“This order is another step in our commitment to cleaner shipping,” said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC. “Our experience with LNG dual-fuel vessels has been good, and we want to keep moving forward to expand our sustainable fleet.”
Already winners, UECC’s two first ECO-class vessels grabbed first and second place in Bremenports’ Greenports Award 2018 for being cleanest ships calling at one of Europe's busiest ports. With the addition of battery hybrid technology, the three new ships raise the environmental protection bar even further.
Taking smart new steps
The new orders will push the UECC dual-fuel LNG fleet to five vessels. “When our third battery hybrid LNG PCTC is delivered in 2022, it ushers in a new era for UECC and short sea shipping in Europe,” said Edvardsen. “That will give us a total of five eco-friendly vessels in our fleet. This represents more than 50% of the UECC owned fleet, and no other short sea company, or deep sea for that matter, can demonstrate such a sustainable fleet.”
Edvardsen acknowledges the importance of experience in the decision to invest in battery hybrid LNG. “A ship is a significant and long-term investment. We wanted to expand the use of new technologies to meet or exceed future sustainability requirements, and we feel our choice with the first two LNG vessels has been justified over nearly three years of operation. This experience gives us the confidence to move forward with even more eco-friendly technologies.”
The new battery-hybrid solution will take UECC beyond the IMO target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030. The three vessels will also meet the IMO Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations entering into force in the Baltic and North Sea from 2021 keel lays.
Electric power saves fuel, reduces emissions
“Batteries are a key step toward next-generation sustainability,” Edvardsen observes. Battery power on the new vessels will improve operational efficiency and further reduce emissions through peak shaving, in addition to handling partial accommodation load and driving auxiliary equipment. “It also provides an option for reducing emissions while in port, and that is becoming more important for many cities,” he noted.
“UECC’s parent companies, NYK and Wallenius Lines, have sustainability in their DNA,” Glenn Edvardsen concluded. “It is an honour to be able to take UECC to the next level of clean shipping with their support.”
700 top players in finance, transport, logistics and ports sectors, coming from every part of the world, participate in the event, in order to discuss on topics of global interest, such as energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, opportunities for further development of intermodality and short sea transport.
In his opening speech, the Managing Director Emanuele Grimaldi confirmed that the present of the Grimaldi Group is green and that the long term goal is transporting freight and passengers with zero emissions. For this purpose, during the last year the Group programmed large investments in Research & Development, thus confirming its strong commitment in decarbonisation for the protection of the planet.
The first priority of the Grimaldi Group is the compliance with the IMO 2020 regulation on fuels, that will change the maritime transport globally: as from 1 January 2020, the sulphur content of ship emissions shall be less than 0.5%.
For this reason, 101 ships out of a 130-strong fleet will be soon equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems, while from January 2020 the remaining ships will be powered with clean fuel. The increasing use of more efficient scrubbers able to filter microplastic particles and heavy metals at sea is also under study.
The objective is the almost total abatement of sulphur and particulate emissions in the air, as evidenced also with the adherence of the Group to the SAILS Charter (Sustainable Actions for Innovative and Low-impact Shipping) as the first Italian signatory.
Among other investments, the fleet of the Grimaldi Group will widen with further 17 greenships. 12 ships of the GG5G class for the transport of rolling units, as well as 5 PCTCs (Pure Car & Truck Carrier) have been already ordered and will be the most ecofriendly ro/ro ships worldwide.
Moreover, a tender has been launched for the construction of 2 ro/pax ships of the Superstar class for the Baltic routes, which will be equipped with the biggest battery packs ever installed on a ship. Moreover, the Group is designing a new Supercruise ship to be deployed in the Mediterranean, which will be equipped with the most advanced technologies for the protection of the environment.
An absolute record of the Grimaldi Group are the first ships in the Mediterranean Sea with zero emissions in port: the two twin flagships Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona. Built in 2008, they have been lengthened and refurbished by Fincantieri in Palermo this year. Today both ships are equipped with lithium batteries, to power them during port stopovers without the need to operate their diesel generators, thus achieving zero-emissions in port.
“Energy efficiency is not only a moral obligation in the face of the serious environmental emergency we are experiencing – said Emanuele Grimaldi – It is also the key for the development of the whole international community: intermodal transport is the cleanest and cheapest way of transport, able to promote the growth of the sector. Our engagement for decarbonization allowed us to reach important results: in the last two years the volume of freight transported by the Grimaldi Group has grown by 17%. At the same time, we have significantly reduced fuel consumption as well as sulphur and particulate emissions per mile sailed”.
