BRISTOL based maritime software developer AtoBviaC, has introduced an anti-piracy route device in the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables, reports Digital Ship.

The anti-piracy route system is based upon information on pirate activity obtained on a regular basis from Joint War Committee bulletins, and from specific route requested by ship operators.

All routes calculated are navigable, taking account of the need to keep suitable distances off shoals, wrecks, coasts and obstructions, and also avoid oil field development areas.

The routes are reviewed weekly and updates are issued at two-monthly intervals, or more frequently if significant changes need to be made.

"Anti-Piracy Control allows ship operators to make informed decisions on voyages which may need to avoid piracy areas," said AtoBviaC director and master mariner Trevor Hall.

"With the amount of uncertainty in the industry and the depressed freight rates being experienced, the implication of avoiding piracy has to be carefully measured," said Capt Hall.

"The AtoBviaC tool enables the ship operator to select routes based on the most current intelligence, and accurately calculate the time and fuel implications of the voyage," he said. "In many cases this can work out to be considerably more accurate than the other available options and provides a level of self-determination that is missing from other solutions."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

LOMAR, the ship owning and management subsidiary of the Libra Group, has signed a new order with the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard for up to six new 2,190-TEU containerships.

Scheduled for delivery starting from early 2014, the vessels have been designed by Chinese design institute Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and are said to meet the highest standards for fuel efficiency and environmental compliance.

The investment reconfirms Lomar's return to the container shipping sector in recent years, and follows the company's order earlier this year for up to six new bulk carriers from China's Cosco Group, said a statement from Libra Group posted on PRNewswire via COMTEX.

The order takes Lomar's current fleet to close to 50 vessels. These new hull-optimised ships are said to offer improved performance compared with existing container vessels of the same size by providing significant savings on fuel consumption at a wide range of speeds in comparison to those on the market.

"We are re-investing in our fleet with these new vessels," said Lomar CEO Achim Boehme. "Wenchong has a very strong reputation for delivering excellent quality container vessels and being among the best shipyards in the 'feeder' size sector. We look forward to taking delivery of these newbuildings which will enhance our existing portfolio and allow us to stay competitive, continuing to offer a comprehensive service across the whole of Lomar with a modern, fuel-efficient fleet."

After 35 years of buying and selling mixed class vessels, Lomar sold almost its entire fleet between 2004 and 2007. However, the company re-invested in shipping in late 2009 with the US$325 million acquisition of the Allocean fleet of 26 vessels.

Nowadays, the company has a mixed fleet of vessels including bulk carriers, containerships, LPG and chemical tankers as well as offshore vessels.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE United States does not intentionally block Chinese investment and imports, says US Ambassador to China Gary Locke, according to China Business News.

"We encourage Chinese trade and investment," Mr Locke said. "Growing Chinese demand for American products will help to create more jobs in the US. We are trying to unlock the full potential of the US-China economic relationship by becoming more open and appealing. The export control reform is underway although it may take a few more years, and we are also trying to remove barriers for new investment.

"The US is responding to Chinese concerns about American economic practices - for example on inbound investment and export control restrictions on high-technology goods - so that together we can find ways to further unlock the economic potential of our two countries," he said.

Mr Locke said Chinese investment into the US was vital to economic growth, job creation and productivity, and the world's largest economy welcomed such investment.

"Many Chinese firms are reluctant to invest because they misunderstand that their investment will be blocked by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and that all Chinese investment in the US requires US government approval." To change that perception, he said the US had beefed up efforts to attract Chinese investors.

He said the US Foreign Commercial Service had regularly been organising investment fairs and conferences targeted at attracting Chinese investment, and the embassy had commissioned a video in Chinese to dispel "false myths" about investing and guide investors on how to become successful in the US.

"The video will be ready in a month and we will show it all over China," Mr Locke said. "The reality is that only a handful of all foreign investment in the US is reviewed by the US government, and very few of these involve Chinese companies."

The US is also in the midst of a major reform that will enable more high-tech goods to be exported to China, Mr Locke said.

It has granted 46 out of 141 high-tech items that China listed as hoping to purchase from the US, he said. For the remainder, China needs to offer additional details so the US can determine whether and under what conditions they can be exported.

In May, Mr Locke said, a delegation of American companies will be in Shanghai to meet Chinese companies interested in purchasing high-tech goods, including items on the list.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

A RUSSIAN delegation of government authorities and representatives from leading airlines and airports has visited Hactl SuperTerminal 1 at Hong Kong airport to explore best practice in air cargo processing.

