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Amazon’s new steps towards zero carbon emissions by adding 1,800 electric vehicles to its fleet in Europe

Amazon is including 1,800 electric powered transport vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as a part of our journey to set up the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world.

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Amazon announced extra 1,800 electric powered automobiles from Mercedes-Benz Vans to its transport fleet in Europe this year. Amazon and Mercedes-Benz have committed to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. 

Mercedes-Benz additionally introduced that it has joined The Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories to be zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 – a decade in advance of the Paris Agreement aim of 2050.

“We welcome the ambitious management of Mercedes-Benz by signing up to The Climate Pledge and committing to ambitious action to deal with climate change. We need continued innovation and partnership from auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz to decarbonize the transportation industry and address the weather crisis,” stated Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. Amazon is including 1,800 electric powered transport vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as a part of our journey to set up the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world, and we accelerate to get those trucks on the street this year

“At Mercedes-Benz, we have  set ourselves the progressive target to make the transformation of mobility a victory.. By joining ‘The Climate Pledge’ we are building on our intention to constantly pursue free mobility and sustainable automobile production,” stated Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “We stand with Amazon, Global Optimism and the other signatories of The Climate Pledge, in a commitment to being net zero carbon by  2040 – ten years beforehand of The Paris Agreement. I am thrilled that we are able to gain even greater momentum on our sustainability offensive with this step.”

As a part of Mercedes-Benz’s commitment as the brand signatory of The Climate Pledge, the company is doubling down on its commitment to “Ambition2039,” a road-map to CO2-impartial mobility. The company is comparing methods to put off carbon from its whole cost chain, from improvement to the provider network, from its own manufacturing to the electrification of merchandise and beyond, in addition to making sure renewable energies for the use segment of electrical vehicles. With its intention to have a CO2-neutral fleet of the new vehicles in much less than 20 years, Mercedes-Benz is making a crucial contribution to slowing weather change. 

The company is already making accurate development in this direction: By the give up of this year, the automobile portfolio will contain 5 completely electric powered fashions and greater than 20 plug-in hybrids. Signatories to The Climate Pledge additionally have the possibility to proportion get admission to technology, exceptional practices and improvements in delivery chain enhancements. They also are capable of co-invest on new technology and rising solutions. 

Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners could get entry to the brand new fleet of zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries to clients in Europe this year, supporting to save thousands  of metric tons of carbon. The order is a milestone for Mercedes-Benz Vans, marking the largest order of electric vehicles for the manufacturer to date, and makes Amazon its biggest sustainable transportation associate worldwide.

More than 1200 EVs the order could be made from the latest electric powered industrial van to be had at Mercedes-Benz – the eSprinter, a larger model than the manufacturer’s first zero-emission vehicle, the eVito.  The eSprinter consists of contemporary protection capabilities including, electric parking brake, active brake assist, reverse camera, blind spot assist, and more. 

The final 600 vehicles could be made from the  manufacturer’s midsize electric powered van, the eVito, to give Delivery Service Partners operating in terrain that require a smaller-layout vehicle entry to a zero-emissions shipping option. “We are intensifying our long-standing partnership with Amazon and operating collectively at the battery-electric powered future of transportation,”said Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans 

With the eVito and the eSprinter, we’ve got electric powered vehicles in our portfolio that are perfectly suited for the necessities of the courier-, express- and parcel-provider industry for goods delivered on the  last mile’ delivery range. They display that emission-free driving, convincing performance, and low operational costs will combine perfectly.

“Amazon’s investment is a robust and visible signal of its dedication and alignment to EU priorities,” said Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Vice President of the European Parliament. “Amazon maintains to make contributions to the fulfillment of the EU Green Deal goals, foster technological innovation and generate resilient and sustainable jobs in Europe. 

Amazon is devoted to powering its developing electric powered fleet with clean energy.  As a part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is making an investment in renewable power as an essential step closer to addressing our carbon footprint globally and has devoted to run on 100% renewable power with the aid of using 2025. Globally, Amazon has 91 renewable energy projects  which have the potential to generate over 2,900 MW and supply extra 7.5 million MWh of power annually. These projects consist of 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable power projects and 60 solar rooftops on fulfilment facilities and sort facilities across the globe.

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Maersk Supply Service and Ørsted to test offshore charging buoy to reduce vessel emissions

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Maersk Supply Service A/S and Ørsted, the world leader in offshore wind, have formed a partnership to test an innovative charging buoy that can bring green electricity to offshore wind farm service vessels and potentially to a wide range of maritime vessels. The buoy can be used to charge the smaller battery- or hybrid-electrical vessels and to supply power to larger vessels, enabling them to turn off their engines when laying idle. By substituting fossil-based fuels with green electricity, virtually all emissions are eliminated while the buoy is in use.

