IMC Logistics And FMS Combine For Fully Clean Energy SmartStack

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IMC Logistics has announced a new partnership with Fenix Marine Services (FMS) in the US market that will see it operate the supply chain industry’s first fully clean energy SmartStack.

Launched on June 4, the initiative creates a clean SmartStack process where drivers self-assign the most available container over a specific one, meaning there’s fewer unproductive lifts for terminal operators and less time spent waiting for the driver.

The process involved FMS segregating and stacking the containers designated for the IMC SmartStack at its terminal using a hydrogen fuel-cell top-pick handler, before IMC drivers then picked up and delivered containers using zero-emissions vehicles.

IMC national accounts president Mason George says the collaboration highlights the industry’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions while ensuring efficient and sustainable logistics operations.

“IMC SmartStacks improve the process for shippers, drivers and the industry,” George says.

“With this solution, we’re able to offer our customers a sustainable way to evacuate containers from the terminal, while quickly delivering their containers in just two days or less.”

The move follows the State of California recently passing the Advanced Clean Fleets Rule that requires truck companies that provide drayage services to adopt an increasing amount of zero-emissions vehicles to their fleets.

By 2035, the law requires all trucks entering seaports or intermodal rail yards to be zero-emissions, with IMC running electric and hydrogen trucks ahead of the mandate with the aim of transition to zero-emissions by 2028.

Source: Fully loaded ATN

13 Jun 2024