FTA urges UK govt to support transition to gas fuel

The Freight Transportation Association has asked the UK government to give assurance to the freight operators in order to encourage them to make the switch from conventional diesel to gas. The FTA urged the government to look into alternatives to the normal diesel fuels. This alternative would potentially provide carbon savings, including natural gas and biomethane. Natural gas was specified as the target alternative. It can be used as road fuel either as a liquefied natural gas or a compressed natural gas. These both produce less harmful emissions than the conventional fuel. A potential carbon savings of 60 percent can be possible with this alternative.
The FTA needs the Treasury to guarantee at least a 7 year plan so that it can plan ahead and provide support for all the vehicles and provide infrastructure. The FTA Climate Change Policy manager replied and said that in order for this implementation to happen, they need the government’s support in the development of a national refueling infrastructure on main motorway routes so that they can enable long-distance trucking for vehicle fleets. They said that they have identified potential spots for refueling infrastructure, and also mentioned that the government needs to give consideration to the operator as well and ensure that there are benefits to their investment.
John Lewis Partnership and UPS both show great support for this and are also members in the FTA’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme. They believe that the best way to reduce their carbon emissions is the biomethane fuel alternate. At UPS, they are always trying to look out in the market for the best technologies and alternative fuels to try and reduce their carbon emissions for their ground transportation. However, UPS requires the use of liquefied biomethane, which is great for them and works the best for their HGV fleet on long distance routes.
They believe that a long term strategy for ensuring that there is an alternative and the availability of these alternates will make sure that their investments are worth it and will allow for future innovations and improvements.



North America and Asia Leading Charge for Eco Friendly Mass Transportation

Everyone is aware of the current movement that is electric and hybrid cars. Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, General Motors and many more auto manufacturers are changing the game, and going eco friendly. Electric and Hybrid cars (like the Ford Fusion) have been out on the market for quite some time now and do there part to reduce the carbon footprint.

Now joining the movement at an alarming rate however is the mass transportation industry. Buses are starting to rely more and more on natural gas, electricity and bio diesel. Studies show that by 2015 more than 50% of the 64,000 new transit buses will be running on alternative fuel methods. Compare this with the new transit buses that were delivered in 2010, and a 28% growth can be seen.

This movement by the mass transportation industry is so vital to reducing carbon emissions as a bus can emit up to 4 times as much green house gases as a sedan. This is all made possible and efficient because of the small impact that they have on the overall infrastructure of the industry.

Leading the pack is North America and Asia. According to a study by Tom Ripley of driving today, within the next 5 years, both regions will have up to a 60% adoption rate of new eco friendly buses. On top of that another healthy fact is the statistic that shows in the entire world, these two regions will boast 70% of all new buses, and 60% of those will be running on alternative fuel.







Department of Transportation awards $3.2 million to Pacific Northwest

The state of Washington was awarded $3.2 million by the United States Department of Transportation. Currently in the Pacific Northwest, some of the most congested roads in the entire country are stacked everyday in Oregon and Washington moving from suburbia into city centers like Eugene and Seattle. As it is right now, nearly 25% of working people in the Northwest travel rail from Eugene (Oregon) to Vancouver (Washington) on a daily basis.

The $3.2 million is going to be put towards the Mount Vernon siding extension project. This project is working towards substantially improving rail capacity and reducing the current bottleneck situation that is such a pain for citizens everyday. The bottleneck that exists comes about because freight and passenger trains on the Amtrak Cascades service currently share a rail. When they are both operating, idle time for one of them is necessary. The Mount Vernon project extends these rails, and gives them each there own to operate.

In addition to current issues in The Pacific Northwest, studies show that the population is looking in grow by 40% by the year 2050. This project is so vital not only for the current state, but also for the future.



Emma Maersk

Towing the Emma Maersk - Powerfull Tug

Transportation business never stops improving. It always thinks about how fast to ship how many products/items with cheaper rates at once. The picture above is a NEW ship that is still on progress to make.

Brief information below:

World’s Largest Ships, A Comparison

*14,700 TEU

There would be some issues following.

There would be concerns where and how many ports can handle this huge ship. Once this ship revealed in the real world, a lot of things would be changed in the transportation industry. Existing loaders (side loader, reach loader, chassis) wouldn’t be necessary to transfer or carry the products to/from this ship, because this ship would be too huge. Also, it should consider the intermodal (transfer items/products from the ship to other type of transportation).

I can’t predict how the transportation field would be changed but would definitely make a lot difference to the transportation field once it showed up in the real world that I can guarantee.

Source: http://gcaptain.com/emma-maersk-engine/

Humanitarian Logistics

Nov 19, 2012

Definition: Organizing the delivery and warehousing of supplies during natural disasters or complex emergencies to the affected area and people

Major challenges/two types of disruption: Men-made disasters, natural disasters

Why is it so important?

To describe the humanitarian logistics is to save humans’ lives by giving or providing people life-goods such as clothing, food supplies at the right time and right place when they need.

Supply network of humanitarian logistics:

Logistics providers, donors, aid agencies such as Red Cross military, governments, international organizations such as NGO

What Challenges?

1. Uncertainty in: demand, supply, time, location

2. Limited resources: damaged infrastructure (transportation, communication, warehousing, etc), limited life supplies

3. Economic/political.social restriction in some regions

4. Costs (too expensive to keep safety stock in case of disaster)


1. Preparation: demand analysis, inventory planning and control, risk management

2. Immediate response: regional coordination and near-shoring, consolidation of donations, fulfillment managemet

3. Sustainability: humanitarian operations evaluation, business continuity plan, collaboration (long-term relationships)


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