Allseas Global Logistics

 
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Who benefited from the Low Carbon Freight Dividend, and how? This is one of a series of case studies that goes ‘behind the scenes’ to find out how the project is working for participating SMEs.
Here, Mark Binge, Group Commercial Director at Allseas Global Logistics explains what attracted his company to the Low Carbon Freight Dividend, and why he got involved. We would like to thank him for his input. The views expressed in our case studies are always those of the managers/companies interviewed and not necessarily those of the project team, the Haven Gateway or ERDF.
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Allseas Global Logistics, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, is best known as a specialist in handling project, heavy lift and out-of-gauge cargoes all over the world. We also have a thriving business as a logistics and freight forwarding specialist across other cargo sectors, including retail, LCL (less than container load), FCL (full container load), warehousing transport and distribution.

As well as our Felixstowe office, we have UK offices in Tilbury, Newark and Rochdale, and overseas offices in Europe and the Middle East.

Do companies really want to be green?

Well yes, if they are being politically correct! But seriously, we haven’t had anyone say they won’t work with us because they need ‘greener’ policies. However, as we continue to expand and start working with larger companies in the retail sector, we know that will change.

Retailers, under pressure from consumers and anxious to shine in their CSR policies, are examining the carbon footprints of the products they sell. Take wooden furniture as an example – that means tracking the environmental issues all the way from how the trees are grown and harvested, to the manufacturing and assembly processes, and, finally, through every link in the supply chain that brings that chair or table to the shop or final end user.

That puts the logistics professionals in the hot seat, and no one can afford to think the green agenda doesn’t apply to them.

 

What attracted you to the Low Carbon Freight Dividend project?

The fact that there is real money on offer is a great incentive! We hear a lot about how much we are all paying into Europe so it’s nice to get something back. The Low Carbon Freight Dividend will help us make that jump from road to rail when moving containers from Felixstowe into the Midlands and North.

 

Progress so far?

We haven’t put a claim in yet but we have about a dozen lined up – for containers moved for a number of clients. Our clients employ us to move a box from Felixstowe to Manchester. This project supports us in making that move a greener way.

 

Project statistics
  • Number of containers moved to date: 28
  • Grant received to date: £2,054

 

How many containers do you hope to move with the support of the Low Carbon Freight Dividend?

The maximum, if possible! We will make the most of this opportunity to find ways of shifting containers off the roads. Of course, the dividend paid out depends on the length of the journey. But we have already moved some empty containers by train all the way to Coatbridge, outside Glasgow.

 

Are you getting a lot of interest from clients and potential clients?

It’s early days, but I would say this: for transport professionals, the environmental pressures are only just beginning. Rising fuel costs, increasing road congestion, the shortage of qualified HGV drivers and the prospect of carbon taxes are all focusing the mind. And then there’s the European Commission, with its exceedingly tough targets for reducing emissions from transport, while national governments have their own policies and regulations in parallel.

And there’s more! Even if you could find a way to skip and dodge around all of the above, now your clients – and your clients’ clients – want to know exactly how green you are.

 

Your views?

The LCFD workshops have provided some expert advice. We know that if we set aside a day or an afternoon every month to process claims, working with the LCFD is well worth doing.

This project is well aligned with our own policies – Allseas takes the environmental agenda very seriously indeed. We focus strongly on reducing emissions and being green in all our operations. We use local, sustainable timber for our packing cases. We are removing some of our GHG emissions by supporting the Woodland Trust in its Woodland Carbon project. Together we’re creating 600 sq m of new native woodland in the UK – enough to remove at least 24 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

 

Savings

Total carbon savings

 11,020

East of England carbon savings

 2,896