Shipping company reveals plans for zero emissions marine terminal

by Canadian Shipper

OSLO, Norway — Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has unveiled plans for a new sun- and wind-powered ocean cargo terminal called the Castor Green Terminal.  

Officials say the futuristic terminal, named after an endangered species of beaver, will have no conventional power, use no fossil fuels and release no harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

The location will include a terminal and vehicle processing centre which will handle products such as automotive, agricultural, construction, and other rolling equipment and will offer services for receiving and delivery, cargo handling, storage, loading and discharging in a sustainable environment.

The energy used to handle each unit of cargo within the terminal complex will be reduced by as much as 80%, the company says.

“We want to extend our zero emissions ambition from ocean activities to port and land-based activities. Now, our environmental goals will better cover our factory-to-dealer product scope, benefitting our customers who are starting to measure and reduce the carbon footprint in their entire supply chains,” said Erik Nyheim, chief operating officer of terminal and inland services at WWL. “The future will require us to think differently about energy and land use. As environmental regulations continue to expand, our customers will benefit from a greener and leaner supply chain.”

“We see it as good business planning to reduce environmental risks,” says Melanie Moore, global head of environment. “Being a forerunner serves our operations well and reduces our customers’ exposure to risks and overall costs.”

Wind turbines will provide the prime source of power for the terminal along with solar photovoltaic roof panels. The terminal will also be self-sufficient for all its water needs – rain water collected from its roofs will be stored in underground tanks and then reclaimed.

The terminal will run on lean production techniques focusing on the elimination of waste and adding value during each stage of the cargo’s movement through the terminal, the company says.

Energy usage will be further minimized by using wind for cooling and sunlight for heating and light and smart lighting sensors will ensure the maximum efficient use of electricity.
Space requirements for the terminal will be significantly less than a conventionally-built terminal. For example, cars and small cargo will be stored in a multi level storage area supported by automatic lifting equipment and conveyer belts.

A processing centre will provide technical services such as the fitting of accessories, painting, mechanical repair and pre-delivery inspection of vehicles. 

The location of the Castor Green Terminal will be based on detailed environmental studies of the local area, including potential impact on sea life, birds and animals.

The terminal is intended to be sited close to good rail and road links and barge services (if relevant) so distances to main markets and manufacturing facilities will be relatively short.

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