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Cargotec and SSAB pioneering fossil-free steel in cargo handling industry

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Cargotec and SSAB have agreed to work on the introduction of fossil-free steel to the cargo handling industry. The intent outlines that the companies will start coordinated development toward the use of SSAB’s fossil-free steel in Cargotec’s cargo handling equipment.

This is a strategic partnership for the benefit of both parties and end customers. It represents a significant milestone in moving toward a sustainable development and a fossil-free product offering.

“I am proud that we are paving the way in the cargo handling industry through commitment to using fossil-free steel and have this unique opportunity to work with a forerunner in fossil-free steel development. This is an important step towards our vision of becoming a leader in sustainable cargo flow,” says Mika Vehvilainen, CEO of Cargotec.

“We are happy to welcome Cargotec as a partner for fossil-free steel products. Close collaboration with the development of a fossil-free value chain means we contribute to strengthening our customers’ competitiveness and to reducing their carbon footprint. Together, we also ensure the best solutions for end users,” says Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO of SSAB.

Steel and steel components are the main contributors for CO2 footprint at Cargotec’s scope 3 (value chain) upstream emissions. The total CO2 footprint comprises upstream emissions, which account for over a third of Cargotec’s total emissions, emissions from own operations (scope 1 and 2), and emissions from the use-phase of the products (scope 3 downstream). Fossil-free steel has significantly lower environmental impact and hence, contributes towards a carbon neutral value chain. It has been estimated that steel demand will increase in the future and hence, meeting this demand requires development and usage of fossil-free steel alternatives.

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ClassNK joins as signatory to Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization

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Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization urge world leaders to align shipping with the Paris Agreement temperature goal. The private sector is already taking important steps to decarbonize global supply chains. It is indispensable that governments deliver the policies that will supercharge the transition and make zero emission shipping the default choice by 2030.

Full decarbonization of international shipping is urgent and achievable. This is the clear message from more than 150 industry leaders and organizations representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports, and infrastructure. In conjunction with the UN General Assembly and ahead of critical climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow this November, they call on governments to work together with industry to deliver the policies and investments needed to reach critical tipping points in decarbonizing global supply chains and the global economy.

Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization call on world leaders to:

Commit to decarbonizing international shipping by 2050 and deliver a clear and equitable implementation plan to achieve this when adopting the IMO GHG Strategy in 2023.

Support industrial scale zero emission shipping projects through national action, for instance by setting clear decarbonization targets for domestic shipping and by providing incentives and support to first movers and broader deployment of zero emissions fuels and vessels.

Deliver policy measures that will make zero emission shipping the default choice by 2030, including meaningful market-based measures, taking effect by 2025 that can support the commercial deployment of zero emission vessels and fuels in international shipping.
Signatories to the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization include some of the world’s largest actors in global trade, and ClassNK has joined. Taking this opportunity, Hiroaki Sakashita, President & CEO of ClassNK says “ClassNK commits to support both public and private approaches to zero emisssion by carrying out reliable regulatory service, developing broader certification service responding to emerging needs, and extending outcomes from partnerships with industry pioneers. With all our strengths, ClassNK will accompany the journey to shipping decarbonization.”

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Tufton and GoodFuels complete biofuel voyage to accelerate sustainability in shipping

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As part of its long-term sustainability strategy, Tufton completed a successful voyage with the use of 100% sustainable marine biofuel in partnership with leading marine biofuels supplier GoodFuels, together with Stolt Tankers and the technical managers Synergy Group.

Tufton’s partnership with GoodFuels reduces the environmental impact of its operations and advances the decarbonisation of shipping.

The sustainable biofuel, derived from feedstocks such as used cooking oil and waste animal fats, was used on board the 20,762 DWT chemical tanker Monax on its voyage from North Europe to Canada. This sustainable biofuel delivers a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction of between 80% and 90% compared to fossil fuel equivalents without requiring modifications to the engine or the fuel infrastructure.

Monax is one of the seven Tufton vessels that operate under the Stolt Tankers Joint Service Deep-Sea Fleet pool. The use of this biofuel is in line with both Tufton’s and Stolt Tankers’ ambition to significantly reduce the carbon emissions from their combined fleets. As part of the pooling arrangement, both organisations have also agreed to partner on sustainability and environmental projects, including this biofuel testing programme.

