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ABS and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. sign battery research agreement

ABS and the Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) are to work together to research lithium battery propulsion for next generation vessels.

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ABS and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. sign battery research agreement. Image: ABS / Pictured from Left to Right: Qu Tao, Assistant to the Chairman of CATL and Dr. Xioazhi (Christina) Wang, ABS Vice President, Global Marine, at signing of battery project agreement.

ABS and the Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) are to work together to research lithium battery propulsion for next generation vessels.

The Frame Cooperation Agreement, signed at Marintec, will see ABS and CATL jointly carry out the research on the technical standards for battery-powered vessels, including key safety-related technologies such as the propulsion system, charging system, power battery compartment layout and fire control.

The project also covers research into the technical standards of lithium batteries, including various battery material properties and combustion mechanisms as well as the performance of safety system, such as monitoring and early warning of thermal diffusion. The work will support revision of the classification of lithium battery inspection guidelines and drive improvements in the standard system for lithium batteries for ships.

“Vehicle designs have taken advantage of new battery technologies such as Lithium batteries originally developed for the telecommunications industry with considerable success. ABS and CATL are at the forefront of exploring how to harness the potential of these new battery technologies to power ocean going vessels,” said Dr. Xiaozhi (Christina) Wang, ABS Vice President, Global Marine. “Battery technology can certainly contribute to fuel savings and therefore GHG emissions reduction in a number of ways which make this an exciting area for practical research.”

“The Li-Ion battery technology of CATL is already being applied to electric passenger vehicles, buses, electric trucks and a range of other vehicles.  We look forward to working with ABS to expand this technology to vessels and realizing our shared vision of a more sustainable society in the near future,” said Qu Tao, Assistant to the Chairman of CATL.

 

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Yang Ming delivers Taiwan guavas to US

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On the last day of 2019, YM MANDATE, a container vessel operated by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., carried Taiwan’s famous guava fruit from Kaohsiung to the other coast of the Pacific, the United States.

The vessel arrived at Los Angeles on January 14th. It’s the very first container of Taiwan guava shipped to the U.S. and passed inspection since the import ban was lifted by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in October 2019.

Taiwan guava is well received for its crispy taste and beautiful flavor. Since guava requires tropical environment to grow, Taiwan guava is particularly anticipated by North Americans.

However, it was difficult for Taiwan guava to enter the U.S. market, because Taiwan is an endemic area of oriental fruit fly, melon fruit fly and fruit pumpkin fly. Now, as all the quarantine standards and requirements are met, fresh Taiwan guava can be delivered to the U.S. and the local consumers can enjoy this high-quality tropical fruit from Taiwan.

To ensure Taiwan guava can enter the U.S. market, Yang Ming has strengthened communication with its client. Its salesforce worked together with ship crews to closely monitor and properly control the temperature.

Insecticidal cold treatment was applied to these fresh guavas and the temperature in the center of pulp was maintained at below 1°C in Yang Ming’s reefer container for 17 consecutive days during the transportation. After the arrival, Yang Ming appointed a team to assist the consignee and make sure the inspection procedure was completed smoothly and the batch of fresh Taiwan guava was successfully delivered to its U.S. importer.

Assistant Vice President Tan Wang of Yang Ming’s Commercial Reefer Department said “Cold treatment inspection to ensure extremely high standards are fulfilled throughout the transportation. The client – Top Quality Produce, Inc. is very satisfied with the success and impressed with Yang Ming team’s efficiency and capability.”

Yang Ming is always committed to upgrading its refrigerated transportation services. Together with cold treatment (CT), the company also adopted the new Active CA (Controlled Atmosphere) device for reefer containers to overcome technical difficulties.

This successful experience is a result of team efforts and marks an important milestone in Yang Ming’s refrigerated delivery service. The company will have greater capability to ship perishable commodities in the future. Considering the growing demand of the global cold chain market, the company seizes every opportunity to meet customers’ needs. Yang Ming will continue to optimize its professional reefer services and deliver fresh products around the world.

