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The Board of Directors of Valencia Plataforma Intermodal y Logística has approved the award of four blocks or plots of land in the Logistics Activities Zone to the companies Grupo Raminatrans, QA Pimba, MSC and Medlog Iberia, firms that submitted their bids and opted for surface rights to develop their business projects in the logistics platform facilities.
The award of VPI Logística (a company in which the Port Authority of Valencia holds a 98.4% stake) is conditional on the completion of the work and the reception of the land conditioning by the City Council of Valencia.
With this award, a further step has been taken towards activating a strategically important logistics infrastructure for the city of Valencia, the region of Horta, and for the Port of Valencia.
The Special Plan of the ZAL was promoted, approved and signed in December 2018 by the vice Ministry of Housing, Public Works and Territorial Planning of the Generalitat Valenciana; which introduced important environmental and mobility improvements, with respect to the previous project.
The Port Authority of Valencia has highlighted the importance for the awarded companies to be able to start developing their projects in the LAZ, an initiative that will serve as a stimulus for the reactivation of the economy and the creation of employment with the execution of the works carried out by the four awarded companies to develop their logistics and business projects and the development of their operational activity.
In this regard, it should be noted that the Ministry of Transport reported last week that the Public Business Land Entity approved on June 23rd the contract file for the works for the municipal reception of the LAZ of Valencia, for an amount of 5.3 million euros and an execution period of 10 months. For the Ministry of Transport, “with the execution of these works and their municipal reception, an area that will be an economic engine for the whole region will be consolidated for the city”.
This project contemplates the repair and tuning of the sewage system, pavements and paving, gardening and irrigation and lighting in the Logistics Zone so that the facilities of this logistics platform are fully operational before the landing of the awarded companies.
73.4 million, an investment that will create 1,518 jobs (188 direct and 1,330 indirect). The planned investment and employment are in line with the estimates made by the PAV and are in line with the jobs that this type of activity generates in other port logistics areas.
The companies that will set up in the LAZ of the port of Valencia have undertaken to hire long-term unemployed people and people at risk of social exclusion. In all cases, the business projects have a strong ecological component, either through the installation of complex energy saving systems and photovoltaic plants or through the commitment not to contract electricity supply from fossil fuels.
The first 4 companies in the LAZ
The Valencian company Raminatrans Group has committed to an investment of 9.21 million euros to build a logistics warehouse to temporarily manage customs warehouses, order preparation, packaging and labelling of goods. This warehouse will cover an area of 15,496 m2 on a plot -the F2 in the LAZ plan- of 24,863 m2, that is, the facility will occupy 62% of the area it is intended for.
Raminatrans Group is evaluating the impact of its project in terms of employment in 50 direct jobs and another 150 indirect ones. In its offer, Raminatrans is committed to hiring in the neighbourhoods near the LAZ and to guaranteeing gender equality in its hiring with parity between men and women.
The company also undertakes to collaborate with local NGOs and will use the association Enkadena, a temporary employment agency that employs former prisoners in the area, to offer jobs. Raminatrans has named its plan for the LAZ as “Project Zero” since it will be a building with zero CO2 emissions.
For its part, the also Valencian company QA Pimba plans to invest 8.63 million euros to build a 21,512 m2 building on plot G2. With these figures, the percentage of occupation of this plot is 64%. In terms of jobs, the project of QA Pimba expects to generate 53 direct jobs and 180 indirect ones.
In its business project, QA Pimba is committed to prioritizing employment for residents in the area of the LAZ and to developing a CSR policy committed to its closest environment. In environmental matters, the company details investments in solar, thermal and photovoltaic energy and commitments to reduce CO2.
Regarding MSC, its project includes an investment of 19.86 million euros for the construction of a 20,200 m2 warehouse to be located on plot A2, which represents 60% of the location of this plot. MSC’s project envisages the creation of 60 direct jobs and 500 indirect ones. In the socio-economic field, MSC is committed to hiring 2% of the employment it generates among people at risk of social exclusion or long-term unemployed.
In the environmental field, it proposes to strongly promote the electric vehicle in its facilities and to install 5,050 solar energy generating units that will allow an annual saving in emissions of 785 tons of CO2 per year. The installed power of its photovoltaic plant will be 1,662 Kwp, which will generate 2,040,825 Kwhp per year.
The highest investment offered for a plot of land in the LAZ is proposed by MEDLOG, a business extension of the MSC group. This company has offered an investment of 35.76 million euros for the installation of a logistics warehouse specialized in cold container transport for frozen and refrigerated products. The announced employment is 25 direct jobs and 500 indirect jobs. The company will build a 25,400 m2 warehouse on plot B2 of the Logistics Zone, which will occupy 65% of its 39,600 m2 plot.