The mission included 25 delegates from Russia's transport ministry, customs, state borders development agency, the Russian Air Transport Agency as well as representatives of Aeroflot, AirBridgeCargo, Volga-Dnepr, Tolmachevo Airport and STS Logistics.

The visit to Hactl, Hong Kong's No 1 ground handler, was organised by Russia's Innovation Centre of Civil Aviation (ICCA) that runs the pilot project for e-freight implementation in the country.

The visit included a tour of the facility, and focused on Hactl's e-freight capabilities within its recently launched HK$240 million (US$31 million) COSAC-Plus cargo management system. Delegates also examined airport layout, its role in local air freight movement, cargo infrastructure needs, competition in ground handling, and how Hong Kong accommodates inter-modal traffic.

Said ICCA president Rano Dzhuraeva: "Hong Kong airport and Hactl have successfully worked with electronic data messages and documents to IATA standards. We are very grateful to Hactl for allowing us to look at their impressive facilities and new IT system.

"It is important to see details of the e-freight practice in Hactl because the first test transit flights in the pilot project will be provided by Aeroflot from Hong Kong via Tolmachevo Airport to Frankfurt Hahn and by ABC also from Hong Kong via Sheremetyevo Airport to Amsterdam," said Mr Dzhuraeva.

Said Hactl managing director Mark Whitehead: "We hope that this visit has given them a clearer insight into the most effective ways of developing their air cargo infrastructure so that Russia can play an integral role in the global industry."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

MAIDEN flight of the first direct all-cargo flight service from southwestern China city Chengdu to Paris Vatry Airport has taken off from Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport, Xinhua reports.

The new service is operated by Yangtze River Express Airlines, offering three flights a week, using Boeing 747-400 freighters that can carry up to 100 tonnes. Flight duration is nine hours.

The service is estimated to be able to move 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of hi-tech products and food manufactured in Sichuan province and Europe each year.

Yangtze River Express manager Yu Zhengdong said the launch of the line has shortened transit time from Chengdu to Paris by a day.

Including the new line, Chengdu is now operating 25 international passenger and cargo direct services including ones to Paris, Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Singapore. Fifteen of them are passenger lines and nine cargo services.

Last year, Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport recorded a passenger volume of 29.07 million, for the first time surpassing Shenzhen and becoming the fourth in China. The city is planning to raise its international direct flight service number to 36 by 2015, forming a network connecting major cities in Europe, America and Asia.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

LOSS-MAKING Air France, the French arm of the Franco-Dutch group Air France-KLM, has announced that it will continue to offer short and medium-haul service within its European network "on condition of achieving extensive restructuring and a drastic reduction in costs."

Air France-KLM's chief executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta is seeking an agreement with unions to achieve EUR2 billion (US$2.63 billion) in annual savings after the Paris-based company registered a net loss of EUR809 million (US$1.1 billion) in 2011, reports Bloomberg.

The company said in a statement that "the goal is to return to break-even for point-to-point service in 2013 and for the entire short- and medium-haul business in 2014".

The cost-cutting programme already introduced at its Southern France bases of Toulouse, Nice and Marseilles will be extended to the rest of the point-to-point network, including flights from Paris Orly, in a bid to return short-haul routes to profit, Bloomberg reported.

Furthermore, a standardised regional division will be created to optimise costs and the "working relationship" between Air France and its regional subsidiaries.

The company said these initiatives will be reviewed in detail with employee representatives, re-emphasising that additional savings must be found to reach the break-even point in 2014.

Bloomberg also reported that the airline will continue to serve short- and medium-haul routes only if staff agree to a "drastic reduction in costs" aided by the development of budget airline subsidiary Transavia under its own or another brand to target the growing French leisure travel market.

"Although passenger unit revenue is better than competitors, Air France's costs remain too high. The objective is to reduce controllable costs 20 per cent to reach the industry level. This objective is included in the framework and methodology agreements signed with the majority of unions representing pilots, flight attendants and ground staff", the airline said in a statement.

Another key goal is to accelerate the transformation of freight. Air France said: "Confronted with a difficult economic environment and insufficient competitiveness, several improvement priorities have been identified in freight, particularly in the areas of purchasing, fleet and business development via enhanced integration between Air France, KLM and Martinair."

Another priority is to develop growth segments in maintenance, after claiming that maintenance is a growing business, but admitted the company's "competitiveness in major overhaul maintenance is wholly inadequate".

