Abandoned cargo is more of an issue than people think! More than 700.000 loaded containers are abandoned in the US alone. Sometimes hundreds of container remain in individual harbour terminals and they may be packed with anything from rotting banana’s, unpaid for computer hard discs or forgotten t-shirts and they all incur disputes and added costs for shippers, their owners and terminal operators. At the same time there is a value to the cargo that could be reused but unfortunately to avoid further disputes it is often destroyed.
Broekman Logistics together with Van Scherpenzeel and the Dutch customs found a cheaper and more environmental friendly solution then the usual costly one-way trip to the incinerator.
The ambition of Broekman is to unburden shipping companies, the Port of Rotterdam and its terminals of its abandoned containers by providing an efficient process with a smaller ecological footprint. The process removes the containers from its location and recycles the confidentially destroyed content of the containers.
The collaboration between Broekman Logistics and Van Scherpenzeel brings together the best both companies have to offer in logistics and sustainability. They are able to offer a fully closed chain for goods in abandoned containers that have to be destroyed and ensure that these goods will not reach the market through ‘a back door’. Cargo is always destroyed with full security and confidentially in mind. The final product is completely unrecognisable, but indeed valuable. Recycled raw materials find their way to a multitude of industries across Europe. In a way due to this process – destroying is creating.
When a container terminal operator needs to get rid of its abandoned containers, the following steps can be followed:
This new total logistics solution can save the operator up to € 100 per ton or more, depending on the content of the container in comparison with “incinerator logistics” and at the same time supplying valuable re-usable material. Please find some examples below
Since the collaboration has been started recently not much can be stated about the results as yet. However the potential on a world-wide scale is impressive. Only in Rotterdam hundreds of tons of abandoned cargo per year can be recycled, and it is estimated that this can be multiplied several times across the world.
The CO2 benefits are to be found in the whole life cycle of production, resource use and avoiding waste. By introducing this process in one port, the gains may be small but scaling this up globally can help deliver significant reductions and created green jobs in recycling and sustainability.
What Broekman is doing in the Port of Rotterdam can also be implemented in other ports if a partner like Van Scherpenzeel is available. It is essential to guarantee that cargo is always destroyed with full security and confidentiality. In addition this knowledge can be transferred and jobs created via this process.
Europe, Mitigation, Freight, Shipping, Technology
Jamie Verzijden, T +31 10-487 32 96 email: email@example.com
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