A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and DP World Jebel Ali Port have entered a long-term partnership through which both parties will collaborate on various aspects of service delivery and work towards a common goal of decarbonising logistics and serving their customers better.
The long-term strategic partnership will give priority berthing for Maersk vessels, support for Maersk’s customers and implement new processes to improve quayside productivity, all leading to faster gate turnaround times at Jebel Ali Port and reduced bunker fuel consumption.
Mads Skov-Hansen, Head of Ocean Customer Logistics, Maersk West & Central Asia, said, “In our journey as an integrated logistics provider, we are looking at every opportunity that can create value for our customers. DP World’s Jebel Ali Port has been a strategic partner to us over the last many years. We have extended our partnership with a clear focus on improving service delivery to our customers while reducing our operations’ carbon footprint.”
These are alongside visibility tools, which will allow Maersk’s customers to benefit from real-time information relayed by DP World to plan their supply chains better and ultimately cut carbon emissions. In addition, Maersk will deploy two of its solutions for customers moving their cargo through Jebel Ali — Maersk Accelerate, a fast-tracking service through priority cargo handling, and Maersk Flex Hub, a cargo storage solution.
Jebel Ali Port is a leading international gateway port, ideally located to serve the East-West trade corridor connecting 150 cities globally. Lowering carbon emissions is a common goal for both companies and is increasingly demanded by customers, who sit at the heart of every company decision. The Intra Terminal Vehicles (ITVs) at Jebel Ali Port are used at the Terminal where Maersk vessels berth will be converted from diesel to electric ones, leading to an around 80% carbon footprint reduction from these vehicles alone.
“Jebel Ali’s success has been built on progressive collaboration with partners such as Maersk, enabling us to combine our operational efficiencies and expertise to ensure we deliver the best end-to-end solutions to our customers. This synergy has allowed us to develop a successful ecosystem at Jebel Ali that continues to evolve and adapt to the dynamic markets we operate in. We will embark on this journey together to exceed our customers’ expectations,” commented Shahab Al Jassmi, Vice President of Ports & Terminals, DP World UAE.
Al Jassmi added, “Additionally, this collaboration will help us to achieve our goal of cutting CO2 emissions by nearly 700,000 tonnes over the next five years. Achieving this target alone will be challenging, but by working with reliable partners such as Maersk, we can accelerate our progress and offer solutions to help our partners achieve their own sustainability goals simultaneously.”
In January 2022, DP World entered a strategic partnership with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, an independent, not-for-profit organisation launched in 2020 to undertake intensive research and development to find practical ways to decarbonise the global maritime trade industry.
Maersk is ambitious to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 across the entire business with new technologies, vessels, and green fuels. In addition, DP World has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral enterprise by 2040 and a net zero-carbon enterprise by 2050.
DP World Chairman and Group CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem announced plans in November to invest up to $500 million to cut CO2 emissions from its operations by nearly 700,000 tonnes over the next five years. The reduction in carbon emissions represents a 20% cut from 2021 levels through electrifying assets, investing in renewable power and exploring alternative fuels.
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