It said that "priority actions" are expected to significantly improve competitiveness and accelerate development of the "promising engines and equipment segments. Maintenance also will contribute more widely to the group's profitability, with a goal to be No. 2 globally".

Other major areas identified include a restructuring of the long-haul segment, which has traditionally been a growth engine for Air France, by lowering production costs, and to win back customers "significant investments will be made in the product, conditional on the success of the savings plan.

Air France chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in the statement, "The work performed by the (company's restructuring plan) "Transform 2015's project teams will enable us to fundamentally transform the company to restore competitiveness, win back customers and return to a growth trajectory."

The comments came as Mr de Juniac presented an update on the plan to the airline's central works council and executives at the end of March, when initial talks with unions were due to end. Details are to be worked out this quarter and a new business plan is scheduled to be ready by June.

"By next June, we will be able to present the company's business plan. The 20 per cent cost reduction objective is a minimum threshold; to fall short would jeopardise the recovery and the company's future. These equitably shared efforts must be implemented without delay. I am confident that with the commitment of our employees and the responsible spirit of our social partners, working together we will regain our leadership position."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

NORTH China's Hohhot Airport has added a service to Xian via Baynnur in Inner Mongolia and another to Chongqing via Zhengzhou, reports Xinhua.

The Xian service operated by Tianjin Airlines flies once a day with deploying EMB145 aircrafts, departing from Hohhot at 1630 hrs, stopping at Baynnur at 1720 hrs, leaving at 1810 hrs and arriving at 1940 hrs. The flight returns at 0735 from Xian, landing at Baynnur at 0900 hrs, taking off at 0935 hrs and arriving at Hohhot at 1030 hrs.

The Chongqing service operated by China West Air flies on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with Airbus A320 planes, departing from Hohhot at 1200 hrs, arriving at Zhengzhou at 1315 hrs, taking off at 1355 hrs and landing at Chongqing at 1525 hrs. The return flight leaves at 0750 hrs, arriving Zhengzhou at 0920 hrs, taking off at 1000 hrs and arriving 1115 hrs.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News


The Broekman Group has started up a new business for the maritime industry and shippers in the steel and dry cargo sector. In this new operation, Broekman Chartering and Brokering will take care of all transport, from production in the factory to end users. This door-to-door service covers all modes of transport in the whole transport and logistics chain, as well as chartering, the port agencies, transhipment, customs formalities and further transport to the final destination, and means that the best route can be offered at the most economical terms. The all-in service for an all-in charge ensures a transparent and competitive total transport service.

The Broekman Group operates three terminals in the port of Rotterdam, geared towards handling steel, project cargo and cars. With the company's All Weather Terminal, gearless ocean-going vessels of up to 9,000 dwt can be handled using overhead travelling cranes, which increase productivity to unparalleled levels, irrespective of the weather conditions.

Source Port of Rotterdam


A new pipe-laying ship is to be built in Asia for Saipem, the Italian giant in the field of offshore oil and gas production. The Castor One will be able to lay pipes with a diameter of up to one metre, at various depths. To position the pipeline on the sea bed, a so-called ‘stinger' was developed in the Netherlands and built at Hollandia Kloos in Krimpen aan den IJssel. Once construction was complete, the stinger was loaded onto pontoons in three parts and transported to RHB in the Waalhaven. Here, SAL Heavy Lift's MV Annette was waiting to take the full equipment (weighing about 1,800 tonnes) on board for transportation to Singapore.

Source Port of Rotterdam


As from April 2012, BBC Chartering´s new monthly service "BBC Euro-Asia Express Line" will connect Rotterdam with ports in South East Asia and the Far East. The company reports it seeks to employ mainly its 7,200 dwt multipurpose Ro/Ro heavy lift vessels on the service. These vessels also referred to as ´K-Type´ offer a lifting capability up to 300 mton (2x 150 mton cranes) and a sternramp with 350 mton capacity.

BBC Chartering previously announced it is strengthening its global liner activities responding to market requirements and its ongoing business development. The new line offers a high frequency on a long haul service and gives charterers also attractive transshipment options.
Last, in December 2011, the company introduced its BBC Americana Line / Med Service and this together with the already existing liner services as BBC Gulf Line and BBC Andino line, this last one calling Rotterdam on inducement basis, represent a natural step in the company's further development as BBC Chartering reports it wants a ‘healthily balanced business' regarding the employment of the 140 vessels in tramp, liner and affreightment services.

