News / Ocean carriers’ online carbon calculators are ‘useless’, says report

first_img© Drijan By Mike Wackett 05/12/2019 Ocean carriers have been stung by a SeaIntelligence report which brands their online CO2 calculators as “useless” and “pointless”.The Copenhagen research firm claimed they were “riddled with absurdly poor data”, citing, among other things, inconsistent sailing distances being quoted by different carriers for the same ship.Most of the world’s biggest container lines, along with many major forwarders and shippers, are members of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), a not-for-profit carrier-shipper initiative dedicated to improving the environmental performance of container transport through measurement, evaluation and reporting.The members use CCWG calculation methodology as the basis for their CO2 calculators.The CCWG published its most recent report on vessel emission data, for 2018, in October, compiled from CO2 emissions data reported by 3,200 ships from 17 shipping lines, including Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM, Cosco, Evergreen and Hapag-Lloyd.It reported that since 2015, CO2 emissions per container had fallen by 9.6%, which it said indicated that the industry was “making progress” towards meeting the target set by the IMO of halving CO2 emissions from shipping by 2050.However, pressure is growing on shippers, logistics providers and container lines to show their customers and investors evidence of their commitment to “responsible operations and reducing their carbon footprint”.Indeed, as well as the CO2 calculators rolled out by the carriers, forwarders have adopted similar models using CCWG methodology, with Kuehne + Nagel (a CCWG member) for example, having included the CO2 emissions generated by sea freight on its invoices to customers since 2017.OOCL –its online CO2 calculator was analysed by SeaIntelligence – said its “data collection process, as well as the accuracy of the research and methodology”, had been verified by ABS Consulting, an affiliate of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in conjunction with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies).However, the Cosco subsidiary has said that the calculations generated by its carbon calculator “should be used at your own discretion”, suggesting a user make contact “if in doubt of the calculations”.A spokesperson for Hapag-Lloyd explained that, to some extent, carriers were caught in a paradox.“The majority of eco-calculators in the market are based on a third-party solution and tradelane data, which unfortunately does not reflect individual utilisations and other more specific vessel information. Therefore, it can only give users an indication about CO2 emissions based on averages and market data.”And carriers privately admit there is “a lot more tweaking to be done” on their online CO2 calculators. Indeed, Maersk told The Loadstar today that currently it did not offer one.Another carrier told The Loadstar its online CO2 calculator should only be used as a guide to track the carbon footprint of a shipment.“I would suggest that any carrier or actor in the supply chain would, if they were being honest, say the same.” it added.And in a LinkedIn post, Paul Woodall, director, environment & sustainability at DFDS, added: “The problem originates from the fact that making such calculations is far from easy, trust me, I try this every day. It is all based on the assumptions you apply; you can get any figure you like and you can even prove it has been calculated correctly.”Meanwhile, another carrier source said that there were just “too many variables” that go into the design of the calculator to make the “estimate real”, but accepted that carriers should at least be able to get the transit distance for the shipment correct.last_img read more

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China Creates UEP Sanctions Impasse

