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By Camila Hurtado

Zbox certified, ready to travel

Zbox certified, ready to travel

It is with satisfaction that we can share today that we recently went through an important process before our Zboxes were ready for their first foray to the open sea.

All this year we have been working to ensure that our Zbox containers fulfill all the required security, stability and usability requirements. This post is the first of a series in which we will be sharing our achievements in terms of how our containers are performing on real routes.

Whether a container is used offshore or for international transport, there are regulations and certifications to ensure its suitability.

Why certifications?

Since the 1960s, maritime containers have played an integral role in the international supply chain and it must be taken into account that world trade is mainly articulated at the maritime scale. More than 80% of the world’s international trade in goods is moved by sea.


Therefore, the massive daily movement of containers has prompted international regulations to facilitate their journeys and to ensure the necessary time doesn’t run up against security, stability and usability issues.

Certificate for International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC)

In 1972, a convention for the safety and suitability for transport/handling of containers was adopted at a conference convened jointly by the United Nations and the International Maritime Organizations. This was the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC).

In August our Zbox obtained this certification, it is identified on a safety approval plate fixed on the outside of the left door, which adopts a permanent, non-corrosive and fireproof rectangular shape measuring 200 mm x 100 mm or more.

The 1972 Container Safety Convention has two mainly objectives. 

  1. The first is to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the transportation and handling containers by providing generally acceptable test procedures and related resistance requirements.
  2. The other is to facilitate the international transport of containers by providing uniform international safety standards, equally applicable to all modes of surface transport.  In this way, the proliferation of divergent national safety regulations can be avoided.

Benefits for our containers

  • The approval, evidenced by the security approval plate granted by one Contracting State, is recognized by other Contracting States. 
  • Our Zboxes can move in international transport with the minimum of security control formalities.

The CSC plate is usually included as part of a combined data plate. Therefore, the Zbox plate includes information concerning other certifications required for the containers to be used in international trade.

Subsequent maintenance of a safety approved container is the owners responsibility. Therefore, we at Navlandis will regularly inspect our Zboxes, especially after their first few trips.

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Zbox Go

By Luisa Velasquez

First Zbox units ready

First Zbox units ready

As we mentioned in our previous article, a logistics innovation process requires certain complex processes in design, planning, testing, external resources, recalculations and a series of other activities that end up translating into economic investment, time and a lot of energy used.

Since Navlandis started the execution of the initial Zbox prototype, a path of different stages has been followed, starting with uncertainty, a situation that, as expected, requires confidence in the process of research and analysis of the created solution. Followed by a variety of situations that have tested teamwork, communication and compliance with each plan.

The realization of what was at the time just an idea, which is not exactly the easiest, also taking into account the sector in which it is immersed, makes this achievement a really important milestone. And so does the whole team that has been working non-stop.

Continuing our focus on the tangible, and feeling all the pride of what it has meant to get to this point, we can now say that we have our first Zbox units manufactured, checked, certified and ready to embark on their first foray to sea.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the important variables is external resources, specifically in manufacturing. The parts used to assemble the containers are provided by an ally, and in May of this year, we received them to assemble the first units.

The start-up was not long in coming and we are still in the process. We have also been finding solutions for each fortuitous limitation and thanks to the excellent workmanship of our team, the first units have been successfully completed.

What’s coming next

Now it’s non-stop, with all the parts ready in our warehouse, we are assembling the next units.

We expect to finish according to the latest planning, optimizing time and physical resources that we have been improving in recent weeks. By taking advantage of more space in our warehouse, we have a larger surface area to increase performance in the assembly of the last units.

We will soon announce the complete final result and its upcoming start-up. Stay tuned!!

innovación

By Luisa Velasquez

Talking about innovation

What is innovation and why do we talk about it?

From its literal meaning, RAE defines innovation as the creation or modification of a product, and its introduction in a market.

It can also be defined as the activity by which results derived from research and development (knowledge, prototypes) are launched into the market in the form of new products, services or are transformed into new processes in the company (R+D+i).

Over the years there have been many innovative milestones, each of which has made the world more connected. There have always been those non-conformist people who imagine everything in a better way.

How an innovation process is executed

Innovations are challenges, characterized by uncertainty, risk and complexity.