Source Port of Rotterdam

Highest truck market share in the company's history

MAN recorded its highest ever market share in the Danish truck market in fiscal year 2011 at 23.3 percent. This enabled MAN to confirm its top position in Denmark, where it was already at a leading level the previous year with 20.8 percent. Denmark is a key production and development site for MAN. MAN is the global leader in the market for two-stroke large-bore diesel engines. The know-how for this primarily originated from the development center in Copenhagen. Total revenue in Denmark amounted to around €134 million in 2011.

With more than 2,000 employees and almost 80 vocational trainees, MAN is a large employer in Denmark. In addition to the workforce at MAN Truck & Bus, a large majority of the employees are based at MAN Diesel & Turbo's three sites in Copenhagen, Frederikshavn, and Holeby. "Our Danish employees are an important part of the MAN family. Their dedication and their high level of expertise form the very foundation of our leading technology and market success," explains Jörg Schwitalla, Chief Human Resources Officer of MAN SE.

MAN Truck & Bus has had a strong, constant market share of around 20 percent in the truck market for years. MAN primarily has a leading position among hauliers operating in international trade. According to Christian Barsøe, Head of MAN Truck & Bus in Denmark: "Our strong market position shows that customers trust MAN. These enduring relationships with customers are important to us." MAN Truck & Bus's main office is in Greve/Copenhagen and it has another five branches throughout the country's regions. Two private dealers and ten service partners also ensure that MAN is present in the sales and servicing business.

Around half of the world's entire trade is moved by MAN; the lion's share is transported by ship. When it comes to two-stroke engines that drive large container ships, freights, and tankers, MAN's market share is particularly high. To make these engines more efficient and low-emission still, engineers at the R&D center in Copenhagen intensively research innovative technologies. In 2011, MAN Diesel & Turbo chalked up another significant achievement in the large-bore diesel engine segment in relation to the Tier III emission limits set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). An MAN licensee built the world's first two-stroke engine that already meets the emission standard applicable from 2016. The engine features second-generation EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) technology and is being tested as a prototype on a Maersk Line freight ship. "Our engineers have achieved a great deal by quickly developing this engine. The fact that we already meet the 2016 standard shows just how innovative MAN is," says Thomas Knudsen, Head of the Low Speed business unit at MAN Diesel & Turbo.

Both of MAN's business areas have a long tradition in Denmark. MAN Truck & Bus was represented as far back as the 1930s by an importer that was then taken over in 1979. Our marine diesel engine business has ties with Denmark that go back even further. More than a century ago, it cooperated on diesel engines with shipbuilder Burmeister & Wain. Together with MAN, Rudolf Diesel spent the period from 1892 to 1897 designing an engine at the Augsburg site, which was later named after him, and readying it for production. One of the first licenses back then went to Denmark. Burmeister & Wain then went on to deliver the first diesel-powered ocean-going ship, the MS Selandia, in 1912 - a milestone for the international shipping industry. Following many years of cooperation with Burmeister & Wain, MAN eventually took over the shipmaker's engine business in 1981.

Source MAN SE

Finnair has today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Swiss SR Technics on the sourcing of engine and component services. This cooperation would result in adjusting Finnair’s own component services and discontinuing the company’s engine services operations. Finnair now starts consultations with personnel representatives. These operations currently employ approximately 350 people at Finnair, and the planned changes would result in a reduction of approximately 280 positions.

”This plan is based on a thorough analysis, where we first examined the costs and structures of our own operations, and then compared the results to tens of external service providers,” says Ville Iho, Finnair COO. “Our own engine and component services are unfortunately too small in scale to be cost efficient enough in the long term.”

“This is naturally difficult for our personnel,” says Kimmo Soini, Managing Director of Finnair Technical Services. “Our personnel are highly competent but our volumes are not competitive. There is overcapacity in the market and the competition is intense. We explored partnership opportunities as well, but there was no interest in the market to form a partnership to continue the operations at Helsinki Airport.”

Finnair expects the cooperation with SR Technics in engine and component services to result in significant cost savings for the company, while maintaining high quality of service. The plan is a part of the structural change Finnair started in August 2011. Finnair told then that it explores alternatives to increase the cost efficiency of its engine and component services.

“Finnair focuses on its core business as an airline. We intend to double our Asian traffic and return to profitability. This is possible only if we have a cost base that enables us to build our future on. It is imperative that we implement the structural change we started last year,” says Ville Iho.

The majority of world’s airlines use specialized service providers for maintenance services, and a significant share of Finnair’s component and engine services are already done by partners. Also the majority of the heavy maintenance of Finnair aircraft is done by partners. Line maintenance, which ensures the airworthiness of the fleet and employs approximately 550 people, remains an integral part of Finnair’s flight operations also in the future.

