Following in the footsteps of A.P. Moller - Maersk’s Ocean ECO Delivery product launched in 2019, Maersk Japan will be launching a pilot to offer customers sustainable drayage in Japan. It will utilise renewable diesel to provide immediate carbon emission reductions. This will be the first permanently fixed green solution for container drayage in Japan and promises to reduce carbon emissions for container drayage operations by up to 80% based on lifecycle analysis. Ground-breaking series "As we continue to build towards our long-term sustainability goals, at Maersk we’ are accelerating our efforts to decarbonise marine operations, most recently with the order for a ground-breaking series of 8 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on carbon-neutral methanol." At Maersk, we are accelerating the efforts to decarbonise marine operations "At the same time, it is important we make every effort in the local markets to support our global vision, and I am very excited about our sustainable drayage pilot which can bring significant sustainability benefits to our customers in Japan," said Toru Nishiyama, Managing Director, North East Asia Area, A.P. Moller - Maersk. The renewable biodiesel is sourced from Itochu Corporation/Itochu Enex who uses ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certified used cooking oil as feedstock. The fuel is then imported into Japan and put into specific container drayage trucks to carry containers of customers who purchased the service from Maersk. Providing drayage connections "Initially, the pilot will be launched in the Yokohama Kanagawa area providing drayage connections to and from the Yokohama port. The plan is to expand the solution to other parts of Japan, namely Kobe and Nagoya, over the next couple of years. With this pilot, we are honoured and humbled to pioneer a much-needed area of the supply and transport chain, listening to and serving our customers in a cleaner, better way." "We encourage not only our people, vendors, partners and customers, but also other players and actors in the market to join us in the effort of building together the cleanest, most sustainable transport options henceforth," said Francisco Betancourt, Director, North East Asia Product Management, A.P. Moller - Maersk.
In July 2020, two fully functional Maersk containers were skilfully painted with a rainbow to join Maersk’s fleet. On March 11, 2021, they embarked on their World Tour, set to end in Denmark for Copenhagen Pride 2021, stopping at several locations across Asia and Europe on their way. The first part of the journey for the 40 and 20-foot rainbow boxes was aboard the Maersk Edmonton from APM Terminals Pier 400 in Los Angeles to APM Terminals Yokohama in Japan, where they arrived on March 22nd. Commitment to diversity “APM Terminals Japan is very proud to be part of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and it’s very exciting for Yokohama to be the first stop of these rainbow containers’ journey,” comments Sakura Kuma, Managing Director, APM Terminals Japan. Yokohama is geographically critical to Transpacific trade, especially westbound “The initiative brings memories of a famous song ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and for me personally this exemplifies that what we deliver is not only cargo but also a commitment for a better future, where diversity and inclusion is something completely natural. It is also a great example that Yokohama is geographically critical to Transpacific trade, especially westbound.” Employees brands to sign During their World Tour, the containers will be available in various locations for employees from A.P. Moller Maersk brands to sign, as a symbol of their own personal commitment to diversity and inclusion. This tradition started at APM Terminals Pier 400 in Los Angeles and was continued at APM Terminals Yokohama. The rainbow boxes will have a few more stops where employees will get this opportunity to see and sign the units before their arrival in Copenhagen. Global commitment Maersk’s North East Asia Area Managing Director Toru Nishiyama shared, “It is super exciting to have the two beautiful rainbow containers in Yokohama as the first stop of this world tour. Thanks to the work of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, I feel all our employees in North East Asia are familiar with D&I. This small event today underpins our global commitment as an organisation to this very important agenda, and I look forward to seeing the rainbow containers continuing the journey in Asia and throughout the rest of the world!” Increasing awareness Maersk Japan and Korea collaborates with customers and other companies to drive actual changes in the society “We are honoured and excited to see first rainbow containers in Yokohama. In Maersk Japan and Korea, we are driving various diversity and inclusion activities (Pride Week, gender diversity, psychological safety) to create an inclusive workplace environment,” shared Rosa Kim, Head of Maersk’s NEA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “As of this year, Maersk Japan and Korea collaborates with a number of customers and other companies to increase awareness and drive actual changes in the society.” Social media presence Throughout their voyage, all those lucky enough to see one of these rainbow containers are encouraged to take a picture and share on social media platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #InclusionAllTheWay.