International freight news – April 2023

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HYZON MOTORS announces the commissioning of the first truck with DB SCHENKER

Hyzon Motors Inc, a global supplier of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (ZEFCVs), today announced that DB Schenker has deployed a Hyzon fuel cell electric truck in Germany. DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading logistics service providers, uses the truck daily between Cologne (Germany) and Eupen (Belgium). It is the first fuel cell electric vehicle in the HGV category to be used in commercial operations in Germany.

DB Schenker uses the Hyzon truck in a pay-per-use model offered by hylane. A rental company specialising in CO2-neutral commercial vehicles. A wholly-owned subsidiary of DEVK, one of Germany’s largest car insurers. Hylane specialises in providing complete hydrogen solutions for the logistics sector, minimising the risks for customers. But also accelerating the rate at which zero-emission vehicles replace diesel.

Germany is expected to be one of the world’s leading markets for zero-emission commercial vehicle technologies over the next few years. This is because there are already significant national incentives in place to encourage heavy-duty vehicles to move away from diesel.

About Hyzon

Hyzon is a global supplier of fuel cell electric mobility. With US operations in Rochester, Chicago and Detroit. And international operations in the Netherlands, Australia and China. Hyzon is an energy transition accelerator and technology innovator offering end-to-end solutions in the transportation sector. With a focus on commercial vehicles and hydrogen supply infrastructure. With its proven and proprietary hydrogen fuel cell technology. Hyzon aims to deliver zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses to its customers. Located in North America, Europe and around the world to mitigate emissions from diesel transport.

Construction of the first sailing merchant ship began

With the announcement of the actual launch of the construction of its first Neoliner. Neoline has just taken another major step towards commissioning a transatlantic pilot line in mid-2025.

Eight years after the creation of Neoline Développement and two years after the creation of Neoline Armateur. The Nantes-based shipowner has finally achieved what it set out to do. Thanks to the effective launch of the construction of its first sailing cargo ship.

Co-financed by CMA CGM,. ADEME Investissement, Neoline Développement, Corsica Ferries, Louis Hardy S.A.S, Banque des Territoires and the Pays-de-la-Loire Region. The ro-ro cargo ship, which is mainly sail-powered, will be built by the Turkish shipyard RMK Marine.

The 136 m long Ro-Ro (Roll-on / Roll-off) vessel will have two 76 m high SolidSail folding carbon masts and retractable anti-drift plans. It will be powered mainly by its 3,000 m² sail area.

Operating at a commercial speed of 11 knots, this first Neoliner is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-90% and virtually eliminate SOx (sulphur oxides), NOx (nitrogen oxides) and particulate emissions.

Its loading capacity will be 1,200 linear metres (2.8 m wide) or 265 20-foot containers for a maximum weight of 5,300 tonnes of goods.

The first Neoliner will enter service on the pilot line in mid-2025, six months later than originally planned.

Casablanca hosts the 46th and 17th meetings of the scientific groups on preventing marine pollution

Mr Mohammed ABDELJALIL, Minister of Transport and Logistics. Presided over the opening ceremony of the 46th and 17th meetings of the scientific research groups in Casablanca on Monday 13 March 2023. This meeting will focus on the implementation of the relevant provisions of the 1972 London Convention and its 1996 Protocol on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter from Ships, Aircraft and Platforms.

This event is part of the technical cooperation between the Ministry of Transport. And Logistics with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It consists of the organisation of a meeting of scientific research groups. The meeting will take place from 13 to 17 March 2023, and will focus on the monitoring of and compliance with the two treaties.

The work of this meeting will include the drafting of Guidelines. With the aim of selecting sites for dumping waste. But also other materials at sea and for site management and monitoring plans.

It should be noted that this event saw the organisation of a regional workshop from 8 to 10 March 2023 in Casablanca. The workshop was attended by 14 West African and Mediterranean countries and focused on the London Convention and its Protocol. The aim of this workshop is to increase the number of adherents to the said Protocol. This will maximise the benefits that can be derived from full implementation of this instrument.

All sectors in the Port of Hamburg affected by the crisis

For the port of Hamburg, growth was not on the cards in 2022 in terms of overall volume. Flirting with 120 million tonnes, it has seen a drop of 6.8% compared with 2021.

“The war in Ukraine and trade sanctions against Russia, disruptions to the global supply chain due to the pandemic, port industrial action in the second half of the year and rising inflation in the autumn”. Axel Mattern, Managing Director of Marketing at the German port authority, lists the various factors that weighed heavily on the German market last year.
At 8.3 million TEUs, the number of containers transiting Hamburg’s docks fell by 5.1% in one year. However, a closer look at the figures shows that the Hanseatic port got the year off to a good start. The first half of the year was positive. But the last quarter brought some nasty surprises, with a severe 12.3% drop in business in the last three months of the year.

Poland, this year’s star performer

On the import side, the number of TEUs fell by 6.1% to 4.2 million. On the export side, annual volume fell by 4.1% to 4.1m TEUs.
With a volume of 2.46 million TEU (-3.8%), China remained the German port’s leading partner. The Middle Kingdom was followed (by a long way) by the United States, which accounted for 605,000 TEU of traffic for the Hanseatic ports last year (-2.1%), and by Singapore, in third place, with 423,000 TEU (-1.1%).
Lastly, Poland provided a pleasant surprise for the German port authority, with a 25% increase in volume compared with 2021, with 294,000 TEUs.

Bulk goods also a victim of the economic situation

Aside from general cargo, bulk goods saw an erosion in 2022. Solid bulk fell in one year from 21.6 Mt to 20.2 Mt, down 6.3%. Liquids, at 10 Mt, were also down, by an estimated 15.2%. Another category of bulk listed by the Hamburg port authority was agricultural bulk, which fell by 6% to 6 Mt.