• 2020 October 5 11:22

    First fully electric Volvo rolls down the production line in North Sea Port

    Volvo Cars has started production of its all-electric car at its North Sea Port plant. It marks an important milestone in Volvo Car’s ambition to reduce the CO2 footprint per car by 40% by 2025, the company said in its release.

    Demand for the XC40 Recharge P8 - the name of the first electric Volvo - is high. Every car to be produced in Ghent this calendar year has already been sold. And orders keep coming in. The first fully electric XC40s will be delivered to customers in Europe this month.

    Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister of Economy, Innovation and Work, was present at the start of production on Thursday 1 October and sat at the wheel of the very first customer-sold XC40 Recharge P8.

    The four-wheel drive electric Volvo has a range of more than 400 km and an output of 408 hp. Its fast charging system charges the battery up to 80 percent of its capacity in about 40 minutes. In order to start production, all production workers involved were given extensive training, with the support of the Flemish government. As many as 6,500 employees are employed at the Ghent plant, which makes Volvo the largest industrial employer in East Flanders. In 2019 Volvo Car in Ghent produced 206,225 cars. Ghent produces the models XC40 and V60.

    By 2025, Volvo Cars expects 50 percent of its worldwide sales to be fully electric cars. The remaining cars will be hybrid cars. Volvo Car is also committed to continuing to reduce its carbon footprint, with a view to being climate-neutral by 2040.

    The production of this type of car is a milestone for Volvo Car Ghent and means a stronger connection between Volvo and North Sea Port. The port will maintain its automotive sector, which is quite a boost in these corona times. Together with the assembly plant of Volvo Truck, the import and export of Honda cars and the shipping of numerous car makes, this sector provides a multitude of jobs in and around the port area, in particular in Ghent and Vlissingen.

    About Volvo Cars

    Volvo Car Ghent is part of Volvo Cars Group, which has 41,500 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars has been owned by the Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding since 2010. Head offices, product development, marketing and administration of Volvo Cars are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region is located in Shanghai. The company's largest car plants are in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (USA), Chengdu and Daqing (China). Engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China). Bodywork components are produced in Olofström (Sweden).

2021 September 23

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17:05 LR grows fleet optimisation offering with GreenSteam acquisition
16:25 The Port of Rotterdam Authority helps German DeltaPort to be a regional hydrogen hub
16:15 Panama Canal joins to the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
15:39 Dry cargo vessel of RSD59 design, Alexander Ivanov, leaves for sea trials
15:21 ABS grants AIP for next generation liquified CO2 carrier JDP designs
15:05 Synergy Group to take over Maersk Tankers’ technical management business
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14:17 Kaliningrad region and FESCO to cooperate in the field of logistics
13:48 Damen can build icebreaking ships for Russia’s Arctic projects within short timeframes
13:25 Sweden’s largest port solar cell system inaugurated at Stockholm Norvik Port
13:15 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 38, 2021
12:56 Keel-laying of Damen tug series for Atomflot held in Saint-Petersburg
12:51 MSC invests in new efficiency solution to reduce emissions from fleet
11:00 13th Annual Capital Link Shipping & Marine Services Forum took place with great success on September 13, 2021
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10:34 APM Terminals partners with Siemens for energy optimisation and emission reduction at terminals
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09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of September 22

2021 September 22

18:05 ClassNK joins as signatory to Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
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17:20 Torvald Klaveness joins over 150 industry leaders and organizations in call for decisive government action to enable full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050
16:55 SC Zvezda counts on signing contracts for 10 tankers under Vostok Oil project in October 2021
16:31 Transition to unmanned navigation and navigation with reduced crews will be possible in Russia in three years
16:30 LR, HHI and KSOE sign MoU to develop digital twin technology for an LNG carrier
16:10 APM Terminals Pipavav marks 1,000 days of safe operations
15:39 Wärtsilä and SHI agree to collaborate on ammonia fuelled engines for future newbuilds
15:14 NAVTEK proves first zero-emissions tugboat performance
14:43 Additional EUR 90 million to be invested in Saimaa Canal infrastructure development
14:14 Valmet AB orders Agilon automated warehouse solution and overhead cranes from Konecranes
13:57 Northern Sea Route will be covered with satellite communication services – expert
13:16 ABB’s Eero Lehtovaara appointed Chair of EU association Waterborne Technology Platform
13:13 LNG bunker terminal construction begins in Bilbao
12:04 Big Data Exchange, National University of Singapore and Sembcorp Marine to explore development of sustainable ocean Data centres
11:31 Russia’s Inland Water Transport Development Concept aimed at raising IWW cargo traffic by 65%
11:08 Pier T Terminal in the Port of Long Beach begins pilot program for 24-hour cargo pickup
10:40 Vadim Shpityak appointed as General Manager of Moby Dik and Yanino Logistic Park
10:15 Tollerort to become preferred hub for COSCO services
09:57 More than 300 ships to be built by 2032 under subsidized leasing programmes
09:40 Crude oil prices increase on reduction of reserves
09:39 MABUX: No firm price trend on global bunker market on Sep 22
09:22 Baltic Dry Index as of September 21
09:13 Havyard Leirvik hands over the third and last of the ‘triplet ships’ for ESVAGT
08:35 KiwiRail gets world-first green loan certification for new ferries

2021 September 21

19:01 Grimaldi to launch the Civitavecchia-Arbatax-Cagliari service
18:05 RTCOMM and Konnect Russia agree to join hands in development of satellite communication services for sea and river ships
18:02 “K” LINE to procure 8 next-generation of environmentally friendly car carriers
18:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maera with ASL
17:54 ABS publishes guide to ammonia-fueled vessels
17:47 RTCOMM and Iridium join hands to develop mobile communication services to improve clients security in Russia’s hard-to-reach areas
17:37 AD Ports Group and the General Company for Ports of Iraq sign MoU to promote cooperation and investments
16:58 RTCOMM and KNS partner to expand ocean satellite communications services
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14:59 Wärtsilä signs five-year Optimised Maintenance agreement featuring latest digital innovations with STQ of Canada
14:07 New ESPO Green Guide 2021 outlines a vision for ports towards a green future
12:34 International Maritime Exhibition and Conference NEVA 2021 opens in St. Petersburg