We wanted to create a link between our operations at sea and on land, to reflect our factory-to-dealer product scope.

Now, Wallenius Wilhelmsen has taken this initiative one step further – with the creation of a concept terminal and Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC), known as the Castor.

“We wanted to create a link between our operations at sea and on land, to reflect our factory-to-dealer product scope. That’s why we named our ship the Orcelle, after the Irrawaddy dolphin, or Orcelle in French, which is a critically endangered species, while the terminal  will be named Castor, after two endangered species of beaver. The beaver clearly reflects the link between water and land, as well as the hard-working nature of both terminal operations and the animal itself,” emphasises Erik Nyheim, Senior Vice President and member of the Castor project team in Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

Both the E/S Orcelle and the Castor terminal concept are part of Wallenius Wilhelmsen's environmental vision for the future. The concept ship and terminal combine to provide an innovative vision of a more environmentally sound future and thus feature both proven and unproven technologies. Wallenius Wilhelmsen is already perceived as an environmental forerunner from a shipping perspective and, now,  will become a more coherent land-based environmental vision for terminals and inland services, thanks to the Castor concept.

“The future will require us to think differently about energy and land use. Not only in terms of supply and demand but, also, in relation to our customers’ demands for a greener and leaner supply chain and the need to comply with national and international environmental legislation. We see it as good business planning to incorporate environmental solutions into our entire network and product portfolio,” says Melanie Moore, Global Head of Environment and Quality Management.

The Castor terminal concept will be designed to guarantee minimal impact, on both the local and global environment. The concept will utilise a ground-breaking combination of existing and innovative, new solutions to achieve the lowest possible environmental impact. This includes minimising land usage and maximising the potential use of recycled materials and green energy. The overall objective of the Castor terminal project is to achieve zero emissions into the sea, air and land.

“We are still at the very early stages of this project, but we plan to be able to present a concept model of the Castor next year. We believe that most of the technologies under consideration for the Castor concept are realistic from a technical point of view but many of them are not yet economically feasible. Never­ the less, with the current speed of technological development, we are confident that a terminal of this kind could be a reality by 2020,” Nyheim says.