Opening the summit, Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), reminded the role of the Organization which represents 80% of the worldwide shipowning companies with the most important international authorities, like the International Labour Organization, the G7, the United Nations and above all the International Maritime Organization (IMO). “By 2050, gas emissions from ships will have to be halved compared to 2008 levels, on the basis of the agreements signed by the IMO – said Ebsen Poulsson – This will be a real revolution that the maritime sector will face. But it will also be a great opportunity for global economic growth, which I am sure will be tackled with a proactive attitude”.
The XXIII Euromed Convention continued with the first panel “European Short Sea Shipping: energy efficiency, the key to profitability and environmental sustainability”, moderated by Alfons Guinier, former Secretary General of ECSA. Panelists were Hiroyuki Yamada (Director of the Marine Environment Division of IMO), Ville Haapasaari (CEO of the Port of Helsinki), Guy Platten (Secretary General of ICS), Ugo Salerno (President and CEO of RINA), Ian Adams (Executive Director of Clean Shipping Alliance 2020), Emanuele Grimaldi (Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group).
The second panel debate (pictured), titled “The territorial continuity with Italy’s Major Islands: what solutions?”, moderated by Sergio Luciano, Director of “Economy” Magazine, involved Massimo Deiana (President of the Port Authority System of the Sardinian Sea), Mauro Coletta (General Director of the Italian Ministry of Transport), Pietro Spirito (President of the Port Authority System of the Central Tyrrhenian Sea), Guido Grimaldi (President of Alis).
The introduction of these new all-electric commercial vehicles into Penske’s fleet is another in a series of recent moves the company has undertaken to test and showcase innovative electric vehicles and help bring them to market.
“We remain committed to being at the forefront of commercial vehicle electrification for our customers,” explained Brian Hard, president and CEO of Penske Transportation Solutions. “Adding the capability of an electric terminal tractor is a natural next step as they are an essential part of the mix for fleet operations. Penske and Kalmar Ottawa have a long-standing relationship and we look forward to continuing to work with them to provide our customers with reliable and innovative yard trucks for their fleets.”
Penske Trucking Leasing has previously announced the addition of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty battery-electric vehicles to its fleet as well as the construction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
“We are proud and excited to once again partner with Penske Truck Leasing to supply innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment solutions,” said Doug Queen, Vice President Solution Sales Terminal Tractors at Kalmar Ottawa. “The fact that the Penske organisation has chosen us to provide this asset for their fleet solidifies the commitment of both Kalmar Ottawa & Penske Truck Leasing to be part of a cleaner and more sustainable environment for generations to come.”
The Kalmar Ottawa T2E is powered by lithium-ion battery technology and features an on-board inverter charger that allows the machine to be opportunity charged during natural working breaks.
Penske Truck Leasing’s subsidiary, Penske Logistics, will be the first to use the new T2E in California. The vehicle is designed for trailer-handling operations in truck yards, warehousing and distribution centres, container terminals, and related operations where short-distance travel is required.
Deliveries of the vehicles, which will be deployed to transport heavy shipping containers at the port terminal, are scheduled to begin from September 2020 through to August 2022, with the ABB chargers and supporting infrastructure set to be installed towards the end of 2020. Financial details were not disclosed.
The contract includes 450kW High Power Chargers, design and supply of charge point prefabricated skid and container solutions with integrated chargers, medium- and low- voltage switchgear, transformers and associated control and monitoring equipment. This integrated solution enables fast installation on site, ensures the highest levels of operability and mitigates risk.
The future port is a major milestone in Singapore’s next generation container terminal development with an annual capacity of 65 million containers (TEU) and is slated to be the largest port in the world by the time it is completed in 2040. The first berth will be operational in 2021.
“The project brings together two of the biggest trends disrupting the mobility industry, the rise of autonomous vehicles and the adoption of EVs. ABB’s technologies will enable quick charging of the AGVs, which is vital for efficient container movement and for increasing the capacity of the port,” said Frank Muehlon, Managing Director for ABB’s global EV charging infrastructure business.
The breakthrough project marks the first time ABB’s chargers will be used to power a fleet of autonomous vehicles for commercial operation. A specially designed and customised connection to the chargers will be enabled for end-to-end integration with the fully-electric AGVs.
With more than 11,000 DC fast chargers sold across 76 countries world-wide, ABB plays a leading role in the development of sustainable mobility with its innovative and digital technologies and has participated in a growing number of projects in Singapore and around the world. This latest project will further accelerate Singapore’s transition to a future mobility ecosystem that is safer, cleaner and more accessible.
The System started accepting trial shipments in March 2018 and was launched into live production in July 2018 with varying responses. The positives are that the System has had participation from the largest shipping liners e.g. Sealand of Maersk Group, CMA CGM, MSC and Cosco while the 300cubits have gone the length in its discussions with the rest of the top 10 container liners about running trial shipments on the System. More than a dozen shippers e.g. Li&Fung Logistics, BASF, JF Hillebrand, Esprit, Mitsui Chemical, REWE etc have tried the System.