MEDLOG is committed to carrying out 2% of its contracts among the group of long-term unemployed or people at risk of social exclusion who live in the area of the LAZ; and as an environmental approach, this company announces that it will request electricity supply from companies that guarantee that the origin of the contracted energy does not generate contaminating emissions; that is, from sources that do not generate CO2.
At the same time, MEGLOG is offering to build its own photovoltaic power plant in its premises in the Logistics Zone by installing panels with a power capacity of 2,093 Kwp, for which it will install 6,343 photovoltaic units or modules, capable of generating a saving of 1,074 tonnes of CO2 per year. All the warehouse machines, forklifts, vehicles, etc. will be electric. With these measures, the company aims to obtain BREAM certification.
Jan De Nul signs contract with Dogger Bank Wind Farm
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Dogger Bank Wind Farm and Jan De Nul Group announce the signing of the final contract for the transport and installation of the GE Haliade-X offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, 130 km off the Yorkshire coast, starting in 2023. Turbine delivery and installation at the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the first assignment for the world’s largest Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel owned by Jan De Nul Group, the Voltaire.
The 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is being delivered in the North Sea in three 1.2GW phases, is set to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when complete and is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.
When complete, Dogger Bank will generate enough energy to power over 4.5 million homes every year – around 5% of the UK’s electricity needs.
Dogger Bank Wind Farm secured 3.6 GW of offshore wind contracts in the UK Government’s 2019 contracts for difference auctions. Record low prices were awarded for the three projects making up Dogger Bank Wind Farm: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B are now moving towards final investment decision, expected by the end of 2020. SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm and Equinor will lead on operations for its lifetime of at least 25 years, creating around 200 jobs in the North East.
Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Project Director at SSE Renewables: “We’re very pleased to have signed the final contract with industry leader Jan De Nul Group to transport and install the turbines for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B. Jan De Nul has a proven track record of transporting and installing new generation offshore wind turbines at scale and its state-of-the-art Voltaire vessel will be the largest and ultra-clean jack up vessel ever seen in the industry when operational. This contract further demonstrates the industry-leading status of Dogger Bank Wind Farm and the innovative supply chain partners such as Jan De Nul that are delivering the project.”
Halfdan Brustad, Vice President for Dogger Bank at Equinor: “Dogger Bank is a record-breaking project, leading the way in terms of technology and scale. We are so pleased to have secured the Voltaire vessel for this project, not only is it the largest of its kind, but also the first Ultra-Low Emission jack-up vessel, which is truly pioneering. Innovation across all levels of the supply chain has enabled offshore wind projects to grow in size whilst reducing costs, and this has been a large factor in the growing success of offshore wind.”
Philippe Hutse, Director Offshore Division at Jan De Nul Group: “We are delighted to have signed the first contract for our new generation jack-up vessel Voltaire and to work together with industry leaders SSE Renewables and Equinor. When taking the decision to build this exciting vessel we had exactly the type of project in mind like Dogger Bank Wind Farm in terms of scale and characteristics of the offshore sites and the turbines. We are proud to contribute to the worldwide transition to renewable energies by installing the offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B in the most efficient and clean manner possible.”
North Carolina Ports records year-over-year increases in fiscal year 2020
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The North Carolina State Ports Authority recorded year-over-year increases in volumes through the Port of Wilmington and Port of Morehead City in Fiscal Year 2020, which ended June 30, 2020.
North Carolina Ports container volume through the Port of Wilmington in FY20 increased by 4 percent over FY19. NC Ports set a record for refrigerated containers, moving 12,839 boxes, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. In total, refrigerated container volume has increased 267 percent between FY15 and FY20.
Additionally, the Port of Wilmington recorded 36 percent year-over-year growth for general cargo operations, moving a total of 2.8 million tons of bulk and breakbulk cargo in FY20. The Port of Morehead City also saw year-over-year increases in general cargo. A total of 1.1 million tons of bulk and breakbulk cargo moved through Morehead City, an increase of 2 percent over FY19.
“Despite the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina Ports was able to report year-over-year growth in both container and general cargo business which is a testament to the ongoing hard work of our employees,” said Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports. “We were on pace for a record year in terms of volume before an influx of blank sailings due to COVID-19. Regardless, we are pleased NC Ports was able to push through this uncertainty and record a positive performance in FY20.”