first_img Facebook Twitter News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak China Creates UEP Sanctions Impasse The UN committee charged with overseeing the implementation of sanctions against North Korea has said it will persist in trying to overcome Chinese resistance to new recommendations which call for the tightening of sanctions against Pyongyang. The Chinese are reportedly refusing to allow the publication of a report which calls the North Korean uranium enrichment program (UEP) a fresh violation of UN sanctions resolutions and demands that the sanctions be tightened in response. The recommendations go against China’s general position of refusing to strongly condemn North Korea while calling for the re-starting of the Six-Party Talks, which it chairs.“We’re looking at the recommendations,” the chair of the committee, Portuguese UN Ambassador Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral told reporters after a meeting yesterday in which the report was discussed. “We will see how we treat it and what we do with it in due course.” “You have to discuss these things in depth and give it time and be patient and eventually arrive at a decision based on consensus,” he added.However, without consensus between Security Council members, it will be hard to achieve anything of substance.The report’s recommendations are based on evidence obtained by Siegfried Hecker, the American nuclear scientist who was shown North Korea’s uranium enrichment site in the middle of the Yongbyon nuclear research facility in early November.According to AFP, the unpublished report quotes Hecker as saying that the North Koreans must have had foreign assistance to build the surprisingly advanced UEP facility. While this has yet to be publicly confirmed, in an article published by Physics Today shortly after last year’s trip, Hecker said of the enrichment centrifuges at the site, “We still don’t think they have the ability to make their own high-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloys, so they must have procured that from somewhere else.”“Most likely, they put it together themselves domestically,” he added, “but they were able to get the components (ring magnets, bearings, vacuum valves, and so forth) in the international market. And these components and materials are on the export control list, but it looks likely they were able to work around the export control restrictions.”Chinese opposition to the report is said to be officially predicated on the notion that Hecker’s observations have not been independently confirmed. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News SHAREcenter_img AvatarChris Green RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Chris Green – 2011.02.24 5:09pm Newslast_img read more

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FMC Releases Report on Roots and Effects of Congestion at U.S. Container Ports

first_imgA staff report released by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has identified cargo growth, investment constraints, the introduction of larger ships, and ocean carrier alliances as the major causes of congestion at the nation’s container ports.The report entitled ”U.S. Container Port Congestion & Related International Supply Chain Issues: Causes, Consequences & Challenges,”suggests that continued growth in U.S. international trade seems to be outpacing investment in new capacity at terminals and “last mile” connectors to ports. U.S. liner cargo could double in volume sometime between 2025 and 2029. Continued growth will further stress the operating limits at U.S. ports, terminals, connector roads, and other supply chain facilities, according to the report.Public funding sources are constrained by fiscal considerations. Traditional investors in ports and terminals are relinquishing their assets to new types of investors who are looking for full commercial returns on these investments. The report suggests that more investment is needed to meet expected future demand, and that public-private partnerships could be a possible partial solution to the shortage of public sector funding. Collaborative ventures with neighboring ports to maximize the impact of available resources are also suggested.Container yards need to be configured to accommodate the larger flow of containers coming from larger vessels, and to adjust the resources required to handle this greater volume to ensure containers are cleared out of the yard before it becomes congested, according to the report.Another major cause of congestion is formation of new alliances and larger alliances, which is increasing operational complexity within the terminals and is resulting in more movement of IPI containers among and between terminals within a port complex.The report suggests that a solution to this issue is greater coordination among the alliance members, including possible negotiation of joint terminal service agreements and re-examination of stowage and discharge procedures. Better communication among alliance members and chassis providers to allow chassis needs to be identified well in advance of vessel arrival, according to the report.“International trade relies on our nation’s ports, therefore port congestion is a paramount question at the international supply chain level, and is not a solely domestic concern,” FMC Chairman Mario Cordero said.”In July 2014, President Obama moved the Build America Investment initiative forward. Inclusive in the initiative was the need for investment in our ports. In line with the Administration, the Commission is committed to addressing the question of congestion at our vital port gateways. Infrastructure investment is at the core of the discussion, however, other factors must be addressed in the near term to ensure an efficient and reliable international ocean transportation system and the relevant supply chain.”last_img read more

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Nordana on the move in Spain

first_imgThis applies to the regular ro-ro multi-purpose liner service that Nordana operates between the USA, North Africa and the Mediterranean areas returning to Houston via Venezuela, the Caribbean Islands and Central America / Mexico.Both Valencia port and Sagunto port are within the Port of Valencia authority. This change is being made to accommodate Valencia’s long term plans, whereby multi-purpose cargo is expected to be handled exclusively at Sagunto.”In order to minimize any future inconvenience to our clients or disruption to our service, Nordana is acting now on an operational situation we see as inevitable,” said Steen Obst, vice president, Americas.”In recent years we have steadily increased our focus on non-containerised cargoes. We have previously moved operations from Barcelona to Tarragona, following our strategy of matching the multi-purpose cargo handling skills of our vessels and crew with the same level of skill and expertise in our terminals.”Facilities at Sagunto are scheduled to be continually expanded over the next two years, allowing customers to benefit from better and more economical cargo handling in a port that remains largely without congestion, while being easily accessible to the main traffic corridors to central Spain and the local region of Valencia.The first vessel to call Sagunto will be the MV Skanderborg on January 16, 2010.last_img read more