There is no unique path to reach an innovation process, but each process represents a successive development of stages that are gradually fulfilled.

Below is an explanation of one type of process that can lead to innovation:

  1. Identify opportunities and generate ideas: This action leads to discovering, for example, an unsatisfied market need, a problem with a customer or a new technical solution. The possibilities are as wide as its search.
  2. Ideas evaluation: At the moment of discovering these opportunities, the following is based on prioritizing according to variables that best suit the person or company. Examples: strategies, risks and viability, market and customer needs, market potential, conditions such as laws, standards, patents, among others.
  3. Ideas prioritization: The requirements to implement the different ideas are analyzed and defined, and the viability and the necessary timeframe are evaluated. Some aspects to take into account are: possible bottlenecks, people, capacities and necessary collaborations, authorizations, legal licenses or necessary permits, etc.
  4. Project definition: This is the phase of shaping the activities that will make it possible to execute the selected ideas, establishing concrete work plans and allocating the necessary resources.
  5. Execution: Here it is important that everyone involved understands what is to be achieved, as well as their role. In addition, it is important to review the progress of each activity to ensure that the plan is being respected; in the case of innovation projects, it may be necessary to make changes along the way.
  6. Follow-up: Once the project has been completed, it is important to verify whether there have been any deviations from the initial plan and to analyze the causes. Subsequently, it will be necessary to monitor the results.

When speaking specifically of the requirements of an R+D+I project, the UNE166001 standard states (Spain) the project must contemplate at least the following aspects:

  • Designation of a project manager, establishing his or her functions.
  • Project objectives
  • Innovation and degree of novelty of the project
  • Planning
  • Risk management
  • Budget and resources
  • Exploitation of results
  • Documentation control
  • Follow-up
  • Change control

Innovation in logistics

As time goes by, advances in each sector interfere in the operation of different processes at all levels. Logistics, like any other sector, has been adapting to the economic, social and technological changes that are transforming our daily routines.

There are two clear situations, although there are countless others, that determine how we react in this specific sector. The first is that there are always new ways to make the supply chain more efficient and effective, and there has always been a focus on innovation in logistics because of the large-scale impact it has on all companies.

Innovation at Navlandis

Proactivity and the identification of potentially disruptive changes at an “early stage”, have made the team that conforms Navlandis, professionals ready to find innovative solutions when the client has a complex need that cannot be solved in the usual way.

Zbox is a clear example of an entrepreneurial initiative that has been advancing step by step along the real path of R+D+i. An innovative idea, plus a practical development, plus a significant amount of research.

This first finished product is a solution to a global problem. This solution was born from a simple idea that entailed a huge challenge for its implementation. Today Zbox is a reality and soon we will know its history put to test.

Ending for now…

One aspect that every non-conformist knows is important is that any innovation idea, process or action requires sustainability over time. It is not profitable to dedicate time, effort and money to something when that “new solution” is not going to be sustainable in the long term.

The best innovations not only make operations more efficient, but will also make a whole chain of people involved feel more benefited.

And although innovating is considered costly because of everything necessary for its realization, they say that the cost of doing innovation will always be lower than the cost of not doing it, innovation never comes to an end.

transporte internacional

By Luisa Velasquez

Latest certifications granted

A container implementation with applied innovation is not only limited to the fact that its manufacture works as proposed. For a container to be part of the transport logistics chain, different certifications and permits are required in order to comply with international transport standardization.

Our Zbox has just obtained two more certifications, the certification under the customs agreement and the obtaining of our BIC code, technically it becomes our folding container with the highest aspiration in the sector.

Customs Agreement Certificate

The TIR Convention (Transport International Routier) is a transport convention, an international customs transit system for goods, which aims to facilitate international transit through simplified customs transit procedures and a system of international guarantees.

The TIR was created by the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) in order to expedite the transport of goods between different countries. It establishes the necessary standards that a cargo must meet in order not to be inspected at the customs offices through which it must pass, from the time it leaves its country of origin until it arrives in the country of destination.

After several months of work to learn about the application process, due to the limitations in cases that have been obtained in Spain, we were able to access the procedure and carry out the respective tests prior to obtaining the certificate.

