A.P. Moller-Maersk has revealed that they will be constructing a brand new and cutting-edge cold storage facility in Norway.
Oslo, Norway With the announcement of a new innovative cold storage facility that will be planned for Flatholmen quay in Aalesund, Norway, A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) continues to integrate global end-to-end cold chains. The requirements of Norway’s sizable seafood industry have been meticulously taken into account in the construction of the brand-new facility. It is anticipated that it will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2024, making it one of the largest cold storage facilities of its kind in the country.
The new facility that is going to be built in Aalesund will be constructed in accordance with BREEAM Excellent standards, and it will have zero direct emissions from operations. This will be in full accordance with Maersk’s overall goal to decarbonize its entire operation by the year 2040.
It is anticipated that once operational, the facility will assist customers in significantly reducing the climate footprint associated with their entire supply chain.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the opening of our very first environmentally friendly cold storage facility in Norway. A significant number of our clients, particularly those operating in the seafood industry, are on the lookout for long-term business partners who are in a position to cut down on their overall climate footprint. The cold store in Aalesund is an additional step forward in our commitment to set a course for zero-carbon logistics while simultaneously enabling genuine integrated logistics for our customers. This was made possible by the construction of the cold store.
Birna Odefors is the Area Managing Director for A.P. Moller-Maersk in the Nordic countries.
According to Maersk’s emission targets, the company’s global cold chain and contract logistics operations will have to achieve a green certification rate of at least 90 percent by the year 2030. (scopes 1 and 2).
When it is finished, the cutting-edge new facility will have approximately 12,000 square metres of space that is fully convertible and has temperature control. Customers will be able to take advantage of the facility’s true integrated cold chain logistics offerings, which include storage, distribution, and inland transportation services, as well as the facility’s capacity to store over 33,000 pallets of cold store products in total.
“By putting this initiative into motion, we are moving forward another step in the direction of enabling true end-to-end cold chain offerings in Norway. Because of the new facility in Aalesund, all of the cargo will be able to be directly stored and consolidated at our cold store at the terminal rather than being consolidated from the smaller cold stores that are located throughout the region. Its location on the quay side means that it will provide easy access to infrastructure for palletized cargo coming from the North and will limit the amount of traffic that currently exists between cold stores and the terminal. According to Birna Odefors, Area Managing Director for A.P. Moller – Maersk in the Nordics, “all of this will lead to lower operational costs for everyone involved and will improve our customers’ cashflow.”
Maersk has been active in the region of Aalesund for a number of years now. Aalesund is the most important hub for fish coming from the northern part of Norway and is also the largest receiver of wild catch in Norway.
The new facility will function as a seamless supply chain link for customers when transporting frozen and refrigerated products. This will be accomplished by linking Aalesund’s strategic location with easy access to national road networks and proximity with shipping ports. This will enable the facility to reach major container hubs in Europe with relative ease, and from there to the rest of the world.
Another significant achievement for the growth of the Port of Aalesund, the signing of the agreement with Maersk to construct a cold storage facility that is state-of-the-art and emits low levels of greenhouse gases marks a significant step forward in the ongoing partnership.
We are thrilled and honoured to be in a position to make a significant improvement to the Aalesund area, and it fills us with excitement. This agreement strengthens Maersk’s long-term relationship in Aalesund, and we are confident that it will attract even more commercial activity to our region.
Ole Christian Fiskaa is the director of port operations for the Port of Aalesund.
Norway is one of the largest seafood exporters in the world and the country with the highest production of Atlantic salmon in the world. The sector of aquaculture in Norway has grown significantly over the past few decades to become one of the most significant economic sectors in the country. The value of Norway’s fish exports, which currently accounts for USD 11.90 billion, is expected to increase by a factor of five by the year 2050. (2010 baseline).
Regarding the A.P. Moller – Maersk Company
AP Moller – Maersk is an integrated logistics company that works to connect and simplify the supply chains of its customers. The company, which is the market leader in global logistics, has operations in more than 130 countries and employs more than 100,000 people all over the world. Maersk has set a goal for the entire company to achieve net zero emissions by the year 2040 by implementing new technologies, constructing new vessels, and using green fuels.
Concerning the Port of Aalesund
Aalesund is situated on the Northwest coast of Norway, 380km North of Bergen and is the largest port in the area handling all types of vessels ranging from container vessels to fishing vessels. Annually, Port of Aalesund handles approximately 16,000 vessels, 2.000.000 tonnes of cargo and 70.000 TEU of containers. Exports include fish, fish products, hydraulic machinery, ship building products and furniture.
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