Sustainable Logistics: IMC and FMS Innovate

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IMC Logistics and Fenix Marine Services (FMS) have partnered to introduce the supply chain industry’s first fully clean energy SmartStack. Launched on June 4, this initiative underscores the industry’s dedication to reducing carbon emissions while enhancing logistics efficiency.

Key Highlights:

  • Collaboration: IMC Logistics and Fenix Marine Services (FMS) have joined forces.
  • Clean Energy: First fully clean energy SmartStack in the supply chain industry.
  • Launch Date: Initiative launched on June 4.
  • Technology: FMS uses hydrogen fuel cell top-pick handlers; IMC employs zero-emission vehicles.
  • Efficiency: SmartStack reduces unproductive lifts and wait times for drivers.
  • Environmental Impact: Significant reduction in carbon emissions.
  • Compliance: In line with California’s Advanced Clean Fleets Rule.
  • Future Goals: IMC aims to fully transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2028.

Fenix Marine Services (FMS) segregated and stacked the containers designated for the IMC SmartStack at their terminal using their hydrogen fuel cell top-pick handler. IMC drivers then picked up and delivered these containers using their fleet of zero-emission vehicles. This collaboration highlights the industry’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions while ensuring efficient and sustainable logistics operations.

The SmartStack process itself is innovative and efficient. Drivers can self-assign the most available container, reducing the number of unproductive lifts for terminal operators and minimizing wait times for drivers.

In addition to achieving environmental objectives, customers benefit from shorter wait times. Mason George, President of National Accounts at IMC, stated, “IMC SmartStacks improve the process for shippers, drivers, and the industry. 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 State of California’s Advanced Clean Fleets Rule mandates trucking companies that provide drayage services to adopt an increasing number of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) to their fleets. By 2035, all trucks entering seaports or intermodal rail yards must be ZEVs. IMC is ahead of the mandate, currently running electric and hydrogen trucks, with a goal of transitioning their entire fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2028.

To learn more about IMC’s sustainability initiatives, visit IMC Sustainability. For additional information on SmartStacks, visit SmartStacks.

About IMC Logistics: IMC Logistics is the largest marine drayage company in the United States. With the largest fleet of trucks and chassis, an integrated network of secure depots, and transloading facilities, IMC moves cargo to and from all major rails and ports in the nation. For 42 years, IMC has focused on delivering innovative solutions to its valued clients. To learn more, visit IMC Logistics.

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