Everything will be done by WWL, from pickup at the factory to moving the machines on to the ship.

Already an environmental forerunner in shipping, WWL developed the new terminal to minimise environmental impacts from operations on the land, sea and air. The terminal runs on renewable energy from the sun and wind, and its compact design reduces land use while maximising efficiency in the supply chain.

Handle with care
Two unique shipments – one bound for a monster truck show in Australia, the other for an art exhibition in New York City – both shipped by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. On each occasion, the customer chose WWL as its transport partner, thanks to its reputation for operational excellence in handling complex, high-value, sensitive cargo.

Shipping a mechanical dinosaur that shoots six-metre flames out of its giant nostrils is not an everyday assignment for WWL. The towering beast, which features at motor and aviation events worldwide, was being sent from its “home” in California to Australia, to feature at a monster truck show.

Earlier this year, WWL was entrusted with a shipment of nineteen unique works of art by prominent Spanish artist, Manolo Valdés. The sculptures, which were set to be displayed in New York City, have extremely delicate, irregular dimensions and require very careful handling. They are also extraordinarily valuable and not suitable for container shipment.Isabelle Kliger

Spanish logistics company, Universal Global Logistics, commissioned WWL to ship Manolo Valdés’s 19 sculptures from the Santander Terminal, in Spain, to New York City. Due to their extraordinary value, the pieces were subject to strict cargo-handling routines. The sculptures were carefully lashed using roll lashes, in accordance with WWL guidelines. Furthermore, the loading process on board involved no lifting movements, only horizontal movements, resulting in considerably enhanced loading safety.

Eukeni Salutregui, Account Manager at Agencia Marítima Española EVGE, S.A. – WWL’s general agents in Spain:
“The customer chose us not only because we could offer the required capacity and timing but, perhaps even more importantly, because of our stringent cargo-handling routines.”

The Robosaurus was transported from Long Beach, California, to Port Kembla, Australia, on behalf of All Logistics Cargo. Following the completion of its Australian “tour”, WWL also shipped the Robosaurus back to the USA. The assignment was won on a transshipment basis, via Panama, despite the direct route to Australia offered by the competitors, as a result of a competitive ocean rate package and WWL’s reputation for operational excellence when handling complex cargo.

Jeff Trask, Account Manager, WWL North America:
“This customer comes to us with all his rate requests to move cargo to Australia or anywhere in the world. He knew WWL could handle this cargo with ease.”

For Komatsu
Founded in 1975, Komatsu do Brasil was Komatsu’s first plant outside Japan, and an early overseas operation for Japanese manufacturers. “The main focus at first was to be a plant that assembled and supplied mid-size bulldozers globally,” Park says. “We didn’t do much actual production here before about 2000. Up until the downturn in 2008, we were about 60 percent export, and 40 percent domestic. With the crisis, things sort of turned around, but we can’t forget exports.”

WWL has also grown along with the economies of South America, particularly with the ongoing growth of manufacturing in areas including automobiles and heavy equipment. With its bases in a number of major ports along the east coast of the continent, and on into Central and North America, WWL is in a good position to serve companies like Komatsu as they continue to develop their international business in this vital area.

Over to WWL; the agreement also highlights a very close working relationship between the two companies. “We will have Komatsu employees working directly with us in our office in Santos, collaborating with our staff and supporting the whole operation,” says Flavio Batista, Vice President, Latin America Sales & Corporate Accounts. Park adds that WWL and affiliated staff have also been studying at Komatsu’s Brazilian facilities. “WWL brought the trucking and terminal people who will be involved to our factory for training,” she says. “Our inspection and dispatching people also worked very closely with them, because our D61 PX is a larger bulldozer that, because of the road regulations in Brazil, cannot be shipped with the blade on. It will have to be assembled at the terminal, something that will require a lot of quality control. That was a major concern for us, but seeing how well it is being managed by WWL and our people, I’m sure it will turn out well.”

Castor Green Terminal
With the launch of the Castor Green Terminal, WWL continues its commitment to environmental solutions and innovations, both at sea and on land.

“The Castor Green Terminal will be an easy-to-understand vision of where we want to move with our terminals,” says Erik Nyheim, COO Terminal & Inland Services. This vision includes a terminal and processing centre that releases zero emissions, runs on renewable energy and ensures efficient load and discharge operations for all types of RoRo and car carriers.

Like the E/S Orcelle, named after an endangered dolphin species, the Castor Green Terminal gets its name from a species of endangered beaver, symbolising industriousness and the link between sea and land. Nyheim is part of the team that began working on this project in 2008, within WWL’s Global Leadership Development Program.

