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A French first – temperature controlled inland canal transport

Paris, France: Stef-TFE is claiming a first for using river barges to provide refrigerated transport for its customer, Ferrero, a subsidiary of Italian group Ferreo.

For the first time in France, manufactured food products, including Nutella, Mon Chéri, Kinder, Ferrero Rocher, are being ferried in temperature-controlled conditions by inland canal under.

Ferrero uses a refrigerated container holding 23 pallets that is loaded at its Grand-Quevilly warehouse in Normandy.  It is delivered to the port of Rouen by truck and is then loaded on a barge bound for the port of Gennevilliers, north of Paris departing at 3 pm on Friday and arriving at 8 am on Monday.  The refrigerated container is then hauled by truck to a warehouse in Marly-la-Ville.

Goods are hauled weekly between Rouen and Gennevilliers by canal operated by Marfret and managed by Voies Navigables de France, a public entity under the Department for Environment and Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing.

Initially, a trailer load a week will transit between Grand-Quevilly Ferro’s warehouse near Rouen and the Gennevilliers harbour.

When the system is up and running, Ferrero plans to use five containers a week, which will mean a 30% CO2 emission reduction from 260 truck loads taken off the roads and 55,000km travelled on water

Goods are hauled weekly between Rouen and Gennevilliers by canal operated by Marfret and managed by Voies Navigables de France, a public entity under the Department for Environment and Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing

By 2015, Ferrero is committed to transporting 6% by volume of products by rail on water and to reduce its greenhouse emissions from its goods and people movements by 10%.

Grégory Debuchy, Ferrero supply chain manager for France, Belgium and Holland said: “Through this unique operation in France, we continue with our innovative strategy of recasting our logistics and transport operations while taking into account environmental issues.

“Clean, quiet and reliable, water lanes offer a good alternative to road transport of goods.  It offers a high volume transport solution and helps us to continually improve the CO2 footprint of our logistics activities.

“Multimodal transport, many talk about it but our logistics partner, Stef-TFE was committed to do something.  For five years, we have been working closely together to find true operational solutions: carbon emissions measurement, load factor optimization and mileage reduction through the development of road-rail.

Serge Capitaine, Stef-TFE managing director said: “Stef-TFE has always followed a sustainable development strategy to create value for the entire supply chain.  For several years, the Group has been promoting multimodal transport schemes as an alternative to road transport.  Stef-TFE initiatives have led to a 4.75% cut in CO2 emissions within two years (2008-2010: carbon footprint of transport and logistics linked to the three main energy sources used by the group – motor fuel, refrigerants and electricity.”