Shypple, the ‘Booking.com of shipping’, is doing well, connecting thousands of businesses through an online platform. The young company recently took a big next step. It will convert ship emissions into plant food using a filter system. “The system is installed directly on ships and CO2 doesn’t even have a chance to be airborne,” said CEO Jarell Habets. And the company is making shipping more sustainable in even more areas.
What exactly does Shypple do?
Shipple’s platform provides central communication where everyone can see what is to report on shipping. The data relates to containers with number, purchase orders and tracking. No e-mail traffic is required because it is clear at a glance where a container is located. A few clicks are enough for a reservation.
The booking platform allows registrants to quickly anticipate events that affect delivery. You can also chat via the platform with suppliers on the other side of the world.
The digital forwarder has only been in operation since 2017, but can no longer be called a start-up. In recent years, the company has grown by a factor of two. “While in the same period we have not seen any growth or even a decrease in volume with the biggest competitors”, says Habets proudly. The rapid growth gave the company room to initiate new developments.
This includes a new partnership with Value Maritime. The initiative supports Shypple customers to reduce their carbon footprint with Value Maritime’s Filtree and Carbon Capture system. This system filters sulphur, particles and CO2 from exhaust gases from ships. CO2 has a special purpose and is transported in batteries for greenhouses. They can reduce CO2 then recycled to grow crops. The solution is therefore particularly relevant for transporters of fresh produce. The services will be available to Shypple users from September.
“Marine transport is responsible for 2.5 percent of all global CO2emissions,” explains Habets. “The fantastic thing about Value Maritime’s solution is that it can be installed directly on ships. For example CO2 not even the chance to get into the air and that users of the Shypple platform can directly contribute to a cleaner world because the CO2 is used to fuel plant growth.”
There are currently 60,000 oil-powered ships in the world. It will take some time before these ships are all converted or replaced by battery propulsion. The filter system is practical, especially during the bridge period.
The first reactions to the system are positive. Today, almost everyone is convinced that we must find solutions together to achieve the climate goals. This is also the case in shipping, observes Habets. “The customers who are already using it are absolutely positive. Especially because we have many customers from the fresh market who might benefit from it because the emissions are recycled in the greenhouses.”
A clean shipment
The new filtration system is part of Shipple’s mission to create a clean future for the marine industry. For example, customers in the company also have the opportunity to plant trees, in collaboration with ForestNation. They can also choose biological fuel through the collaboration with Goodshipping, the Institute for the Environment and Renewable Energy Sources in Amsterdam.
“We like to invest in young technologies that have the potential to make a big impact, but have a real hockey stick curve. Initially, it is expensive to use them, which is also the case with, for example, electric cars and wind turbines. But if if there are enough customers, it becomes cheaper and more accessible to more and more people. We like to be the first customer,” says Habets.
“The logistics sector must reinvent itself”
Habets predicts that greener shipping will increase sharply in the coming years. “I think it’s great to see that more and more initiatives are popping up like toadstools, and more and more organizations are thinking about the industry and their role in it. When I see it, I believe it.” But at the same time, there is still much to be done before major steps can be taken. “The logistics sector actually has to reinvent itself, and new collaborations are, in my opinion, crucial. I’m excited to see what this logistics revolution will look like, but we’re definitely doing our part.”