What SYNCHRO-NET is about?
The SYNCHRO-NET project aims to reduce hinterland transport costs, decrease CO2 emissions for shipping and land-based transport, foster relevant modal shift to greener modes, by catalysing the uptake of the slow/smart steaming and synchro-modality concepts, guaranteeing cost-effective robust solutions that can de-stress the supply chain and improve coordination among transport modes and supply chain operators. Indeed, on the one hand, slow/smart steaming allows massive reduction of fuel costs and gas emissions for shipping. From the other hand, synchro-modality supports stakeholders to foster the modal shift to greener modes and coordinate logistics operations, leading to reduced empty kms for trucks and fewer wasted repositioning movements.
The core of the SYNCHRO-NET solution is an integrated optimisation and simulation eco-NET system, incorporating different modules:
- Strategic and real-time synchro-modal logistics optimisation, for providing a list of potential alternative routes and schedules for synchro-modal freight transportation;
- Slow steaming ship simulation & control systems, for estimating the ship fuel consumption and emissions (CO2, NOx, SOx) for a given route depending on sea state and encountered environmental conditions;
- Synchro-modal risk/benefit analysis, for evaluating the risks of a specific route;
- Dynamic stakeholder impact assessment solution, to allow customers, logistics providers, ship operators and public authorities to interactively assess different cases and scenarios from the perspective of environment, cost, social impact and resilience/reliability.
- Synchro-operability communications and governance architecture, by which the SYNCHRO-NET modules communicate with each other.
The eco-NET system can contribute to delivery higher benefits for all the stakeholders in the supply chain:
- Shipping Companies and logistics operators will benefit from massive reduction in fuel usage, faster turnaround times in ports & terminals and increased resource utilisation/efficiency;
- Customers and end users will have greater control of their supply chain, leading to more reliable replenishment activity and therefore reduced safety stocks and expensive warehousing;
- Authorities and governmental organisations will benefit from a smoother, more controlled flow of goods through busy terminals and reduction of congestion on major roads, thus maximising the utilisation of current infrastructure and making the resourcing of vital activities such as import/export control, policing and border security less costly.
COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Spain), S.A. was established in 2016 to represent in Spain, Portugal and Mauritania to COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co., Ltd., headquartered in Shanghai, who is an enterprise specially engaged in international and domestic container shipping and related services. Its predecessor is the former COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd established on Nov. 11, 1997.
In accordance with the overall arrangements of reform and restructuring made by China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (hereinafter referred to as COSCO SHIPPING), COSCO Container Lines and China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd. entered into a series of container ship and container leasing agreements on March 1, 2016, and implemented business restructuring officially. COSCO Container Lines is renamed into “COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co., Ltd” on Nov.18,2016. According to the investment management system, COSCO SHIPPING Lines is a fully-owned subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Holding Co.,Ltd, and is indirectly held by COSCO SHIPPING.
After restructuring, the operation scale of COSCO SHIPPING Lines was further enlarged, and its service network was better improved.
By the end of February 2017, the company has a total of 311 container ships (excluding three 8,770-TEU leased ships), with a total carrying capacity of 1.64million TEUs, up 97.6% year-on-year, ranking the fourth place in the world for scale of container fleet. Moreover, the company holds orders for 33 container ships, with a total carrying capacity of 542,776TEUs.
Currently, COSCO SHIPPING Lines operates 332 international and domestic shipping routes, including 209 international services (including international feeder services), 37 domestic services, 86 Yangtze River and Pearl River shipping services, covering 254 ports in 79 countries and regions worldwide.
After restructuring, COSCO SHIPPING Lines established a worldwide marketing and service network. 154 branch offices are included in nine domestic offices, namely, Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, South China, Hainan and Wuhan. Overseas network contains 69 foreign offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Oceania, West Asia and Africa. The company is committed to providing high-quality “door-to-door” transportation solutions for customers with its globally-operated and integrated container shipping service network.
According to the middle and long-term development plan, COSCO SHIPPING Lines will stick to the corporate culture of “one team, one culture, one target and one dream”, bringing into full play the advantages of global shipping network, resources and management collaboration, insist on a customer-oriented strategy, constantly elevating the operation and management ability, and develop into a world’s leading shipping enterprise with international competency.
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