Sea Transport



New Sea Transport Regulation:
“Low Sulphur”


Since January 1, 2020 a new “Low Sulphur” regulation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requires all shipping companies to reduce their sulphur (SOx) emissions worldwide.

Whereas only the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea and North America were previously subject to restrictive SOx emission regulations, as of 01/01/2020, all sea areas worldwide will now be subject to the requirement not to exceed 0.5% sulphur in air (previously 3.5%). However, this level is still above the threshold allowed in SECA zones.

Companies must therefore adapt their means and marine fuels to comply with this regulation.


They will have three options to achieve this:

  • Use fuel with low sulphur content (e.g. marine diesel with a 0.1% sulphur content) which is more expensive than the current fuel and whose availability is not guaranteed everywhere;
  • Installing smoke reprocessing systems known as “scrubbers”, which involve additional installation costs and maintenance arrangements for on-board personnel;
  • Use alternative energies such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) for their new ships.

TK’Blue takes these different possibilities into account in the definition of fleets that allow the societal costs and air pollutant emissions associated with maritime transport to be calculated, taking into account the methods put in place to comply with the new regulations.




TK’BLUE opens in Spain!


José Luís Madrid, CEO of Sicasoft Solutions states – Jérôme Gabalde, Vice-President of TK’Blue Agency –
Paul Ledesve, Partnership Manager of TK’Blue Agency


This partnership will enable shippers and carriers in Spain and Portugal to benefit from the innovative services TK’Blue has to offer. The main objective is to improve freight transport’s economic and environmental performance.

For 15 years now, Sicasoft has developed smart BI and reporting solutions for companies to efficiently organize non-financial information requests from stakeholders. It was naturally the best potential exclusive partner for TK’Blue, the world leader in transport rating and labelling.

One of the greatest challenges Sicasoft faces in a global scale, is creating a sustainable economic and social model. Sicasoft believes its method of providing companies with a sustainability management solutions portfolio, which improves their decision-making when it comes to incorporating sustainability criteria in their strategic business process. As a result, it helps companies move towards sustainable development and a low carbon economy.

José Luís Madrid, CEO of Sicasoft Solutions states, “We want to help shippers and carriers with their contribution to fight against climate change as well as improve their logistic efficiency and competitiveness, and TK’Blue is our best ally with this goal by far.

Launched in 2011 at the French senate, TK’Blue Agency has become the referenced non-financial rating agency for groups and companies wishing to improve and enhance the economic, environmental and societal performance of their supply chain.

Beyond the historical offer on GHG and CSR reporting and the analysis of the business performance of carriers, TK’Blue constantly thrives to meet the expectations of its customers and partners: new BI tools, customizable dashboards, cascade charts, benchmarking, action plans, alerts and cost control.

That is why TK’Blue has already convinced over a hundred international customers, including many major accounts such as Sephora, Faurecia, Metro, Michelin, Unilever and Carrefour.

As Philippe Mangeard, President of TK’Blue points out, “TK’Blue’s opening in the Spanish market is a great opportunity and attests once again, to our human and technical investment in the continuous improvement of the eco-friendly and responsible performance of each international transport stakeholder.

Blue Diner



The Blue Diners are organised every 2 months by TK’Blue at the Mandarin Oriental, a 5 five stars hotel, quintessence of luxury and elegance. They are an opportunity to gather eight high level Supply Chain Managers around a gastronomic and convivial diner.

Come and share a moment of exchange of good practice for improving the performance of the transport chain, as well as a unique gourmet experience prepared by Chef Thierry Marx.

Programme :

  • 19h30 : Cocktail Reception
  • 20h : Gastronomic Diner



Diner by invitation only. It is intended for Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Managers. If you want to know when the next diners are, and receive your personal invitation, you can ask to be added to our list.

Manhattan Exchange 2019



This is an annual event which draws together the Manhattan Associates’ community of customers and partners from across EMEA into an intensive few days filled with insight and best practice from some of the world’s leading brands in retail, manufacturing, wholesale and logistics.

TK’Blue will host the conference on Wednesday, October 9 on the theme: “How to improve the economic and environmental performance of transport and ensure full CSR compliance.”

For more information, contact Marcia Assunçao:


TK’Blue Agency accredited in compliance with the GLEC framework by Smart Freight Centre



TK’Blue’s GHG emissions calculation tool is accredited compliant with the international standard GLEC by Smart Freight Centre


On July 2019, TK’Blue Agency received accreditation from Smart Freight Centre (SFC) for its measurement tool to calculate GHG emissions in accordance with the GLEC standard, version 2.0 published on July 12, 2019.

TK’Blue is one of the first GHG emissions calculation tools to receive this SFC accreditation for all modes of transport worldwide.

Many international groups are already part of the “Blue dynamic”, and some have expressed interest in using the GLEC framework. TK’Blue has therefore ensured that its tool is aligned with this recent and growing demand.

At the end of the accreditation process, SFC confirms that TK’Blue Agency can provide calculations for freight transport and logistics operations that are in methodological compliance with the GLEC standard.

