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Port Authority of Valencia at conference of the ESPO

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The environment, new technologies, geopolitical changes or demographic challenges are the great challenges facing European ports. “For this reason, the port community must align itself with the needs of the European Union and of our countries to continue to defend our international role at both political and economic level. As stated in the ESPO Valencia Declaration presented yesterday, the institutions must make a strategic commitment to the ports and infrastructures, which are essential in the fight against climate change, the development of cities, economic activity and the geopolitical situation”, defended the president of the Port Authority of Valencia, Aurelio Martínez, during the inauguration of the Conference of the European Sea Ports Organisation – ESPO, which is being held in Valencia, and which brings together more than 200 experts from associations, companies and port administrations of the countries of the European Union.

The head of Valenciaport pointed out that “this event gives us the opportunity to reflect once again on the role of the ports in ensuring the resilience of these logistics chains and at the same time, as the engines of growth that we are, to collaborate in the recovery of our economies, to create stable and quality employment for the communities in which we live and to form part of this blue economy that we all believe is such an important part of the future of these communities”.

The president of the PAV took part in the inauguration of the ESPO Conference, in an event that also included the president of Puertos del Estados, Álvaro Rodríguez Dapena, the regional secretary for Public Works, Transport and Sustainable Mobility, María Pérez, and the president of ESPO, Annaleena Mäkilä.

New terminal, necessary and sustainable

Aurelio Martínez explained that “at Valenciaport we have set ourselves the great transformation objective of becoming a zero emissions port by 2030, involving the entire port community around a common plan that presides over our strategy and transcends our initiatives”. For this reason,” he continued, “we are actively incorporating new energy technologies, such as hydrogen, into port operations and exploring the different applications they can have. We are also working with other alternative energies such as photovoltaic or wind installations”.

An example of this search for sustainable solutions in port operations is the new container terminal that will use the most advanced technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, to manage operations under the principle of “zero emissions” from the outset. The same objective is central to the new passenger terminal, which also encompasses the recovery of Valencia’s historic industrial heritage.

In this sense, the president of Puertos del Estado, Álvaro Rodríguez Dapena, has stressed that “the development of a new terminal in an extension that is already done, with an EIS in force, and without any problem from the environmental point of view, is a great opportunity to turn it into a base in the western Mediterranean for maritime connectivity with the rest of the world. Spain has shown that we are the first country in Europe in terms of container connections, which allowed us to overcome the 2008 crisis and will allow us to overcome the current crisis, because these infrastructures allow the business fabric, and especially SMEs seeking opportunities in the market to go abroad, to have the possibility of reaching any country in the world”.

In terms of innovation, Aurelio Martínez pointed out that “together with the Valenciaport Foundation, we have launched the OPENTOP project, the open innovation centre for the port logistics sector, which we want to serve as a lever to attract talent and develop innovative ideas and solutions for the sector. In addition, in Valencia, together with the rest of the Spanish port authorities and in coordination with Puertos del Estado, we have created the Ports 4.0 Fund, the largest fund to support open innovation in Europe, now in its third campaign”.

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MSC announced a new direct service, called NWC – WAF service

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MSC announced a new direct service, called NWC – WAF service, connecting Dakar and North Europe, and providing the best transit times on the market.

The new NWC – WAF service, dedicated to the export of reefer commodities from Senegal, will connect the country’s fruit, vegetable and frozen fish suppliers directly to key commercial partners across Europe including France, Belgium and United Kingdom in one week. MSC will connect Senegal with key European gateways such as Antwerp in 7 days, London in 9 days and Le Havre in 11 days.

MSC operates one of the world’s largest and most advanced reefer container fleets. We provide exporters with expertise at every step of the cold supply chain including dedicated reefer experts guaranteeing regular and frequent monitoring of shipments, from the receipt of the loaded container to its final destination.

The fleet deployed for this service will be ready to meet the demand for reefers throughout the season to transport fruit, vegetable and other fresh and frozen products from Senegal to consumers across Northern Europe with an average of 600 plugs available onboard each vessel.

Starting immediately, the service will rotate as follows: Antwerp– London Gateway – Le Havre – Tema – Lomé – Tincan/Lagos – Abidjan – Dakar – Antwerp

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Klaveness Digital to launch an emissions monitoring solution in CargoValue

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In less than 12 months, Klaveness Digital together with ZeroLab have commercialized an emissions monitoring solution that is now live in CargoValue. The monitoring solution, titled ‘Emissions’, is now measuring a significant share of emissions from global dry bulk shipping, empowering its customers to continuously track and manage their carbon footprint.

