Furthermore, we will exceed current and future environmental regulations.”
International Car Operators (ICO) in Zeebrugge will be the location for the largest onshore wind farm in Flanders with a total capacity of 44 MW. ENGIE also provided the largest "electric charging island" in the country with 308 electric charging points. It is the largest onshore wind project on one industrial site in Flanders, operated by one operator: 44 MW of locally produced green energy from 11 wind turbines will be used in the second half of 2020 by the local community, by ICO itself and by moored ships.
The annual production amounts to no less than 110 GWh, enough to provide electricity to around 30,000 families and to keep 50,000 tons of CO2 emissions out of the air every year. The wind turbines are an important step forward in ICO's ambition to create a "green terminal", but are not the only realisation in that context.
Earlier this year, ENGIE provided the largest "electric charging island" in Belgium with 154 double charging points from EVBox, a subsidiary of ENGIE. This impressive infrastructure with a capacity of 3.4 MW has been operational since February 2019 and allows to charge 100,000 electric vehicles per year, or more than 2,000 per week.
Southampton is the UK’s number one export port and primary automotive port, handling 900,000 cars every year. This project, costing £4.3 million ($5.55 million), is part of an ongoing programme of investment in infrastructure and quayside facilities to ensure the Port of Southampton keeps Britain trading. The former Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) building, which historically has been a prominent feature in the port’s skyline, is being taken down along with a dry goods storage shed in the Eastern Docks.
The space generated will play a critical role in the movement and trade of High and Heavy – typically exports of farm, construction or specialist machinery and vehicles. Once the work is complete, the largest car carriers (Ro-Ro) in the world will be able to berth in this newly created space generating further opportunities for international trade.
Regional Director for Southampton Alastair Welch said: "Continued investment around the port is essential and ensures that we stay one step ahead of adapting to our customers’ growing and changing needs.”
The Port of Southampton handles £71 billion ($91.59 billion) of trade every year, generating more than £2.5 billion ($3.23 billion) for the economy. This phase of investment marks the latest in a number of large-scale projects in recent years to ensure the port can continue to welcome the world’s largest container ships and cruise vessels.
Since 2016, Levesque has worked for Modern Terminals Limited in Hong Kong, as Group Managing Director And CEO. He brings more than 30 years of maritime industry experience. During his nine-year tenure with Modern Terminals, Levesque led the company through a successful Public Private Partnership in Hong Kong. His extensive industry experience and proven commercial and operational results will serve Ports America well.
“I am thrilled to have Peter be part of our leadership team of the Ports America platform. Ports America remains focused on providing best-in-class service to many of the world’s leading shipping lines as well as the work we have completed in improving workflow solutions to beneficial cargo owners to drive dramatic growth for the company,” said Ports America CEO Mark Montgomery.
Ports America one of the leaders in the North American marine terminal sector with its tri-coastal footprint handling containers, roll-on/roll-off and breakbulk/heavy lift cargo and cruise passengers.
“Having Peter Levesque join Mark Montgomery, Rick Surett and Jim Pelliccio as a core part of the management team is central to the strategic growth plan for Ports America,” added Dave Starling, the Chairman of the company board. “Peter’s strong leadership, experience and success in building superior organisations gives the board the utmost confidence that this team will drive the continued success of the company.”
Improving supply chain performance through next-generation technology is an important part of Pirelli’s Digitalisation Strategy. Pirelli chose o9 as its partner on this digital transformation journey because o9 provides an integrated end-to-end platform that delivers fast time-to-value and long-term flexibility to support evolving business needs.
Pier Paolo Tamma, SVP & Chief Digital Officer, Pirelli, said, “We chose o9 as the best partner to further enhance the power of Pirelli’s unique business model leveraging on their innovative and AI-based technology to simulate any feasible planning scenario and anticipate strategic decisions.”
Speaking on behalf of o9 Solutions, Chakri Gottemukkala, Co-Founder and CEO, stated, “Pirelli is an iconic global company, and o9 is honoured to collaborate with them on their journey to establish an integrated business planning process that is as innovative and game-changing as the tyres they produce. We look forward to a long-term partnership that will enable Pirelli to increase revenues and reduce costs while improving customer service and enhancing employee productivity.”
Pirelli’s implementation of the o9 platform will enable it to use both internal and external demand drivers, combined with powerful machine learning (M/L) algorithms, to create demand forecasts. On the supply planning side, Pirelli will use the o9 platform to model every node of its supply network, creating a digital twin of the supply chain.
By modeling its network, capacities, lead times, and other supply parameters, Pirelli will leverage the capabilities of o9 Solutions to conduct what-if scenario analysis and take decisions optimising the profitability of its business planning. o9’s IBP framework will provide Pirelli with all of the necessary insights to improve decision making and respond faster to changes in demand and supply.
