It is no secret that the world is currently facing significant changes in the business environment at the moment. An energy crisis, a labour shortage, and the green transition are just a few.
The logistics industry is, of course, also affected by and aware of all these changes. Every day, we work hard to adapt to these developments to constantly offer both our customers and employees attractive solutions and a future-proof workplace.
When you drive on the motorways in Denmark and throughout Europe, it is impossible not to notice a large number of trucks on the road. Today, a significant amount of goods is transported around Europe by trucks.
But it is not a sustainable solution for the future.
Palle Mogensen, director at H. Daugaard, says: “We are looking into a future in the next 10-15 years with a major shortage of drivers – currently, there is already a shortage of 450,000 drivers in Europe. It is unrealistic to believe there will be a solution to that challenge in a foreseeable future. As a result, you have to search for other alternatives. Another option would be to look at transport by rail, but that solution also offers challenges because we are about to reach the limit in terms of capacity.”
Instead, one must look into solutions where economies of scale can be exploited and, simultaneously, are a more sustainable alternative to truck transport. Here, H. Daugaard sees a great future within shipping (transport by ship). With ocean transport, there is plenty of space in contrast to the motorways, and instead of trucks driving smaller quantities of goods, ships can transport several thousand tonnes of goods at once.
When considering the environment, it doesn’t make sense for trucks to drive around Europe – even if you optimise driving behaviour, tires, etc. At least not with the current technology. Instead, cars and trucks should be used on shorter distances, and heavy freight traffic should be transported by ocean.
Although older ships also pollute, it still makes a lot of sense to take a closer look at this solution when discussing future shipping methods. Overall, it makes more sense in the environmental accounts if we transport larger quantities of goods at once so that we emit less pollution in the long run by taking fewer trips. Ship transport is the most environmentally friendly freight method today.
There are many indications that shipping will be significant in future transport solutions because large quantities of goods can be transported simultaneously. At the same time, you can also accommodate the challenge of the considerable driver shortage in Europe.
Of course, not all goods are suitable for shipping, so you must always consult with experts in the field before choosing a specific method of transportation for your goods.
An experienced and professional logistics partner can always advise you based on your exact needs and wishes concerning price, delivery time, sustainability, and much, much more.