In addition to those who have actually used the System, over 100 shippers have registered in the System to get their allocation of TEU tokens while many more shippers have contacted 300cubits and showed interests in 300cubits’ solutions. 300cubits is recognised as one of the first to apply blockchain technologies in shipping. The TEU tokens created by 300cubits are still one of the more recognised digital assets in maritime space.
When using the System, both carriers and shippers were careful about their commitment. Nearly all except one shipment where booking deposits were placed were executed according to the booking.
However, the transaction volume through the System have been far from commercial. Only a couple hundred containers have gone through the System, which, although may seems plenty among the shipping blockchain projects, is not sufficient to keep the System going commercially.
The lack of clarity in regulatory regimes surrounding digital currencies has proved to be the greatest hurdle in the 300cubits’ marketing efforts. Many potential users simply shied away from trying, being not sure about what regulatory measures the authorities may take.
A potential partnership with INTTRA, one of the largest shipment booking portals in the world, had to be stopped at the eleventh hour due to regulatory concerns. 300cubits has also learnt that shippers face bigger booking pain point than rolling, which is what the System is designed to solve.
Instead, these shippers complain that they often could not get their bookings confirmed during peak season despite their booking volume are still within contract commitment. Moreover, the lack of liquidity for the TEU tokens and the volatility of all cryptocurrencies in general also cast a constant doubt among the users on whether the value of the tokens could be realised.
From 300cubits’ experience, many of the core blockchain features e.g. immutability and anonymity are either not intuitive or unappealing to the business users. And blockchain systems almost have to work interoperatably with central server based systems in the commercial applications. After all, business users are comfortable with the server based systems.
However, the equality embedded in the system architecture of blockchain could be instrumental for delivering business alliance solutions, in the view of 300cubits. Blockchain allows a user to participate not only as passive user but also as owner or adminstrator of the system and the data, which provide an equal footing for otherwise competing industry players to join forces in their service delivery.
With the System being suspended, 300cubits will burn at least 75% of the TEU tokens that have not been sold or picked up by the industry users. Going forward, 300cubits will burn even more TEU tokens as the ones currently being allocated to industry users circulate back to 300cubits.
300cubits will continue with its other projects. 300cubits have been engaged with a laeding telecommunication company in the Middle East to promote the use of blockchain in the areas of transportation. 300cubits will also explore the use of other technologies in areas e.g. shipping and finance which are consistent with the competence of the founding team.
Towards this effort, the MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) brands are developing common platforms to be more agile and to reduce costs. TRATON’s research and development (R&D) is therefore focused on digitaliation: By the end of 2024, more than €1 billion $1.09 billion) in R&D expenditure is to flow into this area. At the TRATON Innovation Day, Andreas Renschler, TRATON CEO and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, said: “We want to move into the digital fast lane and are continuing to evolve from a hardware supplier to a provider of software and services.” This is also evident from the almost 2,000 software engineers that already work for the brands today - making up nearly 30% of all engineers employed at TRATON GROUP.
Common platform for autonomous driving
The Group is already working on a common platform for autonomous driving and has a number of vehicles being tested or in real use. TRATON will also be examining possibilities to fully leverage the vast knowledge within the VW Group and its partners. Christian Levin, TRATON board member responsible for R&D and Chief Operating Officer said: “Autonomous driving is not coming. It’s already here! We have already delivered the first vehicles and many tests are underway.”
A real application of the new autonomous Scania concept vehicle “AXL” without a driver’s cab was showcased to a global audience at the Innovation Day. Since 2018, an autonomous Scania truck has been utilised in a Rio Tinto mine in Australia. Later in 2019, Scania plans to put a bus in operation which will electrically and autonomously transport passengers for Nobina in the Stockholm metropolitan area. And in a few months, MAN kicks off large-scale practical testing together with the port of Hamburg where trucks will drive on the highway in some sections highly automated to the port. On arrival, the driver gets out of the vehicle, and the truck continues to drive autonomously to the Altenwerder container terminal; it is then autonomously unloaded and drives back to the driver on its own. MAN is currently simulating the port environment and testing the vehicle at its plant site in Munich.
The aim: Significantly more than a million networked trucks in 2025
The number of networked vehicles of TRATON GROUP’s customers is now also growing rapidly. While at the end of 2018, there were around 450,000 vehicles networked the number increased to some 600.000 in 2019. By the end of 2025, that number is expected to be more than a million vehicles. Since the beginning of 2019, nearly every new medium and heavy-duty truck delivered by Scania and MAN is connected in one way or another. VWCO will also equip its vehicles from October on with the relevant Group connectivity solution as a standard. Digitalisation and connected vehicles bolster the TRATON brands’ service business, leading to new offerings and business models as well as continuous improvement ideas for the vehicles. Customers can reduce costs as well as more efficiently manage and better utilise their vehicles and fleets. The many customer benefits include improved uptime, reduced maintenance costs, lower fuel consumption, and better route planning – this also benefits the environment. The brands develop the tailored solutions in close cooperation with customers.