This is how our Zbox container got the “approved under Custom Seal” to be considered as transport equipment for the international transport of goods under the TIR convention.

Last May our Zbox passed the necessary reviews and tests by the customs department of the Ministry of Finance in order to validate our Zbox shipping container and obtain the appropriate certification.

To pass the tests, our Zbox 20′ container had to pass the visual inspection of the customs technicians, as well as go through the container scanner located in the facilities of the Port of Valencia.

Approval of the BIC code for our Zbox container

In maritime transport, all containers transiting international waters must be registered. Containers are identified by an 11-digit alphanumeric combination. The first three letters identify the owner and are assigned to the companies by the BIC (Bureau of International Containers).

The coding system is made up of several codes that provide, among other details, the country of origin of the container, the owner and the type of container.

These marks provide vital information for all the agents in the supply chain, which helps to monitor and secure the container and therefore its cargo, from dispatch to delivery at destination.

At Navlandis we have obtained from the Bureau International of Containers (BIC) the ZBXU code as container owner, to be able to operate with our Zbox containers.

If you want to know more about the Zbox, do not hesitate to contact us.

medio ambiente

By Luisa Velasquez

Navlandis, committed to the environment

Navlandis, committed to the environment

World Environment Day

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1972 to raise awareness among the world’s population of the importance of caring for our ecosystems and promoting respect for the environment.

The invitation is for everyone to support through real actions. To individuals, encouraging them to improve their consumption habits. To companies by developing more conscious and ecological models. Governments to protect wilderness areas. Teachers to educate in natural values. Young people to raise their voices for the future of the planet. Environmental protection requires everyone’s support.

“We are the generation who can make peace with nature”, and at Navlandis we are clear about this because from the beginning we have been making use of innovation for the optimization of all our resources.

Logistics and its implication

In Logistics, a sector in which we are mainly involved, it is known that international maritime transport represents approximately 80% of the global transport of goods between peoples and communities around the world and it is also the most efficient and cost-effective international transport system for most goods; it is a safe and low-cost means of international transport, which promotes trade between nations and peoples, while contributing to their prosperity.

But, just as maritime transport generates multiple benefits for international trade, there are also some adverse situations, since more than 3% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be related to naval transport, due to the fact that these large ships use dirty and polluting fossil fuels for their propulsion.

Innovation is at our core and SDG 9 gives us the guide

Navlandis, a company with a strong R&D component that aims to create innovative solutions to current needs of the logistics and transportation sector, we pursue the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals and through the ninth goal, we are committed to innovation as it plays a key role in introducing and promoting new technologies, facilitates international trade and enables the efficient use of resources.

Our product: Zbox container

The Zbox and its contribution to environmental conservation:

  • Greatly reduces the economic and environmental costs of repositioning empty containers.
  • Provides value to all the agents involved in the chain.
  • Optimization is achieved by folding the container when it is empty.
  • Five containers can be transported as a single package in the same space as a standard container.
  • This translates into direct cost savings.
  • We can save 80% of the transport and storage space, 20% of the CO2 emissions, and 50% of the operational costs of transporting empty containers.

According to WWF in its document “Principles for a sustainable blue economy”, to achieve this Blue Economy in the seas and coastal regions, land-based impacts on marine ecosystems must be addressed and actors in the chain must also work to promote the development of a sustainable green economy on land.

The Zbox is a product that allows the optimization of processes both for maritime transport and for all processes in the chain. Inland transportation, loading and unloading, warehousing, etc. We recognize that the maritime and land economy are interrelated and that many of the threats facing marine environments originate on land.

The oceans absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming. The importance of their conservation is fundamental to maintaining a sustainable economy for the future, one that continues to benefit international trade and does not lead to the degradation of our ecosystems.

Minimizing and addressing the effects of ocean acidification, including through greater innovative cooperation at all levels, is the commitment we make at Navlandis in each of our product creation processes.

Zbox una realidad

By Camila Hurtado

Zbox. ¿Like a standard container?

When we talk about what we do at Navlandis, we usually get back two types of reactions. People outside the logistics or transportation industry find Zbox is a very good idea, while industry professionals often respond with a lot of questions and a good deal of skepticism. In this series of posts that we start today we’ll try to answer all these questions.

