The Log Book: Ally Logistics launches “Road to Reef” campaign

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The logbook is a weekly digest of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Ally Logistics helps support the reefs off West Maui, Carrier Logistics donates to an autism awareness group and CMA CGM drops the first of two buoys to help monitor the whale population off West Maui. East cost.

Ally Logistics launches “Road to Reef” campaign

In partnership with the Coral Reef Alliance, Ally Logistics, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently launched its “Road to Reef” initiative. The technology-driven logistics provider will pledge $1 for every load it books to restore a 1,000 square foot watershed in the Wahikuli area of ​​West Maui, Hawaii.

According to Founder and CEO Dan Manshaem, this gives Allied Logistics an impactful, yet accessible way to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and meet the company’s mission to “move freight better”.

“Nobody likes to talk about the negative environmental impacts of trucking,” Manshaem said. “The fact is, internal combustion diesel-powered tractor-trailers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. … Increasing volumes of goods will continue to move on our highways. More tractor-trailers on the highways means more diesel emissions, more carbon in the atmosphere, which means more environmental consequences. As cleaner propulsion systems for tractor-trailers finally move from pipe dream to reality, it will be many years before they become widely available. Until that day comes, the industry must find other ways to make an impact.

The Coral Reef Alliance is a non-profit organization that uses science and community engagement to reduce threats to coral reefs.

On the Wahikuli Reef that the company sponsors, when it rains, sediment tends to wash off the land and smother nearby corals reducing access to sunlight. With the donations from Ally, the Coral Reef Alliance will be able to plant native trees and plants to trap sediment, allowing the corals to restore their population over time.

Coral Reef Alliance volunteers. (Photo: Coral Reef Alliance)

“It’s initiatives like this that really impress on our customers and carriers that we’re more than just a stereotypical broker – we’re striving to be better,” said Alyssa Krynicky, Chief Experience Officer. employees. “I think that says a lot about our people and the values ​​we live by every day. We are working towards something much bigger than ourselves here.

For leadership, this program fits perfectly into Ally Logistics’ culture of innovation.

The company was one of the first to join the industry’s latest “End Non-Competes” campaign. movement and just announced this week that it will be adding a lounge for working moms to its new office expansion and partnering with the Pumpspotting app to support every mom’s baby feeding plans.

“At Ally, we are focused on creating a positive impact on the lives of our employees and the industry,” said Spencer Toth, Chief Strategy Officer. “The ripple effect of these efforts has been extremely encouraging, but we knew we couldn’t stop there. This partnership marks a new era for us, and our team couldn’t be more excited.

(Video: Coral Reef Alliance – YouTube)

Carrier Logistics supports Autism Speaks

At the company’s 50th anniversary event, Elmsford, New York-based Carrier Logistics announced that it had donated an undisclosed amount to research firm Autism Speaks.

The donation was made in honor of PITT OHIO Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Geoffrey Muessig, who spoke at the event for Carrier Logistics, a provider of management solutions for LTL carriers based on assets.

PITT OHIO has supported Autism Speaks since 2000, when employee Scott Greacen, father of two boys with autism, introduced Muessig and supplier LTL to the association.

“Since the founding of Carrier Logistics in 1972, we have been more than a provider of industry-leading solutions that benefit our customers through the complex process management technology required in LTL and last mile operations,” said President Ben Wiesen. “Our commitment to ‘doing well by doing good’ also means that we give back to the community by regularly donating to various charities through the Ken Weinberg Memorial Fund, named after our founder. We are proud to continue this tradition with this donation to Autism Speaks in honor of Geoffrey Muessig.

The donation will help Autism Speaks improve autism spectrum disorder research, including outreach events.

CMA CGM participates in the deployment of a whale monitoring system

CMA CGM Group, a global shipping provider, has partnered with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to position two acoustic monitoring buoys off the East Coast to help detect whales along ocean routes with heavy traffic.

The partners recently dropped the first of two buoys off Norfolk, Va., and will drop the second off Savannah, Georgia sometime next week, according to the company.

New monitoring buoy on the Virginia coast. (Photo: CMA-CGM)

Along with speed reduction programs around animal habitats, CMA CGM is deploying more technologies to improve the protection of marine mammals, including the use of Repcet, a system that alerts merchant vessels to the position of whales in real time. , and the European project Sea Detect, used to detect cetaceans and floating objects. It has also partnered with the Life-Piaquo consortium to reduce ship traffic noise over time.

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