This accreditation also means that multinational prime contractors and logistics service providers can implement the GLEC framework using the TK’Blue service platform.

Supply Chain Event – Porte de Versailles



This is the supply chain meeting, which will take place at the Parc des expositions at Porte de Versailles (France) on 3 and 4 December.

The 8th edition of the Supply Chain Event is based on the theme “Successful digital transformation”, with more than 100 exhibitors providing solutions and 40 conferences and sharing experiences.

Come and share with TK’Blue, to discover the solution that allows companies to optimize their transportation costs, improve the quality of their fleet while respecting the environment and society.

For more information, contact Marcia Assunçao:


Top Transport Europe – Marseille



TK’Blue is participating in this 28th edition of Top Transport Europe, which will take place on 16 and 17 October at the Palais du Pharo in Marseille. 

All the actors in the freight transport sector meet there, connecting at pre-programmed meetings, workshops and conferences to find the best solutions to develop their Supply Chain.

TK’Blue will present its solution enabling companies to optimise their transport costs, improve the quality of their fleet while respecting the environment and society.

For more information, please contact Marcia Assunçao:


Jérôme Gabalde joins TK’Blue



Jerome Gabalde becomes the vice-president Of international development to expand the global market of TK’Blue


TK’Blue, the Freight Transport Rating and Labelling Agency, announces Jérôme Gabalde as its Vice President of International Development to accelerate the implementation of the TK’Blue solution throughout Europe in 2019 and in the USA in 2020.


With 20 years of experience in the world of Supply Chain, Jérôme Gabalde brings to TK’Blue a unique know-how and an ideal customer aptitude to successfully manage important projects.


He has worked for a dozen years with three logistics service providers: Heppner in the operational field, Mory Group as Market Manager and DHL Supply Chain as Customer Relationship Manager and Business Development Manager.


In 2009, he joined the German group Transporeon as Director to create its French subsidiary. Finally, in 2017, he became Sales Director of Acteos to develop the group’s customer portfolio.


I am delighted to join TK’Blue and support Philippe Mangeard in this great environmental and social initiative. Public authorities and private companies in France, Europe and the world are aware that transport requires a more socially responsible strategy. Our methodological and analytical approach covering both greenhouse gases and societal transport pollution is designed to provide effective, virtuous and responsible support for both “shipper” users and transport companies, which is supported by economic gains.” Jérôme Gabalde.

Clarity and transparence on transport’s GHG emissions



Finally, clarity and transparency on transport’s ghg emissions!


No more “Home-made” calculators and
other poor averages on the market…



The MTES decree of February 26,2019sets the foundation for third-party control of GHG calculations:

  • With this new text, the Ministry of Ecology sets up a system for the voluntary verification by COFRAC-accredited bodies(or equivalent) of the services provided to calculate the information on the quantity of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted during a transport service.


As a reminder, Articles D. 1431-1 to D. 1431-23 of the Transport Code lay down the calculation principles common to all modes of transport (rail or guided, road, inland waterway, maritime, air) and the procedures for informing the beneficiary. The methodology of calculation is based on the European standard for the calculation and reporting of energy and greenhouse gas emissions from transport services (EN 16258).


These regulatory provisions, combined with the obligation for large companies to no longer use default values as of July 2019, reinforce the strategy of TK’Blue Agency, whose GHG calculator was, as of September 2013, verified by Bureau Veritas as compliant with the provisions of the French decree,thus anticipating well in advance the provisions of this new decree.


TK’Blue will request the renewal of its third-party verification on the basis of these new requirements as soon as COFRAC has established the accreditation framework for the bodies in charge of these verifications and they are known and accredited. This verification should be a simple formality given thatTK’Blue’s GHG calculator complies with the original ministerial decree and adapts to the various regulatory changes(2017 decree).


At a time when international initiatives and TK’Blue Agency are pushing for the adoption of an ISO standard as an extension of the European standard EN 16 258 to establish transparencybetween different methodologies and calculations carried out by different tools, the verification system set up in France, and based on accreditation by a signatory body of the multilateral EA agreement (European cooperation for accreditation), constitutes to date the best possible international recognition of GHG calculations. Indeed, the accreditation of the verifier by an EA member (see box*) reinforces the international recognition of their certificates.


TK’Blue Agency supports this approach by actively cooperating in international harmonization work(such as that carried out by GLEC manufacturers) and by formalizing its participation in financing future ISO standardization work.


*Framed on EA’s MLA agreement:

The Multilateral Agreement EA (European cooperation for accreditation, is an agreement signed between the members of EA by which the signatories recognize and accept the equivalence of the accreditation systems used by the signatory members, as well as the reliability of the results of conformity assessment provided by the conformity assessment bodies (CABs) accredited by the signatory members. It makes effective the objective “Accredited once, accepted everywhere”. Market acceptance of conformity assessment results provided by conformity assessment bodies accredited by EA MLA signatories is of major importance for the European internal market by facilitating cross-border trade and demonstrating compliance with European legislation for products and services that contribute to the protection of health, safety and the environment.