As part of a commitment to improving air quality in the port and for the city, Solent Stevedores and ABP Southampton have partnered on this scheme to extend the track by 70 metres so that two 645-metre container trains can be serviced simultaneously. Previously only one shorter train could be accommodated at the terminal at a time.
This project has significantly improved efficiency at the terminal by more than doubling the capacity of daily train services from five to a potential of 12 and from 60,000 container rail freight moves per year to a potential of 180,000 moves per year.
This investment also ensures the port can continue to accommodate the growing demand from customers wishing to use rail as a preferred method of cargo shipment.
ABP Southampton works closely with its port partners to promote sustainable operations and this project is part of a key commitment from ABP Southampton’s Air Quality Strategy that was published last year.
Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton Director said: “We are continually investing in our infrastructure and facilities and alongside our partners at the port, we strive to operate in the most sustainable way possible. Expanding the rail freight offering at the port is great news for air quality.”
Tom Dynes, Operations Director at Solent Stevedores said: “Since we took on the site in 2016, we have worked hard and invested heavily to improve the operation and service provided to our customers. The impact this project has had on our capacity to meet demand is substantial.”
The Solent Rail Terminal at the Port of Southampton services 1,600 container trains each year. In total, the port handles more than 1.9 million TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent units) every year.
With immediate effect, vehicles of the Swedish OEM Volvo will be transported between China and Europe in several round trips per week. The total volume amounts to around 40,000 vehicles per year. The vehicles are transported as part of an integrated hybrid concept developed by ARS Altmann AG together with its partner Intermodal Container Logistics Vienna (ICL).
The concept for the New Silk Road relation envisages the combination of covered, double-deck car transport wagons on the section between Belgium and Poland and 40-foot containers on the section between Poland and China.
Last year ARS Altmann AG had already successfully placed the first continuous automotive RoRo train from Bremerhaven to Chongqing on rail. This project was transacted via the company's own terminal in Chernyakhovsk near Kaliningrad (Russia), which is designed for both European and Russian railway wagons. With the new hybrid concept, ARS Altmann now offers its customers a further solution on the New Silk Road, which is becoming more and more important.
"Customers benefit from the advantages of rail transport with more reliable and shorter throughput times and far greater sustainability and climate compatibility compared to sea freight with both solutions," said Frank Lehner, Director Internationalisation at ARS Altmann AG.
The route between China and Europe runs via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Depending on the destination, the journey takes about 18 days.
Frank Lehner sees great potential in vehicle transport on the New Silk Road: "In recent years, the Chinese automobile market has gained enormous importance for European OEMs. At the same time, the export volumes of vehicles produced in China by international manufacturers and the exports of electric vehicles by up-and-coming Chinese manufacturers are on the rise. For these globally operating customers, the products successfully established by ARS Altmann AG offer an optimal solution for being able to react even more quickly to dealer requests. In addition, they enable direct delivery to central China, which is economically catching up with the major cities on the coast."
ARS Altmann AG's medium-term goal is to establish covered automobile transport wagons as a fixed component of transports on the New Silk Road. Frank Lehner added: "We are currently in talks with potential customers from Europe and China, but also from Korea and Russia in order to win them over to the New Silk Road".
The ‘mega batteries’ will allow the Grimaldi cruise ferries to turn off the diesel engines and operate solely on battery power and with zero emissions for up to four hours during port stay.
“The Corvus energy storage system is an important component in our vision for sustainable shipping,” said Andrea D'Ambra, Energy Saving Technical Department at Grimaldi Euromed, a Grimaldi Group company which operates PCTCs (Pure Car & Trucks Carriers), ro/ro and passenger ferries in the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe.
“An ESS this massive had never before been retrofitted onboard a cruise ferry vessel. It’s clear now that if shipowners are willing to go green, the technology exists,” said Roger Rosvold, Senior Vice President Sales at Corvus Energy. “We are extremely proud to be chosen to supply such a groundbreaking installation.”
“The Grimaldi Group is a highly skilled and experienced shipowner. We are impressed with their commitment to reduce emissions from their operating fleet and their in-depth knowledge on what can be done,” Rosvold continued. “Good collaboration and close partnership are key in developing new and innovative solutions to accelerate the adoption of green technology. At Corvus, we will continue to drive technology further by pushing boundaries for the use of batteries.”
The two projects started with technical teams from Grimaldi and Corvus Energy sailing aboard Cruise Barcelona to evaluate the optimal electrical and mechanical integration of an energy storage system. With the assistance from the Grimaldi on-site team, this challenging project has been successfully completed on budget, on time and on spec.
Ronald Hansen, EVP Service & Aftermarket at Corvus Energy comments, “When we work closely together with the shipowner to clearly understand their operational needs, we can give better advice on the optimal ESS solution.”
Grimaldi’s D’Ambra concurred: “We were impressed not only with Corvus’ battery technology and safety features, but also with the company’s knowledge and competence on mechanical, electrical and power systems for the maritime industry.”
As the leading manufacturer of energy storage systems for maritime applications, Corvus Energy provides battery power to more hybrid or all-electric ferries than all other providers of energy storage systems combined. Corvus offers the innovative Orca ESS solutions portfolio and has unsurpassed experience from 200+ projects, totaling over 200 MWh and more than 2 million operating hours.
Fitted to popular Mercedes applications, more than 14 million coils have been produced so far. And with OE business committed through the next decade, this represents a significant and growing opportunity for both distributors and garages.