“The fact that North Carolina Ports was able to record year-over-year increases despite COVID-19 is evidence that more customers are looking to NC Ports due to our ability to offer more supply chain and value delivery options,” added Hans C.E. Bean, Chief Commercial Officer, North Carolina Ports.
Building on the positive momentum, NC Ports reached several key milestones in its more than $200 million capital improvements plan in FY20.
- Record financial performance with earnings at an all-time high.
- Completed an air draft improvement project over the Cape Fear River.
- Opened 2,600 contiguous feet of container berth space at the Port of Wilmington.
- Completed Phase 2 of its turning basin expansion project.
- Welcomed the largest vessel to the Port of Wilmington, the 13,100 TEU MV Hyundai Hope.
- Opened a new refrigerated container yard at the Port of Wilmington.
- Welcomed a new rail-mounted gantry crane at the Port of Morehead City.
In addition to improvements at the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina Ports also completed construction upgrades at Charlotte Inland Port. The improvements doubled the container capacity of the inland facility by enabling the grounding of loaded and empty containers while improving cargo velocity and enhancing trucker experience with improved traffic flow. These upgrades coupled with NC Ports’ enhanced next-day intermodal rail service, the Queen City Express, enabled the Ports Authority to double rail volume moving between the Port of Wilmington and Charlotte, North Carolina.
“FY20 was an exciting year for North Carolina Ports in terms of infrastructure development. These critical infrastructure improvements enable us to tailor our growth to meet customers’ needs and better facilitate long-term plans and business projections,” said Brian E. Clark, Chief Operating Officer, North Carolina Ports. “What’s even more exciting is we have several projects that will come online in our new Fiscal Year all designed to further enhance port capabilities and global connectivity.”
Moving into Fiscal Year 2021
As North Carolina Ports moves into Fiscal Year 2021, the agency is continuing with its capital improvements plan. Other improvements in development include the container terminal master plan which will increase the Port of Wilmington’s annual throughput capacity to more than one million TEUs as well as the building of a new container truck gate complex. Together, these projects will enable NC Ports to meet the demand of increased volume on container moves at the Port of Wilmington.
The Ports Authority will also continue to press forward with long-term navigational improvements to the Wilmington Navigational Harbor. Shortly before the end of FY20, the Ports Authority received authorization from the United States Army Corp of Engineers for the Wilmington Navigational Harbor Improvement Project aimed at deepening and widening the shipping channel. The project now sits with the United States Congress. WNHIP must receive Congressional approval before any formal construction can begin.
World’s first zero-emission top handles performing well at Port of Los Angeles
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The world’s first zero-emissions top handlers, unveiled last fall as part of a pre-commercial demonstration project at the Port of Los Angeles, are now being used in daily operations at the Everport Container Terminal.
“We are pleased with performance results that we are receiving from drivers, mechanics and Everport management as the equipment is tested daily in real-world conditions,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are doing everything possible to advance commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo-handling equipment to zero emissions by 2030.”
The two battery-electric top handlers were designed and built in the U.S. by Taylor Machine Works, Inc. a leading heavy-duty equipment manufacturer and the largest supplier of top handlers in service at the Port. Also known as top picks, top handlers are off-road vehicles with an overhead boom for loading containers weighing up to 100,000 pounds onto trucks and trains, unloading them, and stacking them on terminals between pickups and deliveries.
The top handlers run on a one-megawatt battery designed to operate for up to 18 hours between charges. Each top handler has a data logger for tracking hours of operation, charging frequency, energy usage and other performance indicators. Additionally, drivers and mechanics are providing input on the maneuverability, noise level and safety of the equipment.
The battery-electric top handlers are a key component of the Port’s $7.7 million Everport Advanced Cargo-Handling Demonstration Project. The California Energy Commission is supporting the large-scale zero-emissions technology project with a $4.5 million sustainability grant.
The Everport demonstration is one of 16 projects in which the Port is either the lead agency or a participant working with multiple partners to test near-zero emissions and zero-emissions engines, emissions control technology, and alternative fueling and charging stations. In addition to the battery-electric top handlers, the projects include testing ultra-low NOx renewable natural gas equipment and fully battery-electric fuel cell heavy-duty trucks; battery-electric forklifts, yard tractors, and rubber-tired gantry cranes; and emissions control equipment on large ships and harbor craft.
Eliminating tailpipe emissions from cargo-handling equipment is essential to achieving the Port’s larger goal of reducing greenhouse gases from all port-related sources. Port targets call for reducing GHGs 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
The Port of Los Angeles remains open with all terminals operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $276 billion in trade during 2019. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.
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