Marseille, France (PortSEurope) July 11, 2019 – French startup Searoutes, incubated in the ZEBOX acceleration program since January 2019, has designed a technology to calculate the environmental footprint of ships’ roads on the basis of their position history – “Shift by Searoutes”.
It was in the context of Marseille’s SMART PORT CHALLENGE that Searoutes was selected by the port of Marseille Fos to answer the challenge: “Which mode and which terminal to reduce the ecological footprint?”. The prototype has been officially tested since Thursday, July 4, in pilot version for 3 ports: Marseille, Antwerp and Rotterdam.
A tool for ports and loaders “Shift by Searoutes” is a greenhouse gas eco-calculator for participants in the global logistics chain trying to reduce emissions over the entire chain, for example from a point A in China to point B in Europe. This solution makes it possible to identify, according to the path, the best port of entry. Once cargo arrives at port, Shift by Searoutes suggests the best mode of transportation to borrow: rail, river or road to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
Shift by Searoutes allows shippers to calculate the carbon footprint of their goods journey. The solution also offers the possibility to compare the carbon footprint of different roads on a given route with different waypoints (modes and terminals). From the point of view of the port of Marseille Fos, this tool brings transparency and reliability to the calculation of CO2 emissions and enhances the offer hinterland of the port. Shift by Searoutes can also be set with data from other ports to meet their CO2 emission control challenges.
The four great peculiarities of Shift by Searoutes:
- First tool for calculating CO2 emissions for a given journey that takes into account the weather and the characteristics of the boat;
- Assessment performance of emissions on the maritime part;
- Calculation and comparison of CO2 emissions on different routing;
- Calculation of the carbon footprint in its entirety with the terrestrial part (railway, river or road)
Pierre Garreau, CEO Searoutes: “Today the shippers have a very erroneous estimate of their carbon footprint. This is based on averages that do not reflect the actual conditions of the maritime transport (weather, controlled emission zones, actual route, ship characteristics). Shift by Searoutes was conceived to answer to the environmental problems of the loaders”.
Stéphane Reiche, General Delegate of the Port of Marseille Fos: “Reducing the environmental footprint of maritime transport is a major challenge for all stakeholders in the sector. The port of Marseille places environmental excellence at the heart of its strategy. We have been acting for many years and every day to reducing the impact of port activities on pollution atmospheric. By launching this challenge in Searoutes, we wanted to be able to demonstrate that the port of Marseille Fos is a particularly virtuous gateway to the subject”.
Searoutes is a startup based in Marseille, France, since January 2019. The company was created by two partners – Dr. Pierre Garreau and Mr. Carsten Bullemer, two passionate sailors and connoisseurs of maritime sector – with an initial capital of €100,000. Searoutes joins the ZeBox acceleration program January 2019, with a seed of €50,000. Searoutes is the first distance calculator to use data records of vessels registered from AIS signals.
The company develops the heart of its algorithms routing in collaboration with LIS – QARMA at the University of Aix Marseille. Searoutes provides the actors of the maritime and logistics real-time routes and weather in real time to promote more routing ecological and greener supply chains.
Source: Marseille Fos
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