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Archives for December 2018

Dachser wins German federal competition for sustainable urban logistics

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Caption: left to right: Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director, Corporate Solutions Research & Development, Dachser, Dr. Petra Seebauer, Publisher of the industry journal ‘Logistik Heute’ and CEO of EUREXPO, Hella Abidi and Andre Kranke, Consultants Research & Development Dachser, Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Preservation and Nuclear Safety Picture Source: BMU, Heiko Adrian

DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery makes deliveries of groupage shipments in central Stuttgart sustainable

Berlin/Kempten, December 6, 2018. Dachser’s innovation project for zero-emissions groupage deliveries in central Stuttgart has won a federal award for sustainable urban logistics in Germany. Svenja Schulze, German federal environment minister, presented the award to Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director Corporate Solutions, Research & Development, in Berlin.

“Sustainable solutions are also desperately needed for heavy palleted goods shipments to city centers,” said Dr. Petra Seebauer, the publisher of industry journal “Logistik Heute” and CEO of EUREXPO. “By offering an integrated solution for Stuttgart that combines elements such as city hubs, electrically supported cargo bikes, electric trucks, and IT-controlled goods grouping and route planning, Dachser has taken the initiative and is setting an important example for this market segment to follow.” The jury also praised the fact that the solution is designed to be transferable and reflects both social and commercial considerations.

DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery

Dachser’s award-winning pilot project covers an area of some four square kilometers in central Stuttgart within which all groupage shipments to B2B and B2C customers are delivered with zero emissions. A FUSO eCanter all-electric light truck either delivers goods directly to customers or brings them to the microhub operated by partner VeloCARRIER. There, pallets are unloaded and shipments transferred to electrically supported cargo bikes for the delivery runs. Dachser will integrate an all-electric 18-ton Daimler eActros into these operations as soon as the vehicle is available. The charge point for the electric truck is located at Dachser’s Kornwestheim branch to the north of Stuttgart, which—like all the logistics provider’s branches in Germany—purchases 100 percent hydroelectric power. The electric trucks are driven by trainee truckers; this lets them get fully acquainted with electromobility from the outset.

DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery is built on a modular toolbox for city-center deliveries and can equally be implemented in other cities. Taking transportation as a whole—collection and line-haul are still performed with conventional diesel trucks—this new service reduces CO2 emissions per shipment by 24 percent, particulates emissions by 32 percent, and nitrogen oxide emissions by 26 percent.

“DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery in Stuttgart marks a promising start for us in city logistics. But there is still a long road ahead of us—for a start, we have to resolve issues surrounding the availability of trucks with alternative powertrains,” explains Stefan Hohm. “To get new, more sustainable city logistics off the ground, all the parties involved will have to work more closely together. We’re not looking to take a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, we want to combine a range of solutions, each of them focused on optimizing deliveries, routes, and times.”

About Dachser:

Thanks to some 29,100 employees at 396 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated revenue of EUR 6.12 billion in 2017. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 81.7 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries. For more information about Dachser, please visit


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Caption:  left to right: Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director, Corporate Solutions Research & Development,  Dachser, Dr. Petra Seebauer, Publisher of the industry journal ‘Logistik Heute’ and CEO of  EUREXPO,  Hella Abidi and Andre Kranke, Consultants Research & Development Dachser, Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Preservation and Nuclear Safety

Picture Source: BMU, Heiko Adrian

Best Journalistic Newcomer Award Supported by TT Club

1218 Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club presenting Seahorse Newcomer of the Year to Joseph Stewart, The Naval Architect

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club presenting the Seahorse Newcomer of the Year Award to Joseph Stewart, The Naval Architect

London, 10th December, 2018

Leading international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Seahorse Club Journalist Awards for some years. The Awards are specifically for media professionals active in the maritime, air cargo and logistics arena. At the 2018 Awards presentation last week, TT Club again sponsored the category that encourages and celebrates new talent in the press ranks of freight transport. The Newcomer of the Year was announced as Joseph Stewart of The Naval Architect.

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox presenting the award explained the Club’s thinking behind its support for the Award, “Effective communication through the media is an important priority in all walks of life. In this supply chain sector, TT Club wants to recognise and nurture those who have recently chosen to work in related media.”

The award entries were judged by a panel of international media and marketing communications professionals after editors of media outlets in the sector were asked to nominate journalists with no more than two years’ experience who show out-standing potential, demonstrating a clear understanding of the salient issues facing the modern freight transport industry. Furthermore, the editors were urged to identify candidates producing consistently high quality content, providing an informative read and a balanced view on the subject at hand.

This year the calibre of nominees’ writing was extremely high. The judges commented, “The scoring was very close, with the other short-listed entrants being Kate Jones of Carmar Media and Michael Juliano, who writes for Tradewinds quarterly, TW+. However, Joseph really shone as a clear winner. His article encompassed a very rounded discussion of a complex topic, presented with great understanding and a mature writing style.”

Joseph only joined The Naval Architect as Editorial Assistant last December, previously working on books about Lego for Dorling Kindersley, but has quickly developed a firm understanding of the complex issues that dominate discussion in the maritime industry.

As Storrs-Fox concluded, “We are keen to encourage young, enthusiastic and well trained journalists to thrive in the sector. I’m delighted to say that the standard of entrants for the Newcomer category was outstanding and their level of professionalism and balanced reportage was very impressive.”


Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services. 

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations. 

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency