Logistics Middle East

Apparel Group partners with SirajPower to cut warehouse energy use


Middle East retailer Apparel Group has launched its solar plant at its Dubai warehouse facilities in partnershi­p with SirajPower, a UAE provider of solar roofs.

To mark the occasion, an inaugural ceremony was held with the attendance of Nilesh Ved, chairman at Apparel Group, senior leadership from SirajPower including Mohammed Abdulghaff­ar Hussain, chairman and Laurent Longuet, CEO, as well as other VIPs.

The 2 MWp solar plants installed at two of Apparel Group’s warehouses in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) are expected to cover more than 55% of the company’s electricit­y consumptio­n, saving 2,121 metric tons of CO2 during the first year of operation.

The annual savings with this initiative would be equivalent to taking 450 cars off the roads and is part of Apparel Group’s CSR initiative towards sustainabi­lity.

“At Apparel Group, social responsibi­lity is at the heart of our business. From small initiative­s like reduction of paper and plastic to our partnershi­p with SirajPower, we have always challenged ourselves to operate in a more sustainabl­e way whilst also making consistent energy savings to create a greener footprint,” said Nilesh Ved, chairman at Apparel Group.

Laurent Longuet, CEO at SirajPower said: “This inaugurati­on demonstrat­es the value of our unique leasing model and the services we offer to UAE businesses willing to adopt clean energy. Six months after the signing of our deal with Apparel Group, the PV systems we installed is up and running, and already making a green impact on their operations.”


Port of Duqm in Oman handles first RoRo cargo discharge

The Port of Duqm (PDC) has handled the first RoRo (Roll on Roll off ) commercial cargo discharge operation for Duqm Refinery Project EPC3.

RoRo is a method to discharge cargo using wheeled or tracked cargo using a ramp from the vessel.

This recent operation at PDC used both RoRo and LoLo (Lift on Lift off ) modules from the vessel ‘Bahri Tabuk’, operated by Bahri, a Saudi-based vessel.

In this operation PDC discharged 4336MT of steel cargoes, out of which 13 MAFIs (a wheeled platform used to carry the cargo in such operation) with a volume of 639MT were discharged as RoRo module and 3697MT as LoLo module.

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