Ship at Portico

Many businesses are looking to reduce the carbon emissions generated by their supply chains. Modal shift in shipping, coastal, short sea and feeder services, can offer significant carbon savings over conventional methods of transport. Portico are holding a free online seminar to advise businesses on how they can take advantage of the benefits of modal shift.

Improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions are two of the most pressing issues facing businesses and industry today, with many grappling with how they can reduce their environmental impact.

The shipping industry is a small contributor to the total volume of atmospheric emissions compared to road vehicles and air transport, and atmospheric pollution from ships has reduced in the last decade. There have been significant improvements in engine efficiency and hull design, in tandem with a reduction in emissions and an increase in fuel efficiency.

In fact, in terms of CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported one kilometre, shipping is recognised as the most efficient form of commercial transport.

A report conducted by port analysis specialists Port Centric Logistics and Partners (PCLP) and published by the British Ports Association (BPA) highlights the potential for modal shift – taking lorries off the roads and moving more freight by water – to help reduce congestion and carbon emissions.

To discover how your business can take advantage of the environmental benefits of modal shift, Portico, the international cargo terminal based at Portsmouth International Port, is holding a free online seminar at 10am on Thursday 14 July.

Key account manager, Matt Green, will discuss Portico’s ground-breaking ‘fast lane’ partnership with CMA-CGM and Brittany Ferries, and their weekly service to the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

He will be joined by Justin Atkin, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges representative for the UK & Ireland, who will give a European perspective of developing resilient and sustainable supply chains between Belgium and the UK.

Portico is ideally placed next to the major shipping lanes for feeder and short sea container services from major European ports such as Antwerp, Hamburg and Rotterdam, and also for coastal shipping services to other UK terminals. This means your cargo ends up much closer to where it needs to go, cutting emissions and your reliance on road.

Matt Green from Portico said: “Our highly flexible terminal is just off the M275 in Portsmouth, with great connections to London and the Midlands. By using regional terminals such as ours, your business can cut carbon and emissions from your supply chain, and also offer much more resilience than conventional routes.

“We can handle anything from containers, project cargo and bulk cargo at Portico, so please join the free seminar on 14 July to help you find a new solution for your supply chains”.

You can register for the seminar online here.