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Maersk Vessel Sails Europe to China on Biofuel

Members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), including major multinationals like Shell, Unilever, and DSM, recently worked with shipping giant Maersk to support a biofuel-powered voyage from Europe to China.

The center will manage the fully autonomous and zero-emission container vessel, MV Yara Birkeland, which will trade between Yara’s Norwegian production plant at Heroya and the ports of Brevik and Larvik.

According to the website Splash247.com, the large triple-E boxship vessel named Mette Maerks sailed 25,000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai using 20% sustainable second-generation biofuels and then returned fueled only with biofuel blends. This represents a saving of 1.5m kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulpher. Clothing giant H&M will be the first client to employ this green transport solution.


Deepest submarine dive

Victor Vescovo, an American diver, broke the record for deepest submarine dive ever and found something disheartening at the bottom of the ocean — a plastic bag.
Victor Vescovo traveled seven miles down to the deepest part of the ocean, Mariana Trench in the Pacific, BBC News reports. During his four-hour excursion, Vescovo spotted new sea creatures — as well as a plastic bag and candy wrappers. The dive was recorded for “Deep Planet,” a series that will air on Discovery Channel later this year.

SMT Management Offsite Focuses on Digital Innovation

In September 2019, over 20 SMT managers from across the world gathered in Scotland to discuss how digital innovation could improve SMT’s customer service and internal operations. As explained by the program facilitators from PwC Netherlands, a company’s digital strategy must not be limited to the activities of its IT department. Instead, companies must understand how to use today’s technology – from drones and robots to data analytics and artificial intelligence – to best adapt to our increasingly digital economy. With this framework in mind, SMT managers spent 1.5 days working together to identify problems that could be addressed through digital innovation. They then worked in small groups to develop digital products and services that might address those needs.

In all, it was a meaningful opportunity for SMT leadership to work across departmental lines to solve complex problems.
In his opening remarks, CFO Marcel Heijnsbroek explained how fundamental this type of work is to the long term success of our business: “The topic of this outing is digital innovation, but in a broader context it is also about company development. Business development, which we do every day, has made us a successful integrated shipping company. Yet while business development is what drives our profits of tomorrow, company development is what enables us to continue to do that – with the right people, organization, leadership, communication, systems, and personal development. Business and company development together creates continued success”.

The next phase of this work is to further develop and implement some of the products and services developed at the offsite. Stay tuned!


On July 23, representatives from the Operations and Commercial Department spent the day touring MV Ocean Pearl during their port visit in Camden, New Jersey. Many thanks to Captain Mariusz Zalewski and CE Marcin Cieszkowski for their tour of the vessel.