Finnair supports the employees impacted by these changes in finding new employment through its Career Gate service. Career Gate connects employees to companies who have recruitment needs, and explores employment opportunities outside Finnair. Finnair partners in Career Gate with Ministry of Employment and Economy, Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, employment and economic development offices as well as with companies offering outplacement services.

Finnair announced on August 5, 2011 that it targeted decreases in its annual costs of 140 million euros by 2014. Finnair has already announced that it:
• has chosen Swissport as its partner for  baggage and apron services
• is optimizing the size of its fleet in European air traffic, has discontinued the leases of four Airbus 320 series aircraft, and subleased five Embraer 170 aircraft
• has signed an Memorandum of Understanding on the sales of its catering business to LSG Services
• seeks a partner to accelerate its Nordic Champion strategy and aims to significantly lower costs in European traffic
• has improved its route planning and aircraft utilisation
• is streamlining its support functions as well as  marketing and distribution activities
• has initiated  numerous other savings measures throughout the company.

Source FINNAIR PLC

Finnair and Swiss based SR Technics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, according to which Finnair will in the future source engine and component services for its aircraft from SR Technics. Finnair expects the cooperation to result in significant cost savings for the company.

“SR Technics is one of the industry leaders in aircraft maintenance, and they have an excellent track record,” says Ville Iho, Finnair COO. “Most airlines use partners in aircraft maintenance, and this is a natural next step for us as we increasingly focus on our core activities as an airline.”

“The selection of SR Technics was based on a thorough analysis, where we first examined the costs and structures of our own maintenance operations, and then compared the results to tens of players in the industry. This planned cooperation would clearly improve the cost efficiency of our engine and component services, while maintaining high quality,” says Iho.

SR Technics is one of the world’s leading independent providers of technical services for the civil aviation sector. With its head office at Zürich Airport, SR Technics has 3 300 employees and it provides services to about 500 airline customers around the world.

The planned cooperation is a part of Finnair’s transformation program started in August 2011, which includes enhancing the company’s partner network. Finnair increasingly focuses on its airline operations and partners with world-class companies in other parts of its business.

Already now a significant share of Finnair’s engine maintenance, approximately half of the company’s component maintenance and the majority of aircraft heavy maintenance for Finnair fleet are done by partners. However, Finnair’s line maintenance, which forms the core of aircrafts’ airworthiness and employs a staff of 550 continues to be an integral part of Finnair’s own operations.

In practice the planned cooperation with SR Technics would result in discontinuing Finnair’s own engine services and making major adjustments to Finnair’s component services. Finnair now starts consultations with personnel representatives on these plans.
Finnair announced on August 5, 2011 that it targeted decreases in its annual costs of 140 million euros by 2014. Finnair has already announced that it:

• is optimizing the size of its fleet in European air traffic, has discontinued the leases of four Airbus 320 series aircraft, and subleased five Embraer 170 aircraft
• has chosen Swissport as its partner for  baggage and apron services
• has signed an Memorandum of Understanding on the sales of its catering business to LSG Services
• seeks a partner to accelerate its Nordic Champion strategy and aims to significantly lower costs in European traffic
• has improved its route planning and aircraft utilisation
• is streamlining its support functions as well as marketing and distribution activities
• has initiated numerous other savings measures throughout the company.

Source FINNAIR PLC

Scania and the South Korean equipment manufacturer, Doosan Infracore, have agreed to further increase their current cooperation. According to a Letter of Intent, Scania, from 2014, will not only supply engines for Doosan’s articulated dump trucks and large wheel loaders but also other products within the Doosan range.

“In the long term, we are estimating delivery of well over 3,000 engines annually to Doosan Infracore. This cooperation has strengthened our position in the growing Asian market,” says Robert Sobocki, Senior Vice President and Head of Scania Engines.

Doosan Infracore is well positioned within the Chinese market. Several models from a total of over 20,000 machines sold annually in China will be powered by Scania engines.

“We have tested Scania’s engines in our products and they meet our expectations for reliability, outstanding performance and high fuel efficiency. We also appreciate Scania’s modular concept. One engine platform for all emission levels is of great benefit. For instance, it helps in our design installation work and thanks to Scania’s global service network, our customers also get access to excellent support.” says Andrew H. Choi, Sourcing Director at Doosan Infracore.