According to consultancy company Deloitte, the telematics market alone will expand from €2.3 billion in 2016 to nearly €10 billion in 2026. Currently, trucks in Europe — depending on the estimate — only operate on average at around 50% to 60% capacity utilisation. Intelligent digital solutions could help to considerably reduce the number of empty runs or vehicles that are underutilised — and thus also CO2 emissions. “Digitalisation can significantly contribute to climate protection,” says Renschler.
New MAN truck sets standards for usability and connectivity
The announcement was marked last week by members from the joint DHL and Jaguar Land Rover teams attending a recognition event at Jaguar Land Rover’s head office in Whitley.
In the next phase of the partnership DHL will support Jaguar Land Rover as the company adapts its operations to achieve manufacturing excellence for the next generation of premium, customised cars and the adoption of electrification.
Working in close partnership, DHL and Jaguar Land Rover will implement a programme of transformational operational improvements and accelerated digitalisation to support long-term growth and deliver significant cost savings over the next five years.
The supply chain and sequencing process is becoming increasingly complex as customisation becomes a key differentiator for Jaguar Land Rover. Investment in digitalisation and data analysis are being implemented to enable intelligent planning and management decisions.
Ian Harnett, Executive Director, Human Resources & Global Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover said: “We’re transforming our UK plants with a specialised supply chain solution and DHL is a key partner in this process. Over the last ten years they have proven that they can support our business as it evolves.”
Mike Bristow, Managing Director, Manufacturing Logistics, DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland, added: “Over the past decade our close working relationship with Jaguar Land Rover has enabled us to pursue new ways of working to drive a significant step change in performance. As part of this contract extension we now have a fully mapped transformation and investment plan to ensure Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain is fit for the future.”
Volkswagen Group Logistics GmbH & Co. OHG is one of the logistics companies in Germany with the highest turnover. In Europe alone, it coordinates a daily average of 18,000 truck transports in an extensive network of suppliers, production sites, sales markets and dealers. Group Logistics is managing a constantly increasing flow of materials and goods together with 13 Group brands and requires an efficient and future-proof IT solution to meet this challenge. Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics: “There is a huge amount of complexity involved in our business. The planned cooperation with RIO will allow us to push ahead with digitalisation in the transport sector and gain more transparency. This will enable us to optimally control and continue to finely tune our business to perfection. Optimising utilisation by further reducing empty runs and idle times will also help us to achieve our climate protection goals.”
More than 150 forwarders work with the Volkswagen Group. In the future, each truck in this network is to be registered in the same digital environment.
Digital services for inbound and outbound logistics
TRATON subsidiary RIO will create the basis for these digital services. The brand has been developing a cloud-based logistics platform since 2016 to support all parties of the delivery chain in digitalising their business. RIO is manufacturer-independent and can therefore be used in all truck brands. RIO is now to develop tailor-made services for Volkswagen Group Logistics, which will make the supply of parts at sites of the Volkswagen Group (inbound logistics) and the delivery of fully assembled vehicles (outbound logistics) more efficient. This includes tracking consignments as well as integrating different systems to collect and use data efficiently – for example, for supply management, freight billing and container control. Matthias Braun, Head of Material Logistics Digitalisation at Group Logistics: “Cloud-based digital solutions based at the interface between freight and forwarder have the potential to significantly increase our efficiency. RIO’s digital expertise and open approach makes it the ideal partner for us. We are also going on this platform with our volume to send a signal to the market. We hope that others will follow suit so that logistics based on transparent processes will become more efficient for everyone.”
The forwarder market as “logistics in the premium class”
RIO CEO Jan Kaumanns explains, “The forwarders’ world is the premium class of logistics. Its complex delivery chains need a smart product to bring all the participants into the same digital environment. At RIO, we are very happy to accept this challenge. As telematics OEM of MAN and with the RIO-Box as a brand-neutral, retrofittable component, RIO is in an excellent position to bridge the gap between the control tasks of Group Logistics and implementing the tasks of transport logistics on the road.” For RIO, this cooperation opens up the market for solutions that are initially tailor-made for the automotive sector. With an eye to the future, they should, however, form the basis for all forwarding relevant services. Kaumanns continued, “We are proud to be contributing our digital competence to a partnership with such an important player on the market and are looking forward to the collaboration.”
RIO and Volkswagen Group Logistics are also planning a lasting corporate partnership that goes beyond the technical cooperation. “The logical step for us is to conclude a permanent master agreement with Volkswagen Group Logistics that will put our collaboration on a solid basis as quickly as possible,” said Jan Kaumanns.