We know that the idea of ​​a collapsible container was born 20 years ago, and that since then there have been several attempts to develop it. This means that conceptually it is a good idea, but putting it into practice is the difficult part.

At Navlandis we wanted to overcome the current state of the art by making a container that, in addition to being collapsible, is really implementable.

And how have we done it? Taking into account from the design and conception of the container that it should function as closely as possible to a standard container: same resistance, same useful life, same security, etc. Hence our motto: “Zbox, like a standard container, more than a foldable container”.

This approach results in the following features of Zbox:

– It meets the same requirements of ISO and CSC certifications as the standard container, including sealing.

– It can be operated by standard machinery available in depots and terminals, and without the need for manual effort.

– It can be loaded practically with the same load as a standard container: the width and height of the doors barely vary approximately 2cm, and the load capacity by weight decreases less than 3%.

Among others.

If you want to know more features of Zbox, please visit zbox.navlandis.com

You can also contact us directly through zbox@navlandis.com

By Camila Hurtado

Container shortage news

Container shortage news

Here is a selection of the container shortage news we have been collecting since last year 2020.

America

Europe

Africa

Asia

Disclaimer: Navlandis shares news from these sources for just for information purposes. The company does not hold any responsibility for the information or opinions reflected in any of the linked websites.

By Camila Hurtado

Navlandis launches Zbox collapsible container for logistics operations, with its third investment round almost complete

• This financing will allow its current solution, validated as a prototype and certified in the demanding regulatory requirements of the logistics sector, to become a reality through the logistics implementation of the Zbox folding container, and the industrial scaling of its disruptive technology.
• As part of the committed financing, the startup Navlandis has received the confirmation of € 2.2 million of non-refundable grant from the European Union by means of the “Blue Economy” program of the H2020-European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

A little more than five years of intense research and experimental development work have passed since Miguel Navalón, founder of Navlandis, embarked on the process of creating a sustainable solution that would respond to one of the great problems of containerized freight transport: the return transport of empty containers and their storage.

During this period, Navlandis team has succeeded to get the innovative Zbox folding container certified under the same regulatory requirements than a traditional container, while maintaining all its benefits as well as providing significant innovations.

Now they are preparing to operate in real environments, moving on beyond the prototyping and the certification stages. In addition, new professionals are joining the team for the growth of the company, in order to bring its value proposition to the market, in which there are some shipping companies already interested.

Even in a year as volatile and complicated as 2020, Navlandis has managed to cover the financing needs to develop this new stage of logistical and operational validation of Zbox, estimated at around 3 million euros, obtaining the confidence of relevant public and private entities.

The European Blue Economy program, financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of H2020, supports the Zbox Blue Logistics project of Navlandis with a non-refundable subsidy of 2.2 million euros. The project will last two years starting on October 2020, and will consist of the massive deployment of 100 Zbox containers for operational validation, including connectivity and traceability tools in several units. The objectives of the project are to put the technology into operation, to implement improvements in the industrial manufacturing process and to consolidate the exploitation model.

Currently, Navlandis is contacting different logistics operators that can participate in this project aimed at sustainability, reducing their CO2 emissions and optimizing the transport and storage of their empty containers, through the use of Zbox in their routes. Making a commitment to green shipping: efficient, ecological, sustainable and favorable to the circular economy.

This support for innovation and the milestones achieved by the Navlandis prototypes have helped the third round of investment in the Valencian startup to be close to its goal. In addition to the European funding, KIC Innoenergy, which belongs to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), has contributed to the project. The EIT invests to accelerate innovative companies and projects focused on sustainability.

The third round of investment remains open for those investors who want to support an industrial initiative aligned with the strategic objectives of the European Community and support of Horizon 2030.

Navlandis has a 5-year history of development, with important milestones during its short life, such as the prototyping and subsequent certification of Zbox, its deployment test in port environment or the next challenge of creating a more sustainable road and maritime transport environment, traceable in real time and aimed at significant business cost savings for logistics companies and therefore for their customers.