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Who stays and who goes

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER WGCA DISTRICT DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 13 (day 2) THE musical chairs at the top of District…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Laughter is family’s medicine

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN THE Roberts family motto, ‘live, laugh, love’ has a particularly special meaning. After a three-year battle with…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Faster family justice

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS THOSE charged with family violence related crimes will be processed through the courts faster under a new…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Get on board for Billy’s future

first_imgBy VICTORIA STONE MEADOWS and ANEEKA SIMONIS PUFFING Billy’s future is in the hands of the community. Emerald Tourist Railway…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Nelson U18 Selects grab bronze at Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament

first_imgDarian Johnson was in goal for Nelson to register the win.Nelson then dropped a 3-1 decision to Idaho Thunder in a spirited affair.After the Thunder took a 1-0 lead, Ayers scored his second in as many games early in the second half to even the score.However, Idaho struck for a pair of goals to pull off the two-goal win.Nelson unfortunately lost the services of center back Theo Bakas in the match and for the rest of the tournament due to an undisclosed lower body injury.Nelson offence came to play in Sunday’s game against Livingston, Montana in neighbouring Rathdrum, Idaho.Nelson led 2-0 at the half on goals by Jake Anderson and Bryce Twible, who converted a penalty kick.Guest player Renan Paredes, with a pair, and Ziegler scored in the second half to give Nelson the 5-2 win.”The Missoula guys were a great addition both on and off the pitch,” Szabo said.“They fit right in and it was a good experience for all. Nice to make new friends.”Szabo was pleased with the midfield play of Nolan DeRosa and Spencer Szabo especially in that final game.He added that the back line of Theo Bakas, Andrew  Knapik, Lucas Spielman, Dylan Bennett and Owen Thurston kept it tight under pressure then moved out quickly on the attack.”Josh Venema from Missoula was a nice addition there too,” Szabo said.”Johnny Johnson was our utility guy. Played every position on the pitch I think except keeper. And he was even ready to do that if need be.” Nelson Select came within whisker of playing for the championship of the Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament Sunday in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.The  U18 Select finished third due to head-to-head action tiebreaker despite posting a 2-1 record.”I was absolutely delighted with the effort,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo. “A few mistakes cost us, but I liked how we picked ourselves up after.”“Our confidence is high, we’re getting more chances at goal and that’s largely due to everyone knowing what their job is and how that impacts the play overall,” Szabo added.“We scored nine goals in three games.”Nelson opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Polson.Nigel Ziegler scored the winner for Nelson late in the game to secure the win.Johnny Johnson scored the opener four minutes and Missoula guest player, Cameron Ayers, added another with more sustained pressure at 16 minutes. Nelson, with only 12 players make the trip, was able to recruit three players from Missoula, Montana including an exchange student from Brazil.The teams exchanged goals with Polson scoring before recess and Ziegler replying in the second half.Polson added a marker in the 64th minute and applied pressure late but Nelson held on for the 3-2 win.last_img read more

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Nona M. McClain age 72, of Salem

first_imgSurvivors include her husband, John Herbert McClain of Salem; daughter, Emily V. Siler and her husband Nicholas ofMilltown; 2 sisters, Myra Fortlage and Sara Lawreszuk both of Ohio; 1 grandson.There will be a private service at a later date. Nona M. McClain age 72, of Salem, Indiana, passed away on March 17, 2017 at the Salem Crossing. Born on February 23,1945 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Coleman Traiber and Ruth (Zabell) Traiber.Nona was a small business owner with printing and graphics. She volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for several years.last_img read more

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