The proto-type buoy has been developed by Maersk Supply Service while Ørsted is responsible for the buoy’s integration with the electrical grid at the offshore wind farm. The charging buoy will be tested in the second half of 2021, where it will supply overnight power to one of Ørsted’s service vessels.

Upon technical validation and commercial ramp up, the electrical charging buoy has significant potential, short to medium term, to contribute positively to reduce emissions for the maritime industry. This will happen through displacing tens of thousands of tons of fuel consumed every year in the wider maritime sector by enabling inactive vessels to turn engines off and replace energy consumption and charge batteries with renewable electricity. Within five years of global operation, Maersk Supply Service has the ambition to remove 5.5 million tons of CO2, additionally avoiding particulate matter, NOx, and Sox.

Ørsted intends to make any intellectual property generated in designing the integration of the buoy into the offshore wind asset publicly available to maximise the uptake potential of this carbon reduction innovation across the offshore wind sector.

As large parts of the global maritime fleet are getting ready to receive shore power in ports, timing is right for implementing this clean ocean-tech innovation. The charging buoy is applicable as a mooring point outside ports, in offshore wind farms, and near vicinity to other offshore installations. Additionally, it will further help limit the increasing vessel congestions and remove air pollution in port areas.

“The charging buoy tackles a multitude of problems; lower emissions, offering a safe mooring point for vessels, better power efficiency and eliminating engine noise. This is also a solution that can be implemented on a global scale, and one that can be adapted as the maritime industry moves towards hybridisation and electrification,” says Jonas Munch Agerskov, Managing Director for Offshore Renewables at Maersk Supply Service.

“Ørsted has set the ambitious target of having carbon neutral operations in 2025, which includes the operations of our offshore wind farms. Technical and commercial innovation is central to Ørsted’s ability to provide real, tangible solutions to achieve our operational ambitions – and we need our partners’ support. We are happy to team up with Maersk Supply Service to test this innovative charging buoy, which brings us a step closer to creating a world that runs entirely on green energy,” says Mark Porter, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations at Ørsted Offshore.

For the demonstration phase of the project, Maersk Supply Service has received one of the largest EUDP grants (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme, under the Danish Energy Agency) in 2020 supporting with DKK 22 million to the engineering and demonstration of the power buoy. The Danish Maritime Fund has provided initial support to conceptualise the project.

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CMA CGM adds LNG powered container vessel to its fleet

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The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE has joined CMA CGM Group’s fleet thus becoming the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world. A global leader in shipping and logistics, CMA CGM has made the symbolic choice of naming its new flagship after its founder, Jacques Saadé, a visionary and entrepreneur.

A unique naming ceremony for a unique ship  

The joining of the fleet of the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé was marked by a first-of-its-kind digital naming ceremony that saw the shipyard’s representatives in Shanghai and CMA CGM Group’s management in Marseille share an emotional landmark moment in their common history. Blessed by father Francis Fang, the vessel was then officially named by her Godmother, Tanya Saadé Zeenny, who wished the ship, the captain and its crew the best of luck on their future voyages with the traditional words “May God bless this ship and all who will sail on her”.

LNG, a pioneering choice aimed at preserving air quality and driving the energy transition

In November of 2017, Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, decided to equip this series of container ships with LNG-powered engines – a first in the history of shipping for Ultra Large Container Vessels. The CMA CGM Group has thereby proven its commitment towards driving forward maritime transport’s energy transition.

Today, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality. It enables a 99% reduction in sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions, and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions, going well above and beyond existing regulation. LNG emits up to 20% less CO2 compared to fuel motorization. This technology is one of the first step towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality.

Innovation-packed vessels, the result of 7 years of research and development from CMA CGM experts

These nine vessels are packed with innovations, the result of a long cooperation between CMA CGM’s research and development experts and industrial partners.

In addition to LNG motorization, the vessels offer advanced technologies:

  • The cockpit boasts the latest embedded digital technologies to assist the commander and crew, in particular for port maneuvers;
  • They feature a redesigned straight bow with an integrated bulb, a redesigned rudder, and a redesigned propeller all of which substantially improve the vessels hydrodynamics, thereby reducing energy consumption.

These 9 vessels bear a specific “LNG Powered” label that will be recognizable on all seas across the globe.

