Navis reveals terminals are prioritizing new sustainability initiatives to meet growing customer demands

OAKLAND, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Navis, the provider of technologies and operational services that improve the performance and efficiency of leading global organizations across the shipping supply chain, unveiled new findings from a survey that examines the motivation behind the implementation new sustainability initiatives by global terminals, as well as the current status and expected benefits of these efforts. Under increasing pressure from regulators, customers and the global community, the shipping industry is striving to increase sustainability while maintaining a profit. According to the Navis survey, 93% of those surveyed think it is important or extremely important for their organizations to have sustainability initiatives in place, with a majority of reports of efforts already underway to implement , monitor and measure the effectiveness of these initiatives.

The results of the 2021 Sustainability Survey, collected from more than 71 Navis customers, underline the interest that terminals have in evolving towards more sustainable operations and that Navis customers are already among those who are already putting plans into action – describing sustainable development strategies with clear and focused priorities, setting goals for sustainable efforts, setting KPIs for sustainability and planning sustainability initiatives for the future.

When asked what motivates them to adopt sustainability initiatives, key responses included compliance with environmental regulations, alignment with organizational goals / values, tangible impact on the local environment / global and meeting customer expectations. Respondents noted clear benefits for companies doing things right, as sustainability efforts can add value to terminal operations by reducing energy costs for greater efficiency (73%), improving community relations by demonstrating a commitment to protecting the environment (68%), attracting / retaining customers (47%) and avoiding penalties for breach of environmental regulations (46%).

Reinforcing the growing demand from customers to partner with environmentally conscious companies, 35% of respondents noted that their customers monitor the sustainability performance of their operations, and about a quarter said their customers include metrics sustainability key performance criteria in their qualification criteria when selecting suppliers.

For companies evaluating which initiatives will have the greatest impact on improving the sustainability of their operations, the survey found that terminals prioritize:

  • Reduce fuel consumption and emissions by reducing wait times for trucks and / or ships (76%)

  • Improve the efficiency of container handling in the yard (61%)

  • Electrifying equipment (58%)

  • Reduce power consumption in data centers by moving to the cloud (27%)

In order to achieve these goals more effectively, terminals are now turning to software and solutions, such as those provided by Navis, for support. These solutions help organizations optimize driving distances for Container Handling Equipment (CHE), reduce rework and minimize maintenance windows, reduce truck and vessel wait times, and improve operations. turnaround time, optimize the position of berths to improve yard operations, manage and prevent incidents that could impact the environment, and reduce the on-site hardware footprint by migrating to the cloud .

“While the primary goal of sustainability in the industry has always been on equipment and fuel efficiency by minimizing unnecessary travel and reducing fuel, the modern port is now focusing on how we can move moving goods in fewer movements to reduce fuel consumption, ”said Ajay Bharadwaj, senior director of product management, Navis. “TOS in the cloud enables ports to operate smarter mobile devices in a streamlined way to avoid more trips and longer trips. This allows operators to move more goods in less time while minimizing the number of trips that take place. ”

Bharadwaj continued, “Another benefit of using a cloud-based TOS is that over time operational data is collected and can be used to improve performance. Data informs sustainable business decisions that not only optimize operations, but also minimize the impact on the planet. As a result, the allocation of equipment and workers can be reconfigured to reduce the environmental footprint while streamlining the process.

Emphasizing the importance of sustainability within the supply chain, Navis will present this topic at its next Navis Connect Event. Participants can join Bonnie Nixon, ESG Strategic Advisor and Assistant Professor at Harvard University, for her “Seismic Shifts for a Sustainable Future” session at 9 am ET on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Further reinforcing its own commitment to sustainability, at the event Navis will host a fundraiser to raise funds to protect the oceans for future generations. Navis will collect donations before and during the three-day Navis Connect virtual conference to donate to the Institute of Marine Conservation. Donations can be made here and Navis will match all donations made during the event.

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About Navis, LP

Navis is a provider of operational technologies and services that deliver increased performance and efficiency to the world’s leading freight supply chain organizations, making global commerce smarter, safer and more sustainable for all. Navis combines industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class services, to enable our customers, regardless of cargo type, to maximize performance and reduce risk. Through its holistic approach to operational optimization, Navis customers benefit from improved visibility, speed and measurable business results. Whether it’s tracking cargo through a terminal, improving vessel safety and cargo capacity, optimizing rail network planning and asset utilization, automating equipment operations or manage multiple terminals via an integrated and centralized solution, Navis helps streamline operations.