WDP News Digest - March 2019

We start the new month with a new WDP Digest. For the logistics sector, spring brings us new ideas, innovative solutions, and hope for improvement. Read about bio-fuel and low-sulphur heating oil, the launching of Uber Freight in the Netherlands, and the challenges for zero-emission zones.

#1 Sailing can be 100% sustainable

A normal ship that sails using bio-fuel? The ‘For Ever’ inland vessel of bio-fuel supplier GoodFuels and Reinplus Fiwado Bunker proves that this is possible without making changes to the ship or adding heating oil. You can read why no large investments are needed to sail with 100% bio-fuel at portofrotterdam.com.

#2 Low-sulphur shipping fuel on the market

Shipping companies that find the jump to bio-fuel too big, but still want to comply with the new sulphur policy by 2020, can now purchase fuel that contains maximally 0.5% sulphur. You can read about which oil companies provide low-sulphur shipping fuel and where you can purchase it at nieuwsbladtransport.nl.

#3 Uber Freight coming to the Netherlands

It’s good news for frustrated transport companies because Uber Freight is coming to Europe. In a few swipes in the app, drivers and clients can use to find each other, negotiate price, and track the load. A safe solution for the driver shortage and empty vehicles on trips? This will become apparent in the coming weeks. Read more about the launching of Uber Freight in the Netherlands at telegraaf.nl.

#4 First concept for a circular DC is born

If it was up to Alijd van Doorn, Habeon Architects director, the construction of the first real circular distribution centre would already be underway. According to her, the challenge is not so much the technology, but in making the value stream circular. Read about how the first circular DC will be implemented at logistiek.nl.

#5 Are zero-emissions zones in urban logistics really possible?

Medium-sized zero-emissions zones in the city will also apply to the carriage of goods by 2025. Intelligent driving with an intelligent vehicle seems to be the only solution. Dr Walther Ploos van Amstel, City Logistics lector at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, identifies the challenges of goods streams for companies and sectors. Read his blog about zero-emissions zones in city logistics at logistiek.nl.