Andrew Hampson, Chief Executive Officer at Tufton, said: “I am pleased to see the positive results of the biofuel powered voyage. Tufton is committed to increasing the use of zero emission fuels in commercial operation over time as a step towards transitioning the portfolio fully to zero-carbon energy sources by 2050.”

Also commenting on the announcement, Bart Hellings, Chief Operating Officer at GoodFuels, said: “As a market leader and pioneer, supplying a credible sustainable solution to Tufton demonstrates how our sustainable marine biofuels can unlock an immediate decarbonisation impact, while also supporting the wider shipping industry to meet its environmental regulatory targets. The time for action on shipping’s carbon emissions is now, and Tufton is joining the ranks of our marine biofuel pioneers committed to sustainability.”

Lucas Vos, President Stolt Tankers said: “It’s great to see the positive results of the biofuel trial and I am pleased that Stolt Tankers and Tufton have taken the first step in our mutual commitment to protecting the environment. We are committed to working with our partners to explore new technologies as the industry moves towards a carbon-neutral future while continuing to provide customers with the highest levels of quality and safety that they expect from us.”

Monax is managed by Synergy Group, whose ship’s management team and onboard crew ensured continuous operational safety and optimal performance during the trial. Captain Rajesh Unni, Founder & CEO of Synergy Group, one of the world’s leading ship managers, said: “This project enabled us to deploy our full range of technical expertise and also demonstrated that a cleaner shipping industry is both feasible and achievable, even in the short-term. Biofuels have a vital role to play in decarbonising shipping as we establish ourselves as a truly sustainable industry.”

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Nautilus Labs expands partnership with TotalEnergies to reduce emissions

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Nautilus Labs, the technology firm advancing the efficiency of ocean commerce, has expanded the pilot phase initiated with TotalEnergies, the French broad energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale, to optimize LNG carrier’s fleet performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their path towards carbon neutrality.

TotalEnergies was looking for a technology partner to visualize and analyze fleet data in order to optimize overall operational efficiency and cut emissions. The charterer works with various owners and therefore requires a solution that can easily and seamlessly integrate with all existing ship-to-shore systems. The partnership with Nautilus Labs started in November 2020 and has since been expanded to the full long-term chartered fleet.

Nautilus Labs leverages high frequency sensor data and builds machine learning models to predict true vessel performance, normalized for environmental factors, allowing TotalEnergies to reduce emissions along with fuel consumption and increase voyage outcomes. TotalEnergies, founder signatory of the Sea Cargo Charter, leverages Nautilus Platform to improve, streamline, and automate emissions monitoring and reporting, including CII tracking, to comply with binding and non-binding regulations, ultimately striving for their goal of carbon neutrality.

Jerome Cousin, Vice President LNG Shipping at TotalEnergies, commented on the partnership: “As a charterer, your systems and partners have to be flexible, smart, being able to adapt to new requirements and regulations. In Nautilus we found a solution that can work with any owner and seamlessly integrates all data sets, helping us optimize performance and decisions made during voyages, to ultimately cut greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, we leverage Nautilus Platform to ease and streamline the process of emissions monitoring and reporting. Nautilus is an important partner for us to achieve our ‘Net Zero by 2050’ goal.”

“We’re excited to work with TotalEnergies, supporting their path towards carbon neutrality,” added Matt Heider, CEO at Nautilus Labs. “We often see siloed data and stakeholders in the industry, resulting in fuel waste and excess emissions. Nautilus Platform supports TotalEnergies in breaking down those barriers and embracing open collaboration. Our solution provides actionable insights, rooted in machine learning and naval architecture to help the industry drive towards maximum efficiency and decarbonization.”

“TotalEnergies and Nautilus partner to optimize total LNG consumption through dynamic operational recommendations. Nautilus’s machine learning-based voyage optimizations will soon include recommendations for management of cargo temperature and pressure to minimize boil-off gas, allowing us to cut down fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Eric Lepesan, Head of LNG Shipping Operations at TotalEnergies.

Julia Mason, Vice President Client Success at Nautilus Labs mentioned: “Collaboration is key in today’s environment. As an interoperable solution, we support TotalEnergies’ relationships with vessel owners, enhance transparency, and drive accountability. Our Platform allows TotalEnergies to understand vessel performance in order to benchmark, compare, and ultimately improve individual and fleet-wide operational efficiency.”

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