Vehicle-powered cargo: towards a more sustainable mode of transport
70% of freight is transported by sea and is responsible for 11% of global GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from transport. The volume of goods transported will continue to increase between now and 2050, so if nothing is done, these same emissions will increase by 60%.
As we could not find an answer to our needs on the market, we wanted to promote breakthrough solutions that would allow us to make a real energy transition in the supply chain and shipping based on energy sobriety.
SCLCMT: Collaboration at the heart of the development of extraordinary ships
After 5 months of maturation, in January 2022, 12 shippers launched the Shippers' Coalition for Low Carbon Shipping. They have joined forces thanks to the alliance of 2 major associations of the sector, France Supply Chain and the Association of Freight Transport Users (AUTF).
From this alliance was born the project to bring together the conditions that would allow the launching of container ships, mostly propelled by wind power, as early as 2025.
Shippers' coalition for low-carbon shipping embarks on a long journey
The association is organized by route. Each maritime link has its own college to ensure confidentiality and efficiency of the work. The needs of shippers are not limited to the transatlantic ones, so we are studying new links. You can get involved in the one of your choice, according to your capacities and means.
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An innovative and sustainable choice, that of wind propulsion
Williwaw container carrier by Zéphyr et Borée
Our co-association is betting on the wind as the engine of tomorrow's ships, but also on the energy efficiency of all systems. It is thanks to the development of new aerodynamic structures, on-board energy recovery technologies as well as tools for optimizing the use of wind that we will be able to reach our objectives.
The characteristics of the transatlantic services will be:
5 boats per line
80% reduction in energy consumption
46 to 51%* reduction inCO2 emissions
Capacity of 600 to 1080 containers (20 feet)
Speed of 11 and 13 knots, i.e. 20 to 24 km/h
Innovation and collaboration are also at the heart of the SupplyChain4Good project for sustainable mobility.
Co-creation of the shippers' coalition for low-carbon shipping
Call for tenders for two weekly transatlantic routes between Europe and North America
Selection of the start-up company Zéphyr et Borée, designer, manufacturer and operator of vessels with vellic propulsion
- 19th member charger
- Jury Prize at the2nd Night of the Supply Chain
Production of the first ships
Opening of 3 new colleges to allow the exploration of 3 new lines
Launching on routes 1 & 2
January 2022: co-creation of the shippers' coalition for low-carbon shipping
February 2022: call for tenders for two weekly Europe-North America transatlantic routes
July 2022: selection of the start-up company Zéphyr et Borée, designer, manufacturer and operator of wind-powered ships
December 2022: 19th member of the loader, Jury Prize at the2nd Night of the Supply Chain
2023: production of the first ships
2023: opening of 3 new colleges to allow the exploration of 3 new lines
Beginning of 2025: Launching of routes 1 & 2
Building the right transportation mode at the right price
With this project, the coalition is questioning the notion of a fair price. We seek to maintain economic competitiveness, but above all to find a balance between cost and social and ecological impacts.
This is a real business decision, we want to transform this industry and to do that, we need to take a long-term view.
Géraud Pellat de Villedon, General Secretary of Alliance des Chargeurs and CSR Manager - ID LOGISTICS
By committing to a 10-year contract with ship operators, we can count on a stable price for the years to come despite a volatile context. But above all, we have to see the benefits of being forerunners and being part of such an adventure.