“We will develop the Castor concept by taking elements from it and implementing them globally at our various sites where it makes sense,” says Nyheim. “You will find a number of these building blocks in place at our facilities already, such as water recycling and reduced electricity consumption.”

In addition to providing a vision for the future of the ocean, the Castor Green Terminal also supports the environmental ambitions of its customers, who are starting to measure and reduce their carbon footprint in their supply chains.

“This mirrors what some of our customers are already doing, some of whom already have zero emission factories,” says Nyheim.

To turn the Castor concept into reality, WWL will also seek port and industrial partners, such as power companies to put in place solar panels and windmills.

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1. Location
When selecting the location of the Castor Green Terminal, priority is given to minimising total transport emissions and damage to the environment. The terminal should therefore be in close proximity to a harbour, and have good rail connections, barge services for relevant locations, and limited transport distances to main markets and manufacturing facilities.

Through easy deep-sea access and safe sea lanes, the terminal offers a network solution to both deep sea carriers and local feeder services, with minimal risk for accidents and pollution. The location of the terminal is also chosen based on detailed studies of the local environment, including potential impact on sea life, birds and animals. Close cooperation with the local community helps ensure solutions to minimise any negative effects, including issues related to transportation, visual impact and potential noise from operation.

Assessment is also made to avoid risk in relation to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding and hail storms.

2. Design & Renewable Energy
The Castor Green Terminal’s layout and design aims to minimise the amount of land needed, produce and conserve energy, and secure an optimal flow between the vessel, terminal and rail/road connections. One way this is achieved is by placing the processing centre and heavy equipment at the front of the terminal, near discharging and loading areas, which reduces movements and energy consumption. Space requirements are also reduced by housing cars and smaller items at the back of the terminal in a multi-story storage area, supported by automatic lifting equipment and conveyer belts. Solar photovoltaics provide the main source of energy for the terminal, with panels on the buildings and covering the cars in the long-term parking outside. Windmills in the greenery surrounding the terminal generate additional energy, as does the sorting, recycling and reusing of waste. The terminal is also water self sufficient – rainwater is collected from roofs, stored in underground tanks, then reclaimed after it is used. Energy usage is further minimised by using breezes for cooling and sunlight for heating and light.

3. Services
The Castor Green Terminal includes all the services of an ocean RoRo terminal, as well as those of a vehicle processing centre (VPC). The ocean terminal will handle products such as automotive, agricultural, construction, and other rolling equipment, and offer services for receiving and delivery, cargo handling, storage, and loading and discharging. To save energy, the terminal will focus on reducing the number of times items are shifted by storing them according to destination and near their vessel. The VPC – located at the centre of the terminal – provides technical services, involving accessory fittings, painting, mechanical repair and pre-delivery inspection. Integrated with the customer service centre, the VPC can hand over cars and other products directly to end-users.

4. Customer Service
Operational efficiencies and integration of ocean and land transportation reduce time-to-market for customers and facilitate environmental improvements. Attractive customer showrooms will allow for displays, customer events and trainings, and could also offer direct delivery to customers. Since all vehicles and other products at the terminal will be automatically tracked through the use of RFID and similar devices, customers and suppliers will have full visibility of their item’s location and activities performed on it via an online interface. In addition, a continuous and constructive dialogue on environmental issues will be maintained with each customer, many of which are environmental frontrunners within their own markets and products.

5. Vessels
The Castor Green Terminal is adapted to operations for all types of RoRo and car carriers. The terminal’s design and processes help ensure efficient loading and discharging, which enables vessels to reduce their overall time in port. The terminal will also be equipped to offer environmental services to berthed vessels, including hull and propeller cleaning, which reduces energy consumption at sea. Renewable electric power will allow vessels to turn engines off at berth, reducing vessel emissions into the air and harbour.

6. Optimal Flows
The movements of vehicles and other products through the Castor Green Terminal and VPC will be optimised with the flows on ships, railways and roads to minimise the number of moves. Before a product is received at the terminal, a parking spot will be assigned assuring it is close to its vessel (for export), or close to either rail or truck loading areas (for import). The terminal will also have a dedicated lane for trucks, reducing the trucks’ dwell time. Flexible processes will ensure optimal utilisation of equipment, such as at paint shops and washing facilities.

7. Lean Production
All activities at the terminal will be performed according to lean management principles, including 5S, standardisation, visual management and waste elimination. Fully implemented, the lean concept limits resource requirements and reduces waste, to the benefit of customers, operator and the environment.

8. Waste Handling
The Castor Green Terminal considers all waste, whether from its own operations, vessels, trucks or trains, as a valuable resource. 100 percent of the waste will be recycled for reuse or utilised for energy generation. The aim is to cover the entire waste value chain and provide complete waste management solutions to all vessels, customers and other related parties.