About Navlandis

Navlandis is a technology-based company that innovates in the transport and logistics sector, born in 2015 by the hand of Miguel Navalón. The first Navlandis development is Zbox, a new generation of foldable container to make transport more sustainable.


Miguel Navalón is a Civil Engineer and MBA, with project management training, and previous experience in other business initiatives. He has built a multidisciplinary team at Navlandis, which grows as the business project progresses, to cover all the necessary development and management areas.

By Camila Hurtado

Handling empty containers efficiently and sustainably is a real need. Now, more than ever.

At Navlandis, we have been hearing from some companies in the logistic sector that the transport of empty containers is not a problem… But it really is, and the covid-19 pandemic we are currently living has emphasized it.

Empty container repositioning can be minimized in several ways, but it is not possible to avoid it totally due to the imbalance between import and export streams.

During the pandemic restrictions, operators of the logistic business concentrated more on the full leg of their transports and less on the empty leg. According to MasContainer, Nico Hecker, director of global container logistics for Hapag-Lloyd, called it a “black swan” moment. And now the sector is suffering the all the consequences cited in the media(*) these days, such as:

  • Ports not accepting more containers because terminal capacity is full of empties
  • Shortage of containers in Asian countries
  • Cost increases in both container leasing services (more than 50%), freight rates (up to 240%) and pick-up fees
  • Blank sailings, that cause lack of slot availability and delays on dependent supply chains

It is now cristal clear that the empty leg and the repositioning of its containers cannot be neglected if logistic operators do not want to face serious problems. So, it is now time to search for feasible tools to tackle the transportation of empty containers in an efficient and sustainable way.

Foldable containers, such as Zbox, appear to be one of the possible solutions. Due to their capacity to be folded when empty, and to bundle many of them in the space of one (5 to 1, in the case of Zbox), they constitute an alternative which is cost-effective and efficient in terms of number of operations, space occupation, time and other resources involved.

In the case of Zbox implementation feasibility, it can travel in any slot of the ship (including bottom ones) either unfolded and loaded, or in a bundle of five folded empties, thanks to CSC and ISO 1496 certifications.

Zbox 20’ is now available for real routes implementation. Please contact Miguel Navalón at mnavalon@navlandis.com or +34 647 701 196 for information on terms and conditions.

(*) Sources:

https://www.railfreight.com/beltandroad/2020/11/09/container-shortage-and-price-increase-in-china-which-could-be-the-possible-solutions/

https://epsnews.com/2020/11/18/container-shortage-begins-to-impact-shipping/

https://www.mascontainer.com/la-escasez-de-contenedores-agita-el-comercio-mundial/

https://shippingwatch.com/carriers/Container/article12007782.ece

https://theloadstar.com/rail-operator-utlc-slashes-rates-for-carrying-empty-containers-back-to-china/

By Camila Hurtado

“A sustainable maritime transport for a sustainable planet”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has selected this phrase for the 2020 agenda. With an eye on the sustainable development goals for 2030, Navlandis is already doing its contribution to reducing costs and increasing the sustainability in the transport sector, either through the reduction of CO2 emissions, or through the management of container storage space.

The transport sector is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions and energy consumption. Therefore, decisive actions are expected in terms of adaptation to the strategic guidelines derived from the recommendations adopted at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

Navlandis contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Over the next few years, growth in trade and transport is forecasted. However, the actions to be implemented to mitigate both the high consumption of fossil fuels and the emission of CO2 derived from these activities must begin to be effective and allow these emissions to be reduced.

Most of the maritime traffic takes place in the northern hemisphere (80%); and within it, in the Atlantic (32%), the Pacific (29%) and the Indian (14%) Oceans, and in the Mediterranean Sea (5%), coinciding with the location of the most developed areas of the planet.

Ships transport around 90% of world trade merchandise, and account for 2.2% of CO2 emissions. In absolute figures, there are around 866 million tons of CO2 per year, emitted mainly by vessels flying the flag of the European Union.

Recently, Navlandis has entered the European programs for the development of sustainable maritime transport, because its innovative Zbox container can reduce trips with empty containers and the space used for their storage by a fifth. Due to its ability to fold, Zbox allows five containers to occupy the space of a single container, with ISO 1496 and CSC certifications, which allow it to operate safely on sea routes.

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