Feb 18, 2021

Royal Mail reduces emissions with efficiency boosting tech

Royal Mail
Trimble
Telemetry
Sustainability
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Royal Mail van and delivery person
By installing efficiency boosting technology across its fleet, Royal Mail aims to further reduce its emissions...

As part of its latest efforts towards sustainable operations, Royal Mail has begun to roll out telemetry technology into an additional 11,000 small vans to encourage fuel efficient driving styles. It’s latest expansion will be harnessing Trimble’s Telemetry system.

With ambitions to complete the initiative later this year, Royal Mail details that in doing so, the majority of the Royal Mail fleet will be fitted with the technology to reduce its carbon emissions. 

In addition to the installation, all new Royal Mail collection and delivery vans going forward will contain some form of telemetry technology.

Why Royal Mail chose Telemetry technology

By monitoring a driver’s acceleration, speed, turning and braking patterns to give positive feedback, telemetry systems encourage more fuel efficient and safer driving styles.

“Harsh braking and acceleration wears tyres quicker and generally produces higher emissions. In the Trimble telemetry system, real-time feedback is provided to the driver on all of these points. This information is used to compile regular reports, which then create positive, tailored coaching for drivers in each Royal Mail Delivery Office involved,” states Royal Mail.

Since 2019, its system has saved Royal Mail 177,000 litres of fuel, leading to a reduction of 459 tonnes of carbon emissions. 

Royal Mail: committed to reducing its carbon emissions

This latest initiative forms part of the Royal Mail’s ongoing commitments to reducing its emissions. Having the largest ‘feet on the street’ network of 90,000 postmen and women in the UK, resulting in the company having the lowest reported carbon emissions per parcel among major UK delivery companies.

“As a Company, we are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact. The wide-scale expansion of telemetry in our fleet enables us to ensure our drivers are given positive feedback and training on how to drive in the safest and most environmentally-conscious way possible, while allowing us to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly,” said James Baker, Chief Engineer and Fleet Director at Royal Mail.

“Sustainability is one of the defining issues of our generation. By expanding the use of Trimble’s integrated fleet, driver and mapping solutions across its fleet, Royal Mail will have the real-time telemetry tools needed to reach its long-term operational sustainability goals. Trimble is excited to be part of Royal Mail’s journey to help reduce its environmental impact while delivering first-rate service,” added Rob Painter, Trimble President and CEO.

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May 17, 2021

Suez Canal expansion plans greenlit by Egyptian president

Supplychain
Logistics
riskmanagement
SuezCanal
2 min
Work to begin on two-year project that will enlarge narrow sections and extend second lane near the Suez Canal’s southern stretch

The Suez Canal is to undergo a two-year expansion project, following the weeklong closure of the channel by the stranded Ever Given container ship in March.

Plans set forth to expand narrow sections of the Suez Canal have been greenlit by the Egyptian president to safeguard against future blockages.

Dredgers will widen and deepen the single-lane stretch close to the southern mouth of the canal, near where the 400m container ship got wedged earlier this year, while a second lane opened in 2015 will be extended to promote two-way traffic and alleviate the impact of bottlenecks. 

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave the order to “immediately start implementing the proposed development plan and put in place a timetable for completion as soon as possible”, according to reports. It is understood he expects the work to be fully completed within two years. 

Ever Given negotiations rage on 

The Ever Given left hundreds of ships stranded and disrupted an estimated $9.5bn in goods each day when it became wedged across a narrow passage of the trade route in March. After a week of dredging, towing and manoeuvring, it was eventually freed from the banks of the Suez Canal in the early hours of 29 March and set course of the Bitter Lakes holding area. 

There the vessel, its crew and its cargo have remained ever since, while legal action between Egyptian authorities and the ship’s owners rages on, though SCA chairman and Managing Director, Admiral Osama Rabie, refutes allegations that crew have been detained. 

“[There] is no truth in the allegations of detaining the ship crew, pointing to that the SCA does not mind the departure or recrew operations provided the presence of the sufficient number of sailors to secure the vessel and in the light of the presence of the ship captain as he stands as the juridical guardian of the ship and the cargo aboard,” Rabie said in a statement

The SCA initially sought $916m in compensation to cover refloatation costs, including repairs where the channel was damaged to move the vessel, bonuses for the rescue crews who worked throughout the jam, and a package for “loss of reputation”. 

Now the SCA and its chairman and Managing Director, Admiral Osama Rabie, have agreed to reduce the bill by a third. The authority has reportedly offered payment terms for the $600m to the Ever Given’s owner Shoei Kisen. Shoei Kisen has also declared a general average on the goods on board, with shippers liable to shoulder a significant outlay to get the 18,000-plus containers aboard to their final destination in the Nertherlands. 

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