Marfret announces the building of a 1,900 EVP vessel.

The ceremony for cutting the first steel plate took place on March 26 at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard.

The vessel, named Durande, features technological advancements enabling a 50% fuel economy compared to the performance of the first Durande vessel that the company acquired in 2003 and sold last year.

The Durande is scheduled to enter service by the end of the first quarter of 2025. With a capacity of 1,900 EVP containers, it is part of a series of four vessels ordered by Reederei Nord from Chinese shipyards. Marfret recently acquired the third hull of this series for 30 million dollars. This new acquisition comes just 3 months after the arrival of the roll-on/roll-off vessel Ferrymar in the waters of the Caribbean, demonstrating Marfret’s ongoing fleet expansion.

MEET US AT FRUIT LOGISTICA – BERLIN, 7-9 FEBRUARY 2024

Marfret invites you to Berlin from February 7 to 9, 2024, for the Fruit Logistica business meeting.

The Marfret delegation will be well-represented, with individuals from the company headquarters as well as from various ports involved in the transportation of fruits and vegetables in reefer containers (Costa Rica, Italy, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, etc.).

The agenda includes business-to-business meetings with multinational companies in the “French Corner.” This professional trade show dedicated to the fruits and vegetables sector attracts 3,200 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors each year. It provides an opportunity to gauge the pulse of the industry while staying informed about the latest trends.

The maritime transport is entering the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS).

As of January 1, 2024, maritime transport has joined the Emission Trading System (ETS), the European system of emission allowances trading aimed at regulating and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The European Commission establishes an overall emissions cap for the maritime transport sector. This cap is then allocated as emission quotas among shipping companies based on each vessel’s fuel consumption and technical characteristics.

Each quota represents the right to emit a certain quantity of greenhouse gases. The implementation of the ETS will be gradual: 40% of CO2 emissions must be converted into quotas in 2024, then 70% in 2025, and finally 100% of emissions in 2026.

This new regulation has an impact on the price of maritime transport. The additional costs associated with purchasing these quotas and investments made to reduce emissions will result in the application of an EU ETS contribution to all containers loaded on Marfret services affected by this new regulation.

Marfret intends to continue its efforts to accelerate reductions of CO2 emissions while maintaining the quality of its services. We have established a collaboration with the company Syroco to implement a dynamic routing system that, based on various parameters, determines the optimal route of the vessel in terms of emissions. The use of the EfficientShip software platform, already tested on our Marfret Niolon, has led to a substantial reduction in emissions on the MPV line. Other techniques are underway, such as optimizing design and using specific hull coatings.

These are just some of the innovations being introduced before the change to a new type of fuel to be implemented from 2030, further to the FuelEU maritime initiative, part of the FitFor55 directive. By that date, only renewable fuels will be allowed.