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Blue Water opens in Italy

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Blue Water opens in Italy. Image: Blue Water Shipping Alessandro Crocitto (left) is heading the new Blue Water office in Milan, and Thomas Bek, Global Director of Blue Water’s Energy & Project Division is looking forward to the cooperation - and to further development in Italy.
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Blue Water Shipping has been involved in providing logistical solutions to Italian clients for many years. To support and develop this business further Blue Water has established an office in Milan. The office will initially focus on serving clients in the oil and gas, power generation, renewables and infrastructure sectors. The ambition is to add other activities within other business areas later on.

“It is a natural part of our development in the Energy and Project sector to have our own set-up in Italy. The industry is large, and we see good opportunities to strengthen our services to our current clients and also to expand the client base”, states Thomas Bek, Global Director for Blue Water’s Energy & Project Division.

To develop the Italian market, Blue Water has employed Mr. Alessandro Crocitto, who comes with more than 34 years of experience form the logistic industry and more than 21 years of dedication to project logistics.

“Blue Water has a strong global track record when it comes to  energy and projects. I am confident that we can develop positively in Italy, as the market demands experienced logistics partner to these types of transport.  And Blue Water has a strong set-up with in-house experts to handle both operation and management of complex transport assignments”, states Alessandro Crocitto.

The opening of the Milan office is, according to Thomas Bek, in line with Blue Water’s strategy to expand its activities in the Energy and Projects sector. Blue Water has seen a positive development in the Energy and Projects activities over the past years. This includes the successful execution of the TCO FGP project with a value  in excess of USD 1.3 billion as well as winning the HLPFI award as Project Logistic provider of the year (2019).

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Kalmar’s proven, flexible T2 terminal tractor to help Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company address growing demand

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Global Ports Group have made a contract for the supply of Kalmar T2 Terminal Tractors. The purchase of the new equipment is part of the capacity upgrade program of the Global Ports’ Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company (VSC). The order for six Kalmar T2 Terminal Tractors was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q4 order intake. Delivery of the new equipment to VSC is scheduled for Q3 of 2020.

Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company is part of the container terminals chain of the Global Ports Group, a leading operator of sea container terminals in Russia. VSC operates in Vostochny Port and is among the largest container terminals in the Russian Far East. The terminal’s annual capacity is 650,000 TEUs.

VSC’s current equipment fleet includes a wide range of Kalmar solutions, including terminal  tractors, reachstackers , empty container handlers, forklifts and straddle carriers.

The Kalmar T2 Terminal Tractor is a highly flexible platform. The tractors that will be supplied to VSC are capable of handling heavy 20, 40, 45-foot containers. The lift frame of these tractors is a structure made of high-strength steel with solid cast elements, which is exceptionally strong and stable even when the load is big. The engineering advantages of the tractors also include their ability to easily maneuver in cramped space, withstand high temperatures during summer, and ability to operate in a salt air environment.

These tractors have enhanced safety features which include emergency steering and additional sound alarm in cabin activated every time when the parking brake is engaged or the brake pedal is stuck. This signal will be a trigger for the tallyman to start inspection. All cabins meet the European standards and FOPS and ROPS safety requirements.

Alexey Pavlenko, Managing Director of LLC VSC: “We are happy to continue our cooperation with Kalmar. The Kalmar equipment is reliable, easy to maintain and has a high availability ratio which allows the terminal to increase the speed of cargo handling and predictability of the operating process. An important advantage of Kalmar is also a prompt response of its personnel to warranty and additional service requests, for example, a request to set up a consignment warehouse in the terminal”.

Valerian Sand, Vice President Market Area North, Kalmar: “The order from VSC demonstrates the trust customers place in our reliable and flexible T2 terminal tractor platform, which has seen steady sales growth in recent years. We are delighted to be able to strengthen our cooperation with VSC and support their business goals as they seek to increase capacity at the terminal.”

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