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ClassNK expands scope of Innovation Endorsement

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Leading Classification Society ClassNK has expanded the scope of its Innovation Endorsement, the third-party certification service tailored to innovative technologies and initiatives. Through third-party certification, ClassNK supports innovations related to environment, safety, and labor as well as the existing service for digital. Following the update of Innovation Endorsement policy, the society has revised its “Guidelines for Digital Smart Ships” and “Environmental Guidelines”.

As companies pursue ESG management and the SDGs to realize a sustainable society, various innovations have been vital to resolve challenges. In order to support the spread of innovative technologies for which clear standards for evaluation are not likely to be established, ClassNK launched Innovation Endorsement in July 2020 to provide certification services regardless of existing requirements under the principle policies of “speed-focused”, “corporation with front runners”, and “certification responding to needs of clients and society”. Based on the initial framework covering digital technology, ClassNK has so far issued Digital Smart Ship (DSS) notations for 70 ships and certified four solutions.

Having extended Innovation Endorsement, the society recognized the need for third-party certification on innovative technologies and initiatives are not limited to the digital sector. Hence, ClassNK has decided to expand the scope of Innovation Endorsement to the categories of “environment”, safety”, and “labor” on top of “digital”. Under the four categories expanded, the certification is conducted for “(1) Ships”, “(2) Products & Solutions” such as software and equipment, and “(3) Providers” providing products and solutions. The new policy for Innovation Endorsement has been described as “ClassNK – Innovation Endorsement Approach”.

Furthermore, following the policy update, the society has revised its Guidelines for Digital Smart Ships and Environmental Guidelines. Guidelines for Digital Smart Ship (Edition 2.0) stipulating class notations for the ships provided with systems utilizing digital technology (smart systems) has added target smart systems and established provisions for identifying smart systems by their level of technology advances. Environmental Guidelines (Edition 4.0) stipulating class notations for environmental measures on ships has established the notation for “Advanced Environmental Awareness (a-EA)” to indicate the advanced environmental measures are taken, in addition to existing environmental notations (EA). The guidelines also include the relevance of ships’ environmental measures to the SDGs in response to the growing interest to the SDGs.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Toshiro Arima, Corporate Officer, General Manager of Digital Transformation Center noted “Industry’s feedback on Innovation Endorsement has been positive, and we are on the right path to provide the third-party certification for innovative technologies and initiatives. I am glad to have expanded the scope of Innovation Endorsement to serve the industry and society better. The revised guidelines have further streamlined the scheme to certify the ships with digital and environmental innovations. We are now working on developing class notations related to the innovations on safety and labor as well as on strengthening verification methodology for products & solutions, and providers. ClassNK continues striving for supporting innovations with its expertise and collaboration with front runners.“

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APM Terminals and ZPMC enter into strategic alliance

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A memorandum of understanding between the companies will change equipment purchasing from a purely transactional process to a more strategic collaboration with strong focus on automation.

With automation being one of the key components of APM Terminals’ strategy of “Safer, Better, Bigger”, it is critical for the company to have access to adequate, state-of-the-art automated equipment for its diverse terminal portfolio. However, the common industry practice of transactional customer-supplier relationships has proven less effective in complex automation deployments that require a more integrated approach between APM Terminals and the supplier.

Therefore, APM Terminals is implementing a strategic alliancing framework, initiated with the signing of an Alliance Memorandum of Understanding with port equipment manufacturer ZPMC (Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited). The focus of this memorandum is the joint development and deployment of a wide range of automated solutions, including automated container handling equipment.

Signed in October by APM Terminals CEO Morten Engelstoft and ZPMC Chairman and President Liu Chengyun in a virtual ceremony, the Memorandum of Understanding also includes an order for 18 Ship-to Shore (STS) Cranes and 9 Yard cranes across 6 terminals and the reservation of production slots for additional 25 STS cranes and 62 Yard cranes in the future.

“With this alliance, we are leveraging our 23 year-long relationship more effectively, in which APM Terminals demonstrates strong commitment towards ZPMC and in return receives prioritization of factory capacity, access to the best resources, active involvement in product development according to our needs and a commitment to maintain the relationship on long-term basis”, comments APM Terminals CEO Morten Engelstoft.

ZPMC’s automated equipment is already in operation in several of APM Terminals’ facilities, namely in Vado Ligure (Italy), Lazaro Cardenas (Mexico) and its latest automated terminal in Tangier, Morocco. Most recently, the company is also running a pilot with ZPMC’s Automated Straddle Carriers in its Aarhus (Denmark).

ZPMC Chairman and President, Mr Liu Chengyun highlighted the progress his company has already made in several domestic automation projects in China. “I hope these good experiences will now translate into even better results for APM Terminals, as we now embark on this strengthened collaboration based on innovation and co-development”, Mr Chengyun added.

As well as the automation focus of the Memorandum of Understanding, both parties expect the new framework to also spark closer collaboration in areas like safety, supply chain and decarbonisation.

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Windpark Fryslan: world’s largest shallow water windfarm

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Blades, towers, hubs: all kinds of wind turbine parts have recently been transported via the port of Amsterdam to the construction site of the Netherlands’ largest shallow water windfarm: Windpark Fryslan.

In October, the last turbine left the TMA Logistics terminal in the Amerikahaven. The windfarm – of 89 turbines in total – is now completely finished. Windpark Fryslân – which will supply about 380 MW of power to about 500,000 households – is the fifth large wind farm to be installed from this region.

IJmuiden region has made a major contribution to the realization of this largest wind farm on inland waterways. In this region, the facilities and knowledge are available to facilitate the logistics, assembly and production of components.

For example, in addition to the location of TMA Logistics, several locations are available in the ports of IJmuiden and Amsterdam to facilitate this. And with the arrival of the Energiehaven in IJmuiden in 2025, we can also facilitate the installation of the future offshore windfarms which are planned on the North Sea.

The Amsterdam port region is one of the world’s most important logistics hubs. With a freight throughput of 100 million tons per year, Amsterdam is one of the top five seaports in Western Europe. Its strategic and central location in Europe makes the port easily accessible and ensures excellent connections with all major European markets.

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A record at Port of Los Angeles as cargo volume exceeds 903,000 TEUs

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The Port of Los Angeles processed 903,865 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units i.e., TEUs in September, the busiest September ever in the Port’s 114-year history. Year to date, overall cargo volume stands at 8,176,917 TEUs, an increase of 26% compared to 2020.

“Despite the global supply chain challenges, the Port of Los Angeles and its partners continue to deliver record amounts of cargo,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This is made possible by the extraordinary effort of our longshore workers, truck drivers, terminal operators and so many others on the waterfront and in our region’s warehouses. I’m grateful to all of them.

“Of particular note is the great work by BNSF and Union Pacific, which have reduced the rail backlog in half in the last month and by two-thirds over the last two months,” Seroka added. “We’ve got more work to do but we’ve made significant progress due to the collaborative efforts with our Class 1 railroads.”

September 2021 loaded imports reached 468,059 TEUs, about the same amount compared to the previous year. Loaded exports dropped 42% to 75,714 TEUs compared to the same period last year. It was the lowest number of exports since 2002.

Empty containers climbed to 360,092 TEUs, a jump of 28% compared to last year due to the continued demand in Asia. In total, September’s 903,865 TEUs was 2.3% above last September’s previous record of 883,625 TEUs.

North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $259 billion in trade during 2020. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. The Port of Los Angeles has remained open with all terminals operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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