“The o9 Solutions platform will play a pivotal role in Pirelli’s Digital IBP initiative,'' said Flavio Colombini, Head of Integrated Business Planning, Pirelli. “The o9 Platform is exactly what we were looking for to support our planning across all time horizons — Strategic, MP, short term — all in one integrated platform. Integration between functions, what-if scenario analysis, and real time responses will bring a real value-driven approach to Pirelli’s planning process.”
“o9 Solutions will allow Pirelli to execute its Digital Transformation in the Integrated Business Planning domain,” added Luca Urban, Global Head of Enterprise and Core Solutions, Pirelli. “To support the Pirelli Business Model, building capabilities such as a digital twin of the entire Pirelli supply network hosting Pirelli tailored artificial intelligence algorithms using R and Python, enabling collaborative planning, optimisation of production allocation and profitability.”
“As part of our strategy to get closer to our customers and dealer partners, DTNA identified the southwest United States as the best location for its next stage of expansion,” said Jay Johnson, General Manager, Aftermarket Supply Chain for Daimler Trucks North America. “After an exhaustive search throughout the Southwest, we determined that the Phoenix metropolitan area offers a great combination of benefits: proximity to our customers and dealers, a strong workforce and ease of doing business.”
The new facility supports DTNA’s long-term vision of elevating the customer experience by enabling DTNA to fulfill 90 percent of all dealer part orders in under 12 hours. With the addition of the Goodyear location, DTNA has invested more than $100 million in its PDC network over the past five years.
Recent PDC openings in Dallas, Des Moines, Indianapolis, and now Goodyear, are enabling DTNA to move ever closer to its goal of 24-hour turnaround for vehicle repairs in an effort to maximise uptime.
Automakers traditionally form body parts by pressing sheet metal against specially created dies. Designing and building multiple dies for each part is expensive and only pays off after stamping a large volume of parts. This basic process has remained largely unchanged since the early days of mass automaking. It remains a stumbling block that prevents low-volume production of inexpensive parts.
Nissan’s new dual-sided dieless forming technology presents a compelling alternative to the investment-intensive industry norm. It does away with dies and stamping machines altogether, removing one of the most costly and time-consuming steps in auto body manufacturing.
The process involves two robots working on opposite sides of a flat sheet of metal. By syncing their movements precisely and using diamond-tipped tools developed by Nissan, the robots can shape the metal to a high degree of accuracy and detail. Working in tandem, two robots can produce intricate concave and convex shapes that could not be created if one robot were working from a single side of the sheet.
“About five years ago, we started thinking about ways of forming sheet metal without relying on dies,” said Keigo Oyamada, an Assistant Manager in Nissan’s vehicle manufacturing element engineering department, who oversaw the project. “Our goal was to solve the cost issues related to creating dies for small-volume production. We want to put this technology to use to create spare parts for old models whose dies have already been thrown out, or potentially even to let people order custom parts from Nissan.”
Performing a 3D scan of an existing part creates data that can be used to “teach” the robots to build the scanned part — although some human guidance is still required. This approach will allow Nissan to produce parts that haven’t been made in decades, simply by scanning existing examples of those parts.
Dual-sided dieless forming can be used to create custom body parts in less than a week, instead of waiting as long as a year for dies to be designed and manufactured. The process is also inherently adaptable, and can be used to produce small and large parts alike, as well as car parts other than body panels.
For now, Nissan plans to use dual-sided dieless forming to produce replacement parts for cars the company no longer sells. Looking further ahead, the company sees potential for creating customised parts for those who are looking to add a little uniqueness to their future rides.
HAAH and Zotye USA are partnering with Oracle NetSuite to implement a cloud-based platform that manages the entire automotive ecosystem for sales, distribution, dealer operations and management systems, CRM, parts, service finance, call centres and warranty systems. This will provide total visibility and a single view into the entire supply chain from production to delivery and inventory management with web and mobile analytic reporting.
”This unified ‘one platform, one cloud-based solution’ system will provide the automotive industry with unprecedented simplicity, transparency and ease of use for customers, dealers, employees and the distributor,” said Hale. “Nobody has done anything like this before in automotive field as most OEMs have traditional models with legacy systems and disparate data silos that fall short of end-to-end processes across functional business areas. That makes real-time information that enhances the Customer Experience (CX) impossible. This new system is truly leading edge.”
The platform offers an event based fully integrated real-time business management system for all operations for dealers and the distributor that will give customers a hassle-free, haggle-free buying and ownership experience, while creating a platform in the cloud to speed operations for both dealers and the distributor.
“As a new entrant into US automotive sales, we have no legacy systems and no history to hold us back. This puts us in a unique position to lead the way when it comes to innovation and provides dealers with several benefits by using a core system that is cost effective and provides a single version of the truth which is a large financial advantage. Dealers can prepare and aggregate their data in less time and spend more time making business decisions and business process improvements.” said Burkhouse.
“Gathering information customer by customer empowers their employees to deliver a more personalized customer experience. Also, major software updates are provided twice a year and minor updates from the cloud that will make their system obsolescence proof. Dealers that have multiple retail stores will have the same software version with a more efficient Dealer Management System (DMS),” added Burkhouse.