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MARSEILLE: CMA CGM has launched ‘Networking services’, a BtB business development marketplace for its logistics industry customers and suppliers.

The platform, which already has a database of 1,200 traders, has been developed for users of CMA CGM, ANL, CNC, Mercosul Lines, Containerships and CEVA Logistics in 160 countries.

Exporters can showcase their products and services and importers can find and negotiate with new suppliers via the secure platform after meeting three requirements: maintained a business relationship with CMA CGM or CEVA Logistics for at least two years; • demonstrated rigorous management, clear of liabilities and outstanding payments to the Group, for the past 12 months; and shipped a sufficient volume of goods to be able to meet demand.

“This one-of-a-kind platform is the product of four years’ work together with our customers to gain a clear understanding of their business development needs and then to create the right tool to meet those needs,” explained head of Networking services Juan Vicuna. “By harnessing the strength of the CMA CGM Group’s global network, we are offering our customers significant development potential.”

Last year CMA CGM carried nearly 21 million TEU via 420 ports with a fleet of 542 vessels.
 

CHICAGO: United Airlines and Honeywell have invested in Alder Fuels to develop Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from converted biomass as a 100 percent drop-in replacement for jet kerosene.

As part of the agreement, United will purchase 1.5 billion gallons of SAF from Alder – adding to the 900 million gallon order it made following its investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy in 2015.

Citing data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), United says U.S. forestry and agricultural residues could generate more than 17 billion gallons of jet fuel and replace 75 percent of the country’s current aviation fuel consumption.

In addition, If America’s agribusiness adopted regenerative practices, which capture more carbon in healthier soil compared to current methods, the DOE says it would produce an additional seven billion gallons of SAF - completely replacing the industry’s current fossil jet fuel use.

"Since announcing our 100 percent green commitment in 2020, United has stayed focused on decarbonizing without relying on the use of traditional carbon offsets,” noted CEO Scott Kirby. “Part of that commitment means increasing SAF usage and availability since it's the fastest way to reduce emissions across our fleet. However, to scale SAF as quickly as necessary, we need to look beyond existing solutions and invest in research and development for new pathways like the one Alder is developing."

Alder's research is supported by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the DOE and a partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), focused on developing technology to process organic waste and sustainable, non-food plant material into carbon-negative transportation fuels.

"This solution will not only advance United's SAF commitment but can help the aviation industry meet its commitments to decouple increases in carbon emissions from growth in passengers," added Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk.

OSLO: Wind Catching Systems (WCS), supported by Norwegian oil and gas service company Aibel, Is developing floating wind power technology capable of providing power to 80,000 homes from a single multi-turbine platform.

The company says its goal is to complete technical testing and verification this year for commercial development in 2022.

Owned by investors Ferd and North Energy with support from Innovation Norway, the WCS concept is expected to cut acreage use by over 80 percent compared to conventional offshore installations.

“Our goal is to enable wind operators and developers produce electricity at a cost that competes with other energy sources, without subsidies,” said CEO Ole Hegghelm. “Simply put, we will deliver floating offshore wind at the costs of bottom-fixed technology solutions as soon as 2022-23.”

Target markets include offshore South America, South Africa, South Australia, Japan/China, East Africa, British Isles/North Sea, Western Mediterranean, U.S. Eastern Seaboard and California.

The technology will have a design life of 50 years, cost substantially less to maintain than today's wind solutions and solve sustainability issues relating to recycling and reuse of turbine blades, marine resources and CO2 emissions from installation and maintenance.

“With our technology, offshore wind operators and developers will achieve the productions costs that they hoped to reach in 2030-2035 in a shorter timeframe,” said North Energy Investment director Rachid Bendriss. “Should the technology verification confirm what we aim for, there are significant opportunities for Wind Catching Systems technology in the North Sea, off the U.S. West Coast and in Asia in the coming decades.”

WCS was founded in 2017 by Ole Heggheim, Arthur Kordt and concept inventor Asbjørn Nes.

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