02 July 15

Future slow steaming and synchro-modal logistics perspectives: DHL welcomes the Synchro-net project

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On the 9th – 10th June, DHL Supply Chain Iberia organized the kick-off meeting marking the start of the SYNCHRO-NET project in La Garena, part of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. DHL will continue to lead this project, which has received a grant of EUR 7,301,194.5, as head of a consortium of 19 companies and organizations from 10 countries. The consortium members in the SYNCHRO-NET project are DHL, MJC 2 Bureau Veritas, Politecnico di Torino, Cork Institute of Technology, Instituto Fraunhofer de Transporte e Infraestructura Sistemas IVI, Sam Electronics, Kongsberg Maritime, Software AG, Centre de Recherche Pour L’architecture et L ‘ industrie Nautiques, Cross-border Research Association, China Shipping (Spain) Agency, S.L., Syco Hedvig Haberl, Kuehne+Nagel, EMC Information Systems International, Rail Safety and Standards Board Limited, Hydrocean, Circle SRL and London Economics. The SYNCHRO-NET project, which will end in November 2018, will deliver a supply chain capable of guaranteeing strong logistics solutions to companies, while allowing them to increase the level of service they provide to their users, maintaining cost effectiveness and helping them reduce their carbon footprint.


SYNCHRO-NET will demonstrate that the slow steaming model(full utilization of the cargo space of transport fleets and speed control) in combination with a synchro-modal logistics optimization can bring significant improvements including: the reduction of between 20 % to 25 % in costs and the use of fuels for maritime transport emissions; a 25% and 30% increase in the replacement of road transport by rail and the consequent reduction of between 12% and 15% in kilometers traveled by the trucks; and decreasing between 5% and 10% the finished product inventories that importers and manufacturers have to keep stored. This project will develop a tool which can be applied by logistic stakeholders to build up efficient and carbon reduced logistic chains. A special aspect but not the only one is optimizing the slow steaming part in a logistic chain (slow steaming versus increased maintenance costs). This tool will be verified against three case studies. These solutions can vary from Slow Steaming to Fast Steaming or alternative modes of transport to deliver what is best for the end user. The development of tools to measure carbon emissions for door to door movements of cargo utilizing multi modal transport will support the process of reducing emissions.   The objective of developing tools to measure load optimization again to support the overall goal of reducing resource requirements and CO2 emissions.


As explains Rafael Salinas, from DHL Supply Chain Iberia, “DHL has always shown a high level of commitment and collaboration with innovative and pioneering initiatives. It is our honor and privilege to be part of this ambitious European project. Since DHL Supply Chain will make a special effort to coordinate the initiative, which we take responsibility, work permits fluid and lined all the companies involved.”


Thanks to the work of all partner companies in the project, many of them SMEs, and to urge that the European Union gives to innovation through the Horizon 2020 SYNCHRO-NET will be realized a new model of supply chain, more resilient, safe and flexible, from start to finish, ensuring significant cost savings and a drastic reduction in emissions to the environment.