“By making this innovative technology available in the independent aftermarket, garages can now offer their customers a competitive and guaranteed quality ignition repair. As well as the immediate business on offer, this provides garages with an opportunity to tie in a high-value, growing fleet of vehicles, that will need high-value repairs throughout their lifetime,” said Jean-Francois Bouveyron, Vice President, Delphi Technologies Aftermarket – EMEA.
Delphi Technologies’ OE ignition coils are fitted to more than 150 Mercedes models including A220, C180, C200, E200, GLA200 and Vito. The latest additions take the company’s ignition range to more than 500 part numbers, covering nearly 9,000 applications (make/model/engine size) and a total parc of 114 million vehicles, making it one of or the most comprehensive in the industry.
With Delphi Technologies’ multi-charge ignition, the initial spark is followed by several additional sparks to ignite the fuel-air mixture under challenging operating conditions, such as high exhaust gas recirculation levels and lean fuel mixtures. The very-fast, consecutive spark events allow ignition to occur at the desired spark timing. This results in optimal combustion and helps achieve significantly improved fuel economy – up to 20% - and reduced emissions in GDi engines, compared with competitor time-controlled multi spark ignition systems.
With a capacity of 8000 cars, the Traviata sets a new benchmark in terms of energy efficiency and is one of the fleet’s most environmentally friendly and efficient RoRo vessels.
“The blue economy has been important for Norway for centuries,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide. “The story of Norway is a story about the ocean. We work continuously towards a sustainable blue economy. It is an honour to be the godmother of the MV Traviata, an innovative and green vessel.”
MV Traviata, which sails the Asia-North America trade route is designed to transport cars, heavy equipment and breakbulk cargo that weighs up to 320 tonnes, is 6.50 metres high and 12 metres wide.
“The Traviata sets a new benchmark in terms of energy efficiency, improving consumption by approximately 15%, resulting in considerably reduced emission levels compared to similar vessels in the global fleet. We work continuously to reduce our impact on the environment, and this is a good step on our journey towards zero emissions,” said Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s CEO Craig Jasienski.
Sister vessel MV Titus was delivered in 2018, while a third HERO vessel is scheduled for delivery later this year. The fourth vessel in the series will be delivered in early 2020. Titus and Traviata are the first Large Car and Truck Carriers (LCTCs) built at CSIC Xingang and the first Chinese-built LCTCs in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen fleet.
This series of post-Panamax HERO vessels are part of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen fleet renewal programme, in which older tonnage is replaced to boost overall fleet efficiency. With a bunker system that can operate on different bunker qualities and segregations, Traviata is also prepared for the upcoming Sulphur 2020 regulations.
There’s a story behind every name, and this holds true for Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s vessels. The different vessel names not only reflect the company’s history but also offer insight into the founders of Wallenius Lines and Wilh. Wilhelmsen.
The tradition of giving vessels names beginning with ‘T’ dates back to the 19th century, when Wilhelm Wilhelmsen’s eldest son, Halfdan, acquired a profitable freighter named Talabot. Meanwhile, Olof Wallenius, Founder of Wallenius Lines, began naming ships after great operas in the 1940s. MV Traviata combines both traditions.
Traviata has sailed from Asia to Oslo via the Suez Canal and European ports, and will head to North America after loading in Europe following the naming ceremony.
Imperial Logistics has worked with VDL Nedcar since 2014. Under the new contract, it will now handle round-trip movements between Born and southwest Germany, as well as increasing existing UK round-trips.
Services will be operated using dedicated tractors and trailers, supplemented (when required) with capacity on Imperial Logistics’ shared-user vehicles already operating to and from the UK. To accommodate the additional VDL Nedcar work, Imperial Logistics is adding 20 further vehicles to its fleet, and employing additional drivers and a transport coordinator. Up to 40 trucks and 115 trailers will be deployed on the contract at any one time.
To facilitate fast turnarounds and efficient use of vehicles and space, Imperial Logistics trailers are positioned at the Born plant’s trailer yard, so that full units can be dropped for unloading, and empty units can be taken away immediately.
All shipments and vehicle movements will be coordinated through a central control tower, which will receive real-time location information from GPS trackers installed on all trailers, supplemented by comprehensive vehicle telematics. In the event of deviations from planned routes or schedules, the system will generate automatic alerts.
The control tower and its state-of-the-art transport management system will give VDL Nedcar total visibility over all aspects of its road transport operations, while providing a single point of contact for its suppliers, as well as Imperial Logistics’ drivers and service partners.
Srecko Muehling, Imperial Logistics International’s Vice President Commercial Road, said: “We are very grateful for the confidence which VDL Nedcar has shown in us. This doubling of our responsibilities for them is a flattering endorsement of all the hard work our team has put into this contract since 2014. We look forward to playing an even larger role in the future efficiency of their operations.”
“A key to the successful renewal and extension of our involvement with VDL Nedcar has been our Control Tower concept coupled with our sophisticated systems, and the large scale of our automotive logistics operations and fleet resources. Together, these enable us to provide timely information, and respond urgently to short-notice fluctuations in volumes, while utilising vehicle round-trip capacity more efficiently, so maintaining tight control over customers’ costs,” Muehling added.
Like the MSD 400 and the other MSD 800 before, which started production in 2017, the new machine comes with both coil line and roll feed and thus compromises a complete forming system.
Servo presses enable manufacturers to individually programme both the stroke height and forming speed. At the same time, there is a dramatic reduction in energy consumption – at the same output level – and a significant increase in die service lives.
The Gnotec Group is a leading international manufacturer of metal components. More than 800 employees also work in China, Slovakia and the US at production sites which offer state of the art technology. The head office is located at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, bringing together over 330 companies and organisations in an international environment at the heart of Sweden’s automotive cluster.