An extraordinary construction project that mobilized the know-how and expertise of CMA CGM Group’s experts and their industrial partners

From its design all the way to its operation, without forgetting its construction, The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE benefited from the know-how and expertise of the best French, European, and global industry leaders. A number of specialized companies played their parts in this landmark construction project, including:

  • BIO-UV Group, a French specialist in ultraviolet-based water disinfection systems who provided the BIO-SEA system, a ballast water treatment technology,
  • CSSC, Shanghai’s shipyards who developed a globally recognized know-how and expertise in container ship construction,
  • Cryostar, a French expert in high technology cryogenic equipment who provided the LNG pumps,
  • Bureau Veritas, a French classification company in charge of guaranteeing the certification of the CMA CGM JAQUES SAADE and its sister ships,
  • BLM, a French company who provided winches and windlass,
  • GTT, a French technology and engineering company expert in membrane containment systems, selected for the design of LNG tanks and related technical services.
  • Schneider Electric, a French industrial group who designed the vessel’s electrical switchboards,
  • Sperry Marine, company based in the United Kingdom and responsible for radio navigation and platform equipment,
  • Total and Rotterdam port who provided LNG refueling services,
  • Wartsila, a Finnish gas provider who handled system and auxiliary systems,
  • WinGD, the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE’s primary engine designer.

CMA CGM pioneers France’s LNG field of excellence in maritime transport

The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, along with its eight 23 000 TEU sister ships (twenty-foot equivalent unit) will be registered at the French International Register (FIR). They will bear the names of landmark Parisian monuments and other renowned venues and institutions from throughout the French capital (Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro, and Sorbonne). CMA CGM has chosen Total as part of a major industrial partnership to supply them with gas. Thereby making CMA CGM the initiator in structuring a genuine LNG field of excellence in maritime transport.

A first journey on the largest sea route in the world at the heart of exchanges between Asia and Europe

The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE will start its maiden voyage as of September 23rd on the French Asia Line (FAL), CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe. Its rotation will lead it to the ports of Pusan in South Korea; Tianjin, Ningbo, Shanghai and Yantian, China; Singapore; Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Algeciras in Europe; and Port Kelang in Malaysia. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days.

On the occasion of the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE’s coming into service, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, declared:

“The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of 7 years of research and development. While guaranteeing the safety of our crew, it preserves air quality and will be part of our fight against global warming. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods. We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.”

MA CGM JACQUES SAADE has joined CMA CGM Group’s fleet thus becoming the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world. Image: CMA CGM

CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE has joined CMA CGM Group’s fleet thus becoming the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world. Image: CMA CGM

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Wilhelmsen and Østensjø join forces to fast track growth of renewable energy company Edda Wind

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Launched in 2018, Edda Wind owns and operates service vessels supporting the maintenance work conducted during the commissioning and operation of offshore wind parks. 

“The Wilhelmsen group’s strategy is very clear, to further expand into renewables, by working together with partners, and leveraging our expertise and assets. So, finding an opportunity like this to work with Østensjø and invest in Edda Wind, a growing company, rapidly expanding its fleet with future-focused emission free vessel technologies is ideal,” says Thomas Wilhelmsen, CEO of the Wilhelmsen group. 

Commenting on potential synergies, he adds, ”With our unrivalled global network, decades of in-depth logistical and operational expertise, and experience in the renewable space, through our NorSea and Elevon interests, Wilhelmsen is uniquely equipped to help unlock Edda Wind’s enormous potential. We also know a thing or two about hydrogen as a marine fuel, which might come in handy for the future vessels.” 

“We are very pleased with having Wilhelmsen as our partner in Edda Wind. During Østensjø’s 50-year long history of advanced offshore operations, we have gained experience and knowledge that has enabled us to become a significant supplier of service operation vessels within offshore wind. Wilhelmsen’s strong brand, competence, and global position, combined with both companies’ ambition to develop new green solutions, will further strengthen Edda Wind’s position to become a world-leading provider of offshore wind services. We have learned to know Wilhelmsen as a solid and knowledgeable company that stands for many of the same values as Østensjø Rederi, which makes me confident that this partnership will be both long-lasting and successful,” says Johannes Østensjø, owner of the Østensjø Group. 

Reflecting the rapid development of the offshore wind market, Edda Wind currently has two vessels in service, and four cutting edge, lowemission service vessels on order with yards. Long-term charter agreements are in place for two of the newbuilds ahead of their expected delivery in 2022. Østensjø Rederi will continue to manage the Edda Wind fleet. 

With clear ambitions to target growth regions such as the US East Coast and Asiathe time was right for Norwegian towage and offshore service vessel owner Østensjø to join forces with a forward looking, experienced global maritime partner like Wilhelmsen, willing and able to play an active role in taking Edda Wind to the next level.  

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