“Arming our industrial customers with crucial insight like this means they can spend their time actively looking for emissions hotspots and opportunities to reduce their footprint,” said Klaveness Digital Managing Director Aleksander Stensby.

Mitigating carbon risk in the supply chain

Monitoring of emissions was just recently added as a service to the CargoValue platform, marrying industry expertise and technical know-how to mitigate carbon risk in supply chains across all main shipping segments. “In dry bulk we’ve expanded fast and are now serving major global accounts in aluminium, grain and mining to name a few,” Stensby added.

The platform tracks greenhouse gas emissions generated by every freight shipment, using calculations based on satellite data, vessel particulars and actual behaviour. This complements and corroborates an increasing share of data coming into CargoValue from vessels reporting their actual emissions.

Putting data to use in a smart way

“Quality data is the backbone of the digitalization movement, with demand coming not only from customers, but also investors and other stakeholders. Working with us allows charterers to take action now on accurately measuring, assessing, and benchmarking their Scope 3 emissions,” adds Stensby, arguing that the industry needs to follow the example of the first movers and drop the “wait and see mentality” often linked with zero fuels or regulatory agenda.

Head of ZeroLab Morten Skedsmo, whose team has led the development of ‘Emissions’, is pleased to see more customers realize the value of accurate monitoring. “As a shipping company we are taking action on our own emissions and helping other companies do the same, we want to create value every step of the way.”

Building on the insights available through the Emissions module in CargoValue, ZeroLab’s team then apply their expertise to focus on helping charterers to explore reduction strategies, for example by establishing an emissions trajectory in line with the customer’s ESG commitments. As up to 30% of emission reductions can be achieved through improved operational efficiency, the team uses the data to guide customers on where improvements can be made across the supply chain.

Collaboration is key

Stensby, meanwhile, emphasizes the critical importance of collaboration across the value chain in driving decarbonization. “As well as quantifying supply chain emissions and assessing how they align with established frameworks for ESG compliance and industry initiatives such as the Sea Cargo Charter, CargoValue enables collaboration with stakeholders in real-time to build transparency. Some customers have incorporated their global operations and spanning hundreds of supply chain stakeholders into the platform.”

“Digital transformation, leveraging intelligent, cost-effective ways to complement work done by humans is key for survivability and profitability. With our platform of services providing end-to-end commodity visibility, we can act as an extension of customers’ own supply chain function and guide them on their digital journey towards resilience and long-term sustainability,” Stensby concluded.

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Kalmar to supply 12 Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers to GMP in France

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received a repeat order of 12 Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers to GMP in Le Havre, France. This brings GMP’s fleet of Kalmar equipment to a total of over 50, of which 24 are hybrid straddle carriers. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2022 Q3 order intake, and the equipment is expected to be delivered by the end of Q3 2023. Additionally, Kalmar provides the customer with a preventive maintenance contract.

GMP in the port of Le Havre has been using Kalmar Straddle Carriers since the early 1990s. The latest delivery of 12 Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers took place in 2020. GMP is committed to reducing and mitigating the carbon footprint of its operations through continuously aiming to cut energy use in its facilities and investing in product designs which conserve energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Together with its customers, Kalmar aims to shape the future of cargo handling with safe and eco-efficient solutions that improve the customer’s every move. Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers will help contribute towards meeting this goal by enabling significant reductions of both the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a terminal’s straddle carrier operations when compared to using traditional diesel-powered machines. Hybrid machines also generate much less noise than their diesel counterparts do.

Louis Jonquière, CEO GMP Le Havre: “Kalmar has been a trusted partner of ours for decades already, and their proven technology and commitment to developing eco-efficient solutions is a perfect fit to our sustainability targets. The hybrid straddle carrier solution will support our terminals in achieving their environmental goals, while also boosting the efficiency of container moves at the same time.”

Mikko Mononen, VP Sales, Kalmar: “We are delighted to further strengthen our already excellent relationship with GMP and continue our shared journey on the road towards a more sustainable future for cargo handling operations. We are investing continuously in R&D efforts to develop more eco-efficient solutions and we are pleased to see that our customers share the same priorities. We are also very proud that with this order, we have sold over 500 Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers globally since their introduction to the market in 2013.”

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