Robert Sobocki adds “Our engines fulfill our OEMs’ expectations and their experience tells us that not only do we have powerful systems to offer, the fuel efficiency has also improved.”

Scania industrial engines will manage Stage IV and Tier 4 final with EGR and SCR technology but without a particulate filter. The newly developed engine platform is the same for all emission levels ranging from Stage II to Stage IV and is extremely reliable.

Doosan Infracore is the leading machine manufacturing company in Korea, producing a wide portfolio including construction equipment and machine tools. Doosan Infracore is a part of the global Doosan Corporation.

Scania will showcase the Scania Stage 4/Tier 4 final engine at Intermat, stand G 151, Hall 5A.

Doosan Infracore will be showing the company’s construction equipment products at Intermat on stand 6-G079 in Hall 6.

Source Scania

BP today announced a deal with FedEx to offset the carbon emissions of over 200 million FedEx Envelopes shipped worldwide yearly.

Through the carbon-neutral FedEx Envelope shipping program, FedEx will calculate the carbon dioxide released through FedEx Envelope shipments on an annual basis and purchase the equivalent amount of carbon offsets from BP not-for-profit, BP Target Neutral scheme. This will neutralize the equivalent amount of CO2 emissions by supporting investments in low carbon development projects that reduce or remove carbon from being released into the atmosphere.

These projects also create additional environmental, social and economic benefits locally. They include a biogas farm facility in the Netherlands, a reforestation project in the Tanzanian Southern Highlands that is converting degraded grassland to commercial forest and a landfill gas collection system at Thailand first sanitary landfill.

The agreement between BP Target Neutral and FedEx makes FedEx Express the first global express transportation company to offer carbon neutral envelope shipping at no extra charge to the customer.

Through EarthSmart, FedEx continues to lead in sustainable shipping. To offset our FedEx Envelopes, we chose BP Target Neutral based on how thoroughly they vet and research their projects, the added oversight of the independent assurance panel that monitors Target Neutral and the affordable rate structure, says Mitch Jackson, VP Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corporation.

This is a milestone agreement between BP Target Neutral and FedEX, said Andrea Abrahams, BP Global Director for BP Target Neutral. It is one of many examples in which businesses throughout the world can play their part in reducing impact of carbon emissions on the planet.

BP is the Official Oil and Gas Partner for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralymics and BP Target Neutral is the first ever Official Carbon Offset Partner of a summer Games.

The carbon neutral program extends to all FedEx Envelope shipping options, including FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx 2Day, FedEx Economy 2Day A.M. and FedEx Express Saver. More than 200 million FedEx Envelopes are shipped around the world every year.

About BP Target Neutral

BP Target Neutral was set up in 2006 as part of BPā€™s broader commitment to helping practical sustainability. It is a not-for-profit carbon management program, which encourages consumers to reduce, replace and neutralise their carbon emissions from transport. BP covers BP Target Neutralā€™s operating costs. When people use BP Target Neutral to offset their carbon, all the money paid to offset is used to support genuine carbon offset projects that also have positive local environmental and socio-economic benefits.

BP Target Neutral is a founding member of ICROA, the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance which has recently merged with IETA, the International Emissions Trading Association. BP Target Neutral is audited against the ICROA Code of Best Practice annually and is currently the only not-for-profit member.

BP Target Neutral work is governed by an Independent Advisory and Assurance Panel of prominent environmental and industry experts. The Panel ensures that all policies and activities conform to best practice in carbon management, and where possible will set new standards for that best practice: members of BP Target Neutral can be confident they are making a real contribution to a sustainable future.

About the London 2012 offset

In supporting the ambition for London 2012 to be the most sustainable Games possible, BP Target Neutral is inviting London 2012 ticketholders, from across the world, to set a new world record for the largest number of individuals to offset their travel carbon to a single event.

In so doing, BP not-for-profit BP Target Neutral carbon management scheme is seeking to create awareness of the environmental impact of all journeys and will invite ticketholders to sign up to have their travel carbon footprint offset at no cost to themselves.

Spectators heading to the Games from across the world will be asked to confirm where they are travelling from and their CO2 emissions will then be calculated to be offset by BP at no cost to the individual. This aims to raise awareness of carbon emissions relating to travel choices and the ways to reduce and offset them among a wide and varied audience.

As the London 2012 official Carbon Offset Partner, BP Target Neutral will be providing the administration and funds to offset the carbon emissions from Games-related travel of ticketholders. The more people that sign up, the more BP Target Neutral can support low carbon development projects